We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We accept applications between July and August for the following year. You can apply through the Graduate Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Portal.

Registered nurse - graduate

We offer 12-month placements for graduate nurses. These are done in 6 month rotations between either Longreach Hospital and Winton Hospital or Barcaldine Hospital and Blackall Hospital.

The placements are for 64 to 76 hours per fortnight. We encourage our graduates to apply for permanent roles and continue working with us.

Our rural facilities have one general ward where you will care for:

  • medical patients
  • surgical patients
  • orthopaedic patients
  • patients requiring medical imaging
  • paediatric patients
  • oncology patients
  • palliative care patients
  • day surgery patients - Longreach only
  • perioperative patients - Longreach only.

Our rural facilities also have 1 or 2 bed emergency departments which our graduates work in.

Three of our rural health facilities are multipurpose health services (MPHS). This means they are both an acute facility as described above, as well as having residential aged care. Six months of your rotation will be at an MPHS and the other 6 months will be in an acute facility.

How to apply

Recruitment opens in July and ends in August with interviews held early October. Graduates are appointed through 2 intakes in February and May.

Orientation will coincide with your start date.

Apply through the Graduate Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Portal.

You can find eligibility information on the portal website.

You can email us at cw-training@health.qld.gov.au if you have any questions about our graduate programs. Make sure you read the information on the portal website first.

Graduate program overview


As part of our graduate program we offer the following educational resources and support:

  • orientation – online and face to face
  • workplace induction
  • preceptorship
  • transition support
  • study days related to your practice area
  • professional development opportunities
  • clinical competencies
  • self-assessment and performance reviews
  • peer support
  • career development pathways.


For clinical placements we offer:

  • ward induction
  • supernumerary days
  • supported practice
  • preceptors
  • clinical facilitators
  • nurse educators.

Collegial support

  • nurse educator
  • clinical facilitators
  • workplace preceptors.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing

We offer a partnered program with CQUniversity where graduates can gain a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.

Placements receive Commonwealth Supported Places Funding, with fee savings to eligible students in 2022.

The structure and content of our programs allow for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 2 subjects.


We offer graduate midwife placements when we're able to. If you're interested in a placement, please email cw-maternitymanager@qld.gov.au.

Last updated: March 2023