Graduate Nurse Program (Applications for 2021 are now closed)

Perth Clinics’ Graduate Nurse Program offers comprehensive support and guidance for nurses to transition from academia to clinical practice in mental health.

Perth Clinic’s Graduate Nurse Program is a unique and exciting program undertaken in partnership with Notre Dame University. The program is designed to expose first year Registered Nurses to a diverse range of clinical experiences in mental health.

Perth Clinic offers a 12 month program for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses with rotations through four specialty clinical mental health areas. This program includes:

  • Exposure to acute psychiatry, drug and alcohol patients, adolescent patients and patients with complex trauma.
  • Clinical skill based development and comprehensive knowledge relevant to the care of mental health patients supported by two quarantined study days built into the graduate program each month.
  • To ensure graduate nurses practise collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team in a culturally safe manner, valuing ethical behaviour graduate nurses are provided with a preceptor on all rotations.

Career pathways for graduate nurses

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. This intensive program is a unique collaboration between The University of Notre Dame Australia and Perth Clinic. It comprises units in advanced health assessment, clinical nursing practice and nursing governance. As part of the program, you undertake a series of clinical rotations and written projects.

Upon graduation, graduates can embark on a further year of study leading to a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing and, later, a Master of Nursing.


Perth Clinic offers one graduate intake per year, in January. Applications for the 2021 program are now closed.

For preliminary inquiries about the Graduate Nurse Program please contact Siobhan McElroy on 9488 2930 or email:

Formal applications should be addressed to the Director of Clinical Services and include:

  • personal details;
  • work experience;
  • details of your academic history;
  • your current resume; and
  • 2 current references

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Perth Clinic is the leading provider of acute mental health care in Western Australia.

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