Graduate Programs for Nurses and Midwives

Your path to a brighter nursing future

Armadale Kalamunda Group (AKG), comprising of Armadale Health Service (AHS) and Kalamunda Hospital (KH), is one of Western Australia’s leading health care providers. We enjoy the benefits of being part of a bigger network of excellent health services through the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), while retaining our unique identity and relaxed working environment with genuine family friendly work practices.

Armadale Health Service's busy Emergency Department delivers exceptional emergency care to a diverse and growing community of some 182,000 people from the local catchment, with around 60,000 adult, paediatric and obstetric emergency presentations expected each year.

Kalamunda is a 39 bed specialist palliative care hospital located in the Darling scarp at the eastern limits of the Perth metropolitan area.

Armadale Kalamunda Group’s Graduate Programs are designed to support and encourage graduates in their first year of practice to achieve their personal and professional goals and consolidate their clinical practice. Our staff will provide you with support and education as you make the transition from student to registered/enrolled nurse or midwife.

We believe in lifelong learning and development as the key to your success and ours, and deliver a wide range of professional education and learning opportunities to help our staff gain valuable personal and professional skills.

The five Armadale Kalamunda Group Graduate Programs

12-month Enrolled Nurse Program (Armadale Health Service and Kalamunda Hospital)

Armadale Health Service offers a comprehensive 12-month hospital based enrolled nurse (EN) graduate program where you can develop your nursing career across both general and mental health clinical areas.

Our general program will give you a range of clinical experiences and education across the hospital with rotations including:

  • Medical
  • Rehabilitation and sub-acute medical
  • Mental health
  • Palliative care.

12-month Registered Nurse Program (Armadale Health Service and Kalamunda Hospital)

Armadale Kalamunda Group offers a 12-month general program delivering a range of clinical experiences across the hospital, complemented by general education that includes general surgical, paediatrics and mental health education.

Rotations include:

  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Long stay medical
  • Same Day Unit
  • Rehabilitation and sub-acute medical
  • Mental health
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative care.

12-month Registered Midwife Program (Armadale Health Service only)

Armadale Health Service offers a comprehensive midwifery program to develop your midwifery career. The Graduate Midwife Program is run on site at Armadale Health Service through our Maternity Unit, which comprises of inpatient wards, labour and birth suite, Antenatal Assessment Unit, Antenatal Clinics, Visiting Midwife Service, and Neonatal Unit. Graduate Midwives will have the opportunity to rotate through these areas. There may be an opportunity to also work within the Maternity Group Practice.

12-month Perioperative Program for Registered Nurses (Armadale Health Service only)

This is a 12 month specialty program offering two places for those considering a career in perioperative nursing specialising in General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Urology and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit.  There is also an introduction to pre and post-operative care in the Same Day Unit and experience in the Endoscopy department.  

12-month Mental Health Graduate Program for Registered Nurses (Armadale Mental Health Service only)

The Armadale Mental Health Service (located on the AHS campus) provides inpatient, outpatient and community services for adults predominantly from the Armadale, Gosnells and Serpentine-Jarrahdale local government areas.

Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • consultation, assessment and treatment for moderate to severe mental health problems
  • individual, group and family therapy
  • education on mental health conditions and the medication prescribed
  • mental health recovery programs and life skills development.

The Mental Health Graduate Program for Registered Nurses offers a 12-month program in mental health nursing in partnership with Notre Dame University. Recruitment into this program is through the AKG Mental Health option via GradConnect (external site), the WA Department of Health's centralised graduate recruitment website.

This program is designed for graduates wanting to specialise in mental health and provides the opportunity to work across a wide range of practice settings, gaining a broad range of clinical experience, and be provided with regular and ongoing clinical support.

12 month registered nurse Emergency Department program (64hrs per fortnight)

The Armadale Emergency Department sees approximately 65,000 presentations annually across all age groups and specialities. Our graduate nurse program offers a supported, structured introduction to Emergency nursing, rotating through the ambulatory, general assessment, mental health and paediatric care areas.

12-month Registered Nurse Program Endoscopy (Armadale Health Service and Kalamunda Hospital)

Armadale Kalamunda Group is offering a 12-month specialty program in the general education of Endoscopy.  This program will be run across two sites where you will gain the skills in pre and post-operative care of endoscopy patients, recovery and the roles of scout and endoscopy nurse in the endoscopy suite.

Recruitment information

The AKG Graduate Programs commence annually in February.

The Registered Midwife Program also has a mid-year intake, commencing in July or August.

To be considered for a position in an AKG Graduate Program, you must register on-line via GradConnect (external site). Please refer to this website for further information.

No positions will be allocated outside of this process and time period.