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Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (GVAMHWS) at Goulburn Valley Health provides an innovative range of services for people with mental health issues requiring short- and long-term support and care. The services are provided to the municipalities of Mitchell, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, City of Greater Shepparton and Moira. The service works within a recovery orientated framework to deliver high quality services to a diverse population within the region and upholds the GV health CREATE values

What do our services provide?

  • Psychiatric assessment and treatment
  • A confidential service 24 hour/7-day access to the service
  • Carer and family support and education
  • Outreach services to outlying areas of the region
  • Ability to link in to state-wide services for specialty consultation
  • Education and consultancy services to other agencies

Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (GVAMHWS) comprises of in-patient, aged residential and community mental health services for the region. The centre is located in the provincial city of Shepparton, approximately 180kms north of Melbourne and offers a variety of recreational and country lifestyles. Graduate nurses work across areas of the mental health service and are an important part of the teams in each area.

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Goulburn Valley Health offers an exciting opportunity to make the transition from a newly graduated registered nurse to competent practitioner into the specialised field of mental health nursing.  The graduate nurse works in a well-supported environment and is a valued member of teams.  We strive to support and encourage personal and professional development. All graduate nurses are provided with regular clinical supervision, study days and an allocated preceptor on each rotation.  They are well supported by the professional development unit.

GVAMHWS goal is to develop mental health nurses for the future that have a strong recovery orientated approach, can work collaboratively with a diverse workforce and consumer group. We are looking for people that meet GV Health’s organisational goals, have a passion for working with people with mental illness and want to make a difference to their recovery journey.  To have an interest in working with consumers and carers to provide mental health care which enables supported decision making.

GVAMHWS partners with higher education to deliver a high-quality graduate nurse program that offers transition into mental health nursing while exploring the most current theories and concepts that underpin mental health nursing.

A number of universities offer Recognition of Prior Learning for the units of study successfully completed during the mental health graduate year with GV Health. Ongoing studies in mental health nursing is strongly encouraged by GVAMHS. Upon completion of the program there are a range of career pathways that the GV mental health graduate nurse will be able to choose from.

Positions: The program offers up to 11 graduate positions per year at 0.8 FTE (64hrs/fortnight)

Rotations: Three clinical placements within the year.  All graduate nurses rotate into the inpatient unit and in addition will be offered a range of experiences in our community teams and specialised residential care.

Duration: Graduate program 1 year with post graduate positions for second year available

Application Process: Eligible candidates must apply through Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Allocation and Placement Service via, create an account and then apply to the PMCV match when it opens on Monday 27 May. In addition, direct application must also be made to GV Health via Current Vacancies at GV Health.

For all applications, please remember to include:

  • A current version of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Your application cover letter with clear preference for the ‘GV Health Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program’ addressed to Michelle Walker- Graduate Nurse Coordinator
  • An academic transcript including results key
  • Two clinical referees
  • Two placement reports including one mental health
  • Evidence of VISA and English language skills test if applicable
  • Application tips for a mental health graduate year:

2024 Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program Information Sessions

Face to face: Wednesday 8 May, 10-11am at Elsie Jones Education Centre, GV Health

Virtual: Tuesday 23 May, 2pm-3.30pm via Teams

For more information email or or phone (03) 5832 2111.

More information about mental health nursing post graduate studies is available via La Trobe University.