Supported graduate nursing
in the heart of Australia

Early Career Nurse Program - Central Australia

At Congress, your graduate experience allows you to learn and develop in a safe, supportive environment supported by an integrated primary health care team.

Application timeframes

Applications open

Open now! 

Applications close

Midnight, Sunday 8 January 2023

Interviews

From 11 January 2023

 First round offers

Monday, 16 January – Applicants have one week to accept in writing

Second round offers

Monday, 23 January – Applicants have one week to accept in writing

Graduate program commences

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Primary health care allows you to work with patients to prevent illness through health checks, health education and a holistic approach to service provision. That means you can help improve the wellbeing of the people you care for and not just respond to sickness.

Nurses play a central role in the delivery of team-based and multi-disciplinary care, particularly for patients with chronic and complex conditions.

The Early Career Nurse Program- Central Australia (Graduate Program) consists of a 2-year full- time program that offers two distinctive clinical pathways. Employment is offered on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) Monday to Friday.  

A supportive and safe educational environment has been created to ensure positive learning outcomes are achieved to allow continued professional development and emphasis on clinical up-skilling through hands-on clinical practice in addition to formal training and recommended post-graduate study opportunities. 

Working with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress not only offers rewarding career options, but a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • Six (6) weeks’ annual leave
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Access to the Congress health services for you and your family at no cost
  • District allowance and Remote Benefits
  • Additional leave and benefits for remote placements

The PHN Northern Territory Health Professional Relocation Grant is available to assist and support health professionals relocating to the Northern Territory. This grant can help with the costs of things like household removals, flights, transport and other related expenses.

In addition, candidates relocating for the program will receive rent assistance of up to $200 per week throughout their two year contract!

Clinical Pathways

Two distinctive clinical pathways are on offer within the graduate program, which enables an excellent transition to practice in either Primary Health Care or Remote Primary Health Care.

A structured 2-year supportive program, designed to provide support and education to ease the transition into practice and allow for professional and personal development in a Primary Health Care Clinic. This pathway is designed for graduates to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to work competently throughout clinics, with the view of gaining exposure and skills in a specialty area. This pathway includes: 

Primary Health Care rotation in Town/Urban Clinic (12 months)

  • COVID 19 Vaccination Training Program
  • Framing Indigenous Health Course
  • Remote Advance Nursing Practice Course
  • Venipuncture/ Peripheral Intravenous Catheters
  • Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program

Alice Springs Hospital rotation (6 months) in one of: 

  • Emergency Department
  • Paediatrics Department
  • Medical Ward
  • Surgical Ward
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Ward.

(Note: rotation area is determined by hospital)

Speciality Rotation (6 months)

  • Women’s health
  • Mens health
  • Child health
  • Chronic disease management 
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Remote work can be very rewarding. Accommodation is provided in community, along with access to transport to and from the community on days off (by arrangement). While working in remote communities, your roster will include on-call shifts which are well supported by remote area nurses (RANs) and doctors on site and via the phone.

Check out Congress’ remote clinics. 

A structured two year supportive program, designed to provide support and education to ease the transition into practice and allow for professional and personal development in Primary Health care with a view of continuing onto remote area nursing, this pathway ensure graduates have the appropriate skills and experience to transition into the remote environment. This pathway includes:

Primary health care rotation in town clinic (6 months)

  • COVID 19 Vaccination Training Program
  • Framing Indigenous Health Course
  • Remote Advance Nursing Practice Course
  • Venipuncture/ Peripheral Intravenous Catheters
  • Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program

Alice Springs Hospital rotation (6 months) in one of:

  • Emergency Department
  • Paediatrics Department
  • Medical Ward
  • Surgical Ward
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Ward.

(Note: rotation area is determined by hospital)

Remote Primary Health Care Clinic (12 months: 2 x 6 month rotations in two different remote clinics)

  • Introduction to CARPA Manual
  • Maternity Emergency Care Course
  • Remote Emergency Care Course
  • Advance Life Support
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses
  • 4WD Driver Training Course

Complete post grad study for free through the fully funded Graduate Certificate Remote Health Practice

This course aims to prepare health professionals new to remote contexts to work with the people and professionals of Remote Areas to keep remote and indigenous people well and manage their health. It aims to provide education at a foundational level across three major content areas that underpin practice within the discipline of remote health.

The remote context- an inseparable work and living environment characterised by unique cultural, social, economic, geographical, and climate conditions.

Public Health- a population based framework for planning, developing, managing and evaluating initiatives and programs to promote health and prevent disease.

Application to practice- inter-professional and profession specific skills, knowledge and attributes required for competent, confident, accountable remote and indigenous health practice within primary health Care.

Complete two core topics:

  • Core topic REMH8001 Context of Remote and Indigenous Health – has mandatory 5-day intensive Framing Indigenous Health
  • Core topic REMH8002 Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care

Complete two elective topics from the following

  • Elective topic REMH8006 Remote Advanced Nursing Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics – has a 5-day mandatory intensive Remote Advanced Nursing Practice.
  • Elective topic REMH8007 Remote Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan
  • Elective topic REMH8014 Ethics, Power and Practice
  • Elective topic REMH8021 Chronic Disease in Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care

To be eligible to apply for the 2023 Early Career Nurse Program – Central Australia you must:  

  • Hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, or able to obtain prior to commencement of program
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a visa allowing ongoing, full-time employment in Australia
  • Have less than 6 months full-time equivalent experience as a registered nurse
  • Commit to a 6-month rotation at Alice Springs Hospital as part of the program

Positions in the program are limited.

You must apply online. In your application you are required to provide the following:

  1. Responses to the questions asked through the online application
  2. A cover letter detailing your interest, skills and experience relevant to the program. It must also address in no more than 250 words the following statement:

As a new graduate nurse, how would you contribute to and support Congress’ values and vision while delivering care in the cultural context of Central Australia?

(You can learn about Congress’ values and vision here)

  1. A current resume providing an overview of your education and work experience.
  2. Details of two nominated referee/s. These must be registered nurses directly involved in supervising you while on clinical placement.
  3. Two clinical placement reports from your third-year clinical placement.
  4. A copy of your academic transcript.

Note: All documents (ie. resume, cover letter, placement reports, transcript) should be uploaded in a single file.