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Graduate and Post Graduate Nurse Programs

Graduate Nurse Programs

Bendigo Health provides professional, supportive and structured graduate programs tailored to enhance the transition of new nurses into the health workforce. The aims of the graduate nurse programs at Bendigo Health are to support newly registered nurses in their transition to employment, offering the opportunity for consolidation of clinical knowledge, skills, experience and professional development. The programs foster the development of confidence with support from nurse educators, clinical support nurses, preceptors, group orientation and structured study days.

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Post graduate Nurse Programs

Advanced Clinical Nursing Management course

This one semester course was specifically created to meet the increasing demand for nursing staff to care for patients with higher acuity needs in the medical/surgical wards and receives industry credit recognition for advanced standing towards a Master in Nursing (Acute care). The course is open to registered nurses at Bendigo Health and across the Loddon Mallee region. The course is usually conducted February to June each year. 

For more information please phone Course Coordinators, Jodie White or Jude Downie, on 5454 9088 or email

Certificate in Gerontological Nursing

The Certificate of Gerontological Nursing consists of three units and 24 hours of specialised aged care clinical experience. The course is delivered over two semesters including face to face study days, self directed learning and clinical experience. The course is designed to enhance reflective practice, critical thinking skills and develop advance clinical nursing skills and knowledge relevant to the care of the older person in various settings. This course receives industry credit recognition at La Trobe University.

Course Prerequisites

  • Students must be registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse
  • Students must be working with older people in one of the following areas: residential aged care, acute, sub-acute or community.

Click here for the Certificate in Gerontological Nursing brochure. 

For more information please phone Course Coordinator, Tracy Kidd, on 5454 6428 or email

Post Graduate Critical Care Nursing Course

Bendigo Health and La Trobe University Bendigo jointly conduct postgraduate courses in Critical Care Nursing, with candidates being employed by Bendigo Health and undertaking their clinical experience in the Bendigo Health Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. The 12 month Critical Care Nursing Course is structured to enable students to build simultaneously their theoretical knowledge base and clinical patient care skills. It is run from February to February each year.

For more information please phone Course Coordinators, Kim Fuzzard or Michelle Hogan, on 5454 7926 or email or

Post Graduate Midwifery Course

Bendigo Health and La Trobe University Bendigo jointly conduct the Post Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, with candidates being employed by Bendigo Health and undertaking their clinical experience in Maternity Services at Bendigo Health (including Birthing Suites, Women’s Clinics, MAMTA, Special Care Nursery, Midwifery Home Care and Women's Ward). Course work is undertaken as a Postgraduate Diploma at La Trobe University. The course prepares candidates to provide care in partnership with women and their families to support, care and advise during pregnancy, labour and the post partum period conducting antenatal care, births and care of the newborn. The course is 12 months in duration, conducted February to February each year. Post Graduate qualifications in midwifery are required by law to practice as a midwife in Australia. Successful completion of this course leads to registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.  

For more information please email or Heather Grimes at

Nurse Practitioner

Applications for the role of Nurse Practitioner Candidate are advertised when a business unit from within Bendigo Health completes a Business Plan demonstrating the need for a Nurse Practitioner.  Please see Nurse Practitioner Guidelines 2012-2016 on Prompt and also on Department of Health website. Nurse Practitioner Candidates are supported throughout their university studies and practicum by a specific advisory group, nurse practitioner special interest group and senior nurse management. Upon completion of studies and experience candidates apply to Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency for endorsement to practice as a Nurse Practitioner. Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who are authorised to autonomously and collaboratively care for clients within a defined practice area, in an advanced and extended clinical role and provides leadership in progressing care and policy related to clinical care. The role includes, but is not limited to: advanced assessment, referrals, prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic tests.  
Bendigo Health is proud to have developed nurse practitioners in the roles of: wound care, palliative care, respiratory care, renal care, pain management, aged care, oncology care, and emergency care.

Regional Continuing Nursing and Midwifery Education (CNME) Program

The CNME program is funded by the Department of Health and conducted through CHERC to health services across the Loddon Mallee region. The program is for eligible public health services to support planned acute nursing and midwifery educational activities that are aimed at improving patient care and service provision in the acute sector/setting. 
The CNME program includes seven core topics that were chosen in a collaborative process whereby the top ten areas of clinical risk for the region. 

These topics are: 

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) education and assessment;
  • Communication, documentation and nurse accountability;
  • Patient assessment: the inpatient with impaired skin integrity;
  • Patient assessment skills;
  • Patient assessment: the deteriorating patient;
  • Falls: symptom or outcome;
  • Quality use of medications.

Click here for Continuing Nursing and Midwifery Education Calendar

For more information please phone course coordinator, Tracy Kidd, on 5454 6428 or email

The Psychiatric Services Professional Development Unit

Located on Level 6, North Wing, Anne Caudle Centre campus 
Phone: 03 5454 7604

The Psychiatric Services Professional Development Unit provides professional leadership to psychiatric nurses practicing at Bendigo Health by driving mental health workforce innovation in the areas of clinical, educational and research interests.

This team specifically aims to develop and co-ordinate:

  • Education and professional development – undergraduate, postgraduate nursing and allied health students The team is also responsible for the delivery of education and training to various other divisions of nursing and the broader community health services, including small rural hospital staff and drug and alcohol services. 
  • Clinical supervision 
  • Development and practical utilisation of research 

The team is also responsible for the monitoring of standards of psychiatric nursing practice within Bendigo Health psychiatric services. The unit also oversees the implementation of recruitment strategies to ensure the longer term sustainability of this specialised workforce.

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