Mercy Health offers a 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 a fortnight (0.8 full time equivalent) for a program commencing in January or February 2024.

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)
  • Palliative care (in the community)

Graduate support and development

  • Hospital and program orientation
  • Supernumerary time at commencement of each rotation
  • Clinical support is provided by the learning team and preceptors in the clinical areas
  • Paid study days

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 5 June 2023 and close on 7 July 2023. Applicants will be required to apply via the Mercy Health careers website and upload supporting documents.

Documents that will be required will include:

  • Letter of application addressing the key selection criteria in 600 words or less (outlined on the career website)
  • Two page curriculum vitae outlining relevant experience and clinical rotations
  • Two clinical Referees including their professional title, place of work and both email and phone contact details
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts to date (including ‘key to results’)
  • Two recent summative clinical appraisals (must be certified)

Please note:

  • If you wish to apply for more than one graduate program then you will need to submit a separate application to each individual advert.
  • Successful applicants are required to provide a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Primary contact

Graduate Program Lead
email to:

Last reviewed May 21, 2019.