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Join us in Nursing & Midwifery

This page is designed to provide you with information about nursing and midwifery recruitment opportunities and the positions we have available within the Western NSW Local Health District. We are always looking for staff to join our workforce and help make a difference to our culturally diverse communities. We can offer a great lifestyle, travel and ongoing professional development, along with the excitement of using all your skills and experience in rural and remote health care.

Our philosophy is to work to ensure nursing and midwifery care is always provided at the highest standard, is holistic and patient-centred, and delivered by professional, educated and innovative nurses and midwives who value each other and continually strive for excellence.

There are many opportunities and pathways to join our team including:

​Aboriginal C​​​adetships

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Cadetship Program aims to increase the number of University qualified Aboriginal Registered Nurses and Midwives across NSW. Western NSW Local Health District is actively involved in this program providing employment at local facilities and support to cadets.

What the Cade​​tship Offers

  • Study allowance of $600 per fortnight while at University
  • Employment for 12 weeks fulltime in your local hospital
  • Receive support from a Mentor, Clinical Preceptor and Program Coordinator
  • Ongoing employment once graduated


To be eligible for a cadetship, a person must:

  • Be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be enrolled full time  in a nursing or midwifery degree at an Australian University
  • Be enrolled for their first undergraduate degree course
  • Be an Australian resident


Applications for the Cadetship Program open each year in December. Applications are submitted via the NSW Health recruitment page for Aboriginal Cadetships.

Further Information

Nursing & Midwifery Office NSW Health
 Phone: 1800 155 325

Jackie Corliss
Manager Nursing Workforce (Western NSW LHD Cadet Coordinator) 

 Phone: (02) 6330 5825

Enrolled N​​urses

Come and work in a rural setting where Enrolled Nurses are respected for their knowledge and experience and valued members of the team. The employment of Enrolled Nurses across many specialties allows the development of advanced skills and the chance to become an integral part of a team. 

If you are after variety and a broad range of experiences and skill development then consider working in a Multipurpose Service (MPS). Enrolled Nurses in MPSs need to have a multitude of skills to work across a wide range of clients to meet their health needs including aged care, palliative care, wound care, and assisting in emergencies such as multi traumas and chest pain.

Opportun​ities for Enrolled Nurses

  • ​Ongoing Education - The provision of education includes Enrolled Nurse specific education and nursing education for the whole team including:

    • ​Support to attend education courses and conferences

    • Variety of education courses provided across the area

Enrolled Nurse t​o Registered Nurse

If you are considering becoming a Registered Nurse, Western NSW Local Health District has various supports and scholarship opportunities available to assist with your transition.

Further Information

Jackie Corliss
Manager Nursing Workforce 

 Phone: (02) 6330 5825

​Registere​d Nurses

The Western NSW Local Health District is currently looking for adventurous staff to join our unique workforce and help make a difference to our culturally diverse communities. Many opportunities exist for travel and further education. We offer programs including the Transition to Practice Program, Midwifery.

Programs and many other great opportunities. Escape from the hectic pressures of the city and enjoy a more relaxed and tranquil environment.


Opportu​nities for Registered Nurses

  • Advanced and speciality nursing skills practice
  • B​road range of nursing experience
  • Basic Life Support & Advanced Life Support
  • Mental Health Course
  • Clinical Leadership Program
  • FLECC First Line Emergency Course
  • Midwifery Scholarships
  • Nurse Practitioner Scholarships
  • Immunisation Course
  • NSW College of Nursing Courses
  • Formal and Informal In-service Program
  • Rural Generalist Nursing Program
  • Other Short Courses e.g. CRANA, TNCC, PHECC
  • Opportunities for career advancement including Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners and management opportunities

Further Information

Jackie Corliss

Manager Nursing Workforce 

 Phone: (02) 6330 5825

GradStart - Transition to Professional Practice

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) offers transition to professional practice programs for new graduate registered nurses and midwives in our GradStart program. WNSWLHD boasts a diverse, passionate and professional nursing and midwifery team, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities. Our highly skilled workforce who will help you build on the foundations of your university studies to support your transition from a new graduate to becoming a competent Registered Nurse or Midwife with a rewarding and exciting career.​

What​​​’s On Offer

Our GradStart program is supported and designed to give you the opportunity to consolidate your skills, knowledge and practice through:

  • Structured orientation to the organisation and workplaces
  • Flexible, tailored programs to meet your career goals
  • Fully paid study days
  • Regular debriefing and coaching
  • Access to post graduate education programs (including Student Midwifery Program)
  • A team of dedicated staff who provide high quality support and education
  • The opportunity to acquire ward management skills in all clinical placements
  • Individualised development plans


WNSWLHD is one of the largest Local Health Districts in New South Wales covering an area of 246,676 square kilometres providing health services in a range of regional, rural and remote settings.

In your application online, you will need to nominate your preferred geographical area which will be WNSWLHD.

Below are the employment preferences that will be located at WNSWLHD for the 2022 GradStart Program.

