Student Clinical Placements

MDHS fosters collegial partnerships with many Higher Education Providers to facilitate clinical placement opportunities from work experience through to undergraduate and postgraduate placements.  These are offered over a broad range of disciplines, and in a variety of settings including Nursing, Medical, Occupational Health, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Dental, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging, Community Services, Health Information Management, Supply, Maintenance, Kitchen and Hotel Services.

Reasonably priced student accommodation is available either onsite or within a short walking distance from the main campus. Our Staff Development Unit can be contacted for bookings on telephone (03) 5461 0368.

All students must direct placement enquiries to their current Course Coordinator, who then negotiates with our Staff Development Unit to arrange placements.  ViCPlace is an integral part of this process.

Graduate Nurse Programs for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Enrolled Nurses (ENs)


EN Graduate Nurse Program 2017 Handