Graduate program – Palliative care

Mercy Health offers a 52-week Graduate Nursing Palliative Care Program at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

This is a rewarding opportunity for graduate nurses who wish to gain knowledge and build confidence in this specialty area. Graduate nurses will be able to gain skills in providing holistic care; assessing and managing pain and other symptoms; and communicating with patients, families and multidisciplinary teams.

The program aims to promote educational opportunities to graduates as they consolidate their theoretical and clinical skills. This is a structured program with a comprehensive focus on the fundamentals of palliative care.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be presented with a certificate of completion.

All graduates are contracted to work 64 hours (0.8 equivalent full time) a fortnight for a fixed term of 52 weeks.

Five weeks of paid annual leave will be taken throughout the graduate year, as per the Nurses and Midwives Enterprise Agreement.

Rotations will include:

  • Palliative care (based at Werribee Mercy Hospital) – six months
  • Palliative care (in the community) – six months


How to apply

Applicants must register with the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Computer Matching Service and rank Mercy Health in their preferences. For further information visit:

Applications will open on 7 June 2021 and close on 9 July 2021. Applicants will be required to apply via the Mercy Health careers website and upload supporting documents

The application process is currently under review and will be updated shortly.

Please note: successful applicants are required to provide a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Last reviewed May 21, 2019.