GradStart Nursing positions: 



WNSWLHD - Bathurst Hospital ​

​February & June intakes as 3 x 4 month ward  rotations

​WNSWLHD - Dubbo Hospital 
February, June & October intakes as 3 x 4 month ward rotations

WNSWLHD - ​Orange Hospital 

February & June intakes as 2 ward rotations​

​WNSWLHD - Bloomfield Hospital

​February intake as 2 ward rotation​s

​WNSWLHD - Central Sector
Gilgandra/Dubbo exchange
Gulargambone/Dubbo Exchange
Peak Hill/Dubbo Exchange
Narromine (12 months)
Tottenham/Trundle/Tullamore Exchange

February intake either 1 x 12 month or 
2 x 6 month placements with August Exchange.
Tottenham/Trundle/Tullamore  3 x 4 month rotations
WNSWLHD - Northern Sector
Coonamble (12 month)
Lightning Ridge (12 month)
Nyngan (12 month)
Walgett (12 month)
Dubbo/Walgett Exchange

February intake Either 1 x 12 month or 
2 x 6 month placements with August Exchange

WNSWLHD - Southern Sector
Blayney/Bathurst Exchange
Grenfell/ Orange Exchange
Mudgee/Rylstone Exchange
Parkes (12 months)
Cowra (12 months)
Forbes (12 months)

February intake Either 1 x 12 month or 
2 x 6 month placements with August Exchange
Parkes offers February and June intakes

Metro-Rural Exchange - Western NSW / Sydney​
Baradine MPS / Concord Hospital
Collarenebri MPS / Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Condobolin MPS / Canterbury Hospital
Walgett MPS / Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 

As 2 x 6 month rotations between Rural and Metro facilities with August exchange​

GradStart Midwifery positions: 



WNSWLHD - Dubbo Health Service 
February commencement
WNSWLHD - Orange Health Service February commencement
WNSWLHD - Mudgee Health Service​
February commencement
WNSWLHD - Lachlan Health Service

February commencement with rotations between Parkes & Forbes​​


Applicants apply through a centralised application process. The recruitment, selection and employment of graduates is undertaken by local health districts/service networks (LHDs/SNs) and hospitals. For additional information on applying to Western NSW LHD GradStart opportunities see our Information for Applicants booklet​​.

Applications for the NSW Health 2022 GradStart recruitment will open on 9am Wednesday 23rd June 2021 and close at 4pm Wednesday 7th July 2021

To apply please visit the NSW Ministry of Heal​th websi​te​ recruitment page​.

For further information please refer to the GradS​tart Handbook​​.

Further Information

Jackie Corliss
Manager Nursing Workforce 

 Phone: (02) 6330 5825

​​​Alison Loudon
District Manager Maternity & Children's Strategies 

 Phone: (02) 6841 2375

 Mobile: 0447 088 239

Clinical Support Officer Nursing & Midwifery Transition & Workforce 
 Phone: (02) 6330 5927

MidS​​tart – Transition to Midwifery​

The MidStart Program provides a career pathway for registered nurses to become registered midwives.  This pathway involves employment as a student midwife while studying a postgraduate midwifery diploma at university.

What’s On ​Offer?

Dependent on the role delineation and capacity of the midwifery service, student midwives will have the opportunity to work across all areas of midwifery practice and may include:

  • Antenatal clinics
  • High risk antenatal clinics
  • Birth suite
  • Postnatal ward
  • Postnatal clinics
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Outreach / group practice
  • Special Care Nursery


RN’s wanting to transition to a Midwife qualification must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia at the time of application.


In your application online, you will need to nominate your preferred geographical area which will be WNSWLHD.

Below are the employment options currently on offer within Western NSW LHD for the MidStart Program in 2022:


Streams Offered​

Intake Commences

WNSWLHD - Bathurst Base Hospital  Antenatal, High Risk Antenatal, Birth Suite, Postnatal, Outpatients, Special Care Nursery February: 12 month placement with rotations within the maternity ward
WNSWLHD - Dubbo Base Hospital Antenatal, High Risk Antenatal, Birth Suite, Postnatal, Outpatients, Special Care Nursery February: 12 month placement with rotations within the maternity ward
WNSWLHD - Lachlan Health Service Antenatal, High Risk Antenatal, Birth Suite, Postnatal, Outpatients, Special Care Nursery February 2 x 6 month placements across Parkes and Forbes hospitals within the maternity wards​

 Find out more about the midwifery and maternity services we offer​.


Applications for the NSW Health 2022 MidStart will open from 9am Tuesday 25 May 2021 and close at 4pm on Wednesday 9 June 2021. 

To apply to NSW Health 2022 MidStart program go to the NSW Health MidStart recruitment page.

The process of contacting and applying for a university placement to study midwifery is your responsibility and is completely separate to the MidStart process.


Further Information

Alison Loudon
District Manager Maternity & Children's Strategies
 Phone: (02) 6841 2375
 Mobile: 0447 088 239

International Recruitment

Western NSW Local Health District participates in the recruitment of internationally educated nurses and midwives, both through the NSW Health Panel of Overseas Recruitment Agencies (PORA) and also where nurses and midwives apply directly to our facilities.

International recruitment by Western NSW Local Health District has made a key contribution to the delivery of high quality clinical services, especially in areas where recruitment is historically very difficult. This has enabled us to provide continuity in the delivery of high standards of patient care, maintain safe levels of care, retain local staff, and have a diverse workforce more reflective of the cultural background of the patients seeking care.​

Find out more about opportunities for overseas trained professionals in WNSWLHD.


Further Information

Liam Dillon
Overseas Recruitment Officer
Phone: (02) 6369 8025


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