Five new nurse graduates are being welcomed this week by the Central West Hospital and
Health Service before heading out to the individual hospitals where they will begin their careers.

Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Mathison said the
five new graduates would work in a variety of different clinical areas throughout the region.

Ms Mathison said the five were among a total 17 new nurse graduates and one new midwifery
graduate that were expected to join the health service during the course of this year.

The first six of the new graduates started work on 1 February.

“The five we welcomed this week are our second cohort of new graduates and we are very

pleased to have them,’’ Ms Mathison said.
“Two of them graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, one from
the University of the Sunshine Coast, one from James Cook University’s Cairns Campus and
one from Southern Cross University in Lismore in New South Wales.’’

Ms Mathison said two of the latest group of five graduate nurses would be allocated to
Longreach Hospital and one each to Winton, Blackall and Barcaldine.

“They will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, maternity, emergency, community
and primary health,’’ she said.

“We are very excited to welcome these new nurses as they begin their careers with us here in
the Central West.

“As a health service, we are committed to providing training opportunities for graduate nurses.

“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make.’’

Ms Mathison said the new nurses would undertake a 12-month graduate transition program that
involved theoretical and practical assessments.

“Graduate nurses are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the
transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,’’ she said.

“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling vocation that provides many pathways for career
development, and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live.

“We hope their first year of practice in the Central West will open their eyes to the opportunities
and diverse range of professional experiences available in our region and opt to continue their
career with us in the future.’’

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au