Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Mental health nurses are creative, observant and excellent interpersonal communicators. They are role models, carers and advocates. They connect with people and hold hope when people can no longer do this for themselves. They have built career based on partnering with people experiencing an illness invisible to the eye and smothered in stigma.

Our mental health graduate nurse program facilitates your transition into mental health nursing by providing comprehensive specialist education and 12 months of acute clinical experience at Epworth Clinic.

Up for a challenge? Be rewarded for life as a mental health nurse and start your journey at Epworth Clinic.

Clinical Experience

The mental health graduate nurse program operates within the Epworth Rehabilitation & Mental Health division and is based at Epworth Clinic in Camberwell. The program offers:

  • Orientation to Epworth
  • Mental health nursing orientation through two weeks of study days based at the Alfred Hospital including topics covering mental health assessment, risk management and key principles of practice
  • A study day orientation to mental health nursing at Epworth Clinic, where you will become familiar with our philosophy, documentation and processes
  • Supernumerary days working with our supportive team during both of your six month rotations
  • Clinical supervision (reflective practice) throughout the year – group individual – to provide professional development support and develop your application of knowledge to practice
  • Two six month rotations between our acute mental health units, specialising in acute mental health care and acute aged psychiatry
  • Opportunity of exposure to specialist areas within Epworth Clinic including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive Therapy and Group Psychological Therapy

Clinical Support

The mental health graduate nurse program begins with a comprehensive orientation. This is designed to prepare you for clinical work and introduce you to mental health nursing at Epworth Clinic.

We recognise that clinical support is critical to your transition and development and have a range of support systems in place including:

  • Graduate nurse program coordinator
  • Clinical nurse educator available on site to work with you clinically and provide support
  • Nurse unit managers and associate nurse unit manager within your department available for support and mentoring
  • Clinical nurse specialists in mental health across our clinical areas
  • Trained preceptors to work with you throughout your graduate year


Our mental health graduate nurse program includes a structured theoretical component:

  • Educational study days throughout the year provided by Alfred Health (approximately monthly) to develop your specialist mental health nursing knowledge
  • Educational study days throughout the year provided by Epworth HealthCare aimed at developing critical thinking and clinical decision-making
  • Requirements to complete graded assignments and case presentations throughout the year as credit towards postgraduate study in mental health nursing

Work hours

Graduates are employed on a part-time basis (8 shifts per fortnight). We encourage flexibility in rostering and it is expected that you will work day, evening, weekend and night duty shifts.

Professional development

Epworth HealthCare encourages professional development and will provide ongoing opportunities to consolidate mental health specialist knowledge through the provision of inservices onsite throughout the year. If you have interest in expanding your professional development, you may attend further sessions at our various sites.

About Epworth Clinic

Epworth Clinic provides specialist mental health services to care for the growing number of people seeking support for mental health-related illness.

Located at Epworth Camberwell, two purpose-built inpatient units comprise of 63 private rooms – this includes a dedicated 17 bed aged psychiatry unit. Through a range of modalities, we provide services to voluntary patients who are acutely unwell, in addition to offering a range of innovative outpatients day programs.

At Epworth Clinic we operate as a multidisciplinary clinical team which encompasses consultant psychiatrists, medical officers, registered nurses, clinical psychiatrists and allied health professionals who work collaboratively with patients, coaching them towards recovery.

Epworth Camberwell

Applications and further information

Australian citizens and permanent residents only.

Applications for the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Please apply during the recruitment (intake) periods on our Careers page.

Application dates

Application dates will be advertised on our vacancies page.

Letter of application should be addressed and posted directly to the relevant coordinator and individuals.

Epworth Rehabilitation and Mental Health

Kim Miles
Phone: 03 9415 5706

How to apply

Australian citizens and permanent residents may only apply.

Applications for the Registered Nurse Graduate Program can be submitted via our careers website during recruitment (intake) periods and can be found at our Careers page.

  1. Apply via Epworth Careers to each division of interest
  2. Complete Computer Match preferences listing each Epworth division of interest as a preference (excluding Epworth Geelong)
  3. Post to the relevant graduate coordinator the following documents:
  • Letter of application outlining why you would like to work at Epworth Clinic
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcript with results legend (certified as per Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) standard)
  • Two complete clinical acute placement reports, from your most recent acute placements preferably third year (certified as per AHPRA standard)
  • One passport-sized photo with your name written on the back