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GradStart Orientation Manual

  About Sydney Local Health District:V

As a leading health service in NSW, we are recognised for excellence in patient and family centred care, teaching and research.
Our District provides health services to more than 700,000 people living and working in Sydney's inner west as well as patients from across NSW and Australia. On an average day, we treat about 400 patients in our emergency departments, deliver more than 18 babies and have more than 100 nurses on the road in the community.

We are proudly committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity in healthcare and welcome and value everyone, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. Our services are world class and our staff are dedicated and compassionate. Together, we strive to provide the very best for the health of our community today and in generations to come.

Our district has been proud to play a leading role in the statewide response to COVID-19.

  Why choose Sydney?V





Sydney Local Health District is the place to build an exciting and rewarding career.

We provide employment and career opportunities to more than 14,000 staff across a range of professions.

Our team of 5,000 Nurses and Midwives work together to achieve excellence in health and healthcare for our patients and community. It is important to us that we provide the very best care and services for our patients and their families. We strongly support the health and wellbeing of our staff with ongoing professional development opportunities.

  What support does Sydney offer GradStart participants?V

GradStart Orientation Manual

Our experienced team will support you to build on the foundations of your university studies to a nursing or midwifery career filled with possibilities.

Our supported and facilitated program will give you opportunities to work across a range of clinical specialties to develop and consolidate your skills, knowledge and practice.

Our programs are designed to:

  • Provide a structured and coordinated approach to clinical practice development
  • Promote workplace learning in a conducive climate
  • Enhance collaboration and communication

Staff who support the GradStart Programs in Sydney Local Health District are:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Unit Managers
  • Graduate Coordinators
  • Clinical Nurse and Midwife Educators
  • Directors of Nursing and Midwifery Services
  • The Centre for Education and Workforce Development
  • Sydney Local Health District's Nursing and Midwifery Executive

  2023 GradStart Nursing Programs:V

You can apply to GradStart Nursing Programs through the GradStart Career Portal (Applications open June 2022).

To access Sydney Local Health District's programs and streams, choose "Nursing – Sydney Local Health District" as your first preference.

All interviews are conducted as a District. Prior to your interview we will ask you about some of your interests and preference, such as:

  • What program are you interested in?
  • What stream do you prefer?
  • What are your clinical preferences?
  • Would you like to work part-time (32 hours per week ) or full-time (38 hours per week)
Facilities and Services offering Nursing programs Streams offered Interview Dates Intakes
Balmain Hospital Specialist program focusing on aged care, rehabilitation and leadership development 15 August to
26 August 2022
March 2023
Canterbury Hospital General Nursing Perioperative Nursing Metro/Rural Exchange 15 August to
26 August 2022
March 2023
Sydney District Nursing (and rpavirtual) Community Health Nursing Program with Sydney District Nursing 15 August to
26 August 2022
February 2023
Concord Hospital General Nursing Peri-operative  Nursing Critical Care Metro/Rural exchange

Aged Care & Rehabilitation Cancer Services
15 August to
26 August 2022
February, March & May 2023
Drug Health Services Drug Health Nursing
15 August to
26 August 2022
February 2023
Mental Health Services Mental Health Nursing Mental Health/General Exchange
Mental Health/Drug Health Exchange
15 August to
26 August 2022
February, March & August 2023
Metro-Rural Exchange (Nursing) A unique program in partnership with Western NSW Local Health District:
Involves rotations between
RPAH, Concord or Canterbury Hospital and WNSWLHD
15 August to
26 August 2022
February 2023
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital General Nursing Peri-operative Nursing
Metro/Rural exchange Nursing Mental Health/General Exchange Cardiac Nursing
15 August to
26 August 2022
February, March & May 2023
Tresillian Child and Family Health Nursing 15 August to
26 August 2022
March 2023

  2023 GradStart Midwifery Programs:V

You can apply to GradStart Midwifery Programs through the GradStart Career Portal (Applications open June 2022).

To access Sydney Local Health District's programs and streams, choose "Midwifery – Sydney
Local Health District" as your first preference.

All interviews are conducted as a District. Prior to your interview we will ask you more information about the program you are interested in.

Facilities and Services offering Midwifery programs Rotations offered Interview Dates Intakes
Canterbury Hospital Antenatal clinics, birthing unit, postnatal unit and Special Care Nursery 15 August to
26 August 2022
February 2023
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Antenatal clinics, delivery ward, postnatal unit, antenatal unit and on occasion to NICU 15 August to
26 August 2022
February 2023

  2023 MidStart Programs:V

You can apply to MidStart Programs through the GradStart Career Portal (Applications open May 2022).

To access Sydney Local Health District's programs and streams, choose "MidStart - Sydney Local Health District" as your first preference.

All interviews are conducted as a District. Prior to your interview we will ask you more information about the program you are interested in.

Facility/Service Rotation Information Interview Dates Intakes
Canterbury Hospital Antenatal, birthing unit/delivery ward, postnatal and special care nursery placements.
Opportunities also exist for placements into Midwifery Group Practice
July 2022 February 2023
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Delivery ward, Antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal and neonatal nursery placements. Opportunities also exist for placements into Midwifery Group Practice and the Birth Centre. July 2022 February 2023

  Learn more about Sydney Local Health District's GradStart and MidStart Programs:V

Start your career with one of the leading local health districts in NSW.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria for each program, visit Careers in nursing and midwifery on the NSW Health website.

Nursing and Midwifery GradStart and MidStart programs 2023 Your nursing or midwifery career in Sydney Local Health District Start your nursing career in Sydney Local Health District


NSW Health
GradStart: Graduate nursing
and midwifery recruitment
NSW Health
MidStart: applying for a Postgraduate
midwifery student position
Sydney Local Health District
Centre for Education and
Workforce Development
Sydney Local Health District
Getting Started program

Enquiries

For additional enquiries about Sydney Local Health District's GradStart and MidStart Programs, please contact:

Ms Laura Johns
Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Manager,
Sydney Local Health District
Email: Laura.Johns@health.nsw.gov.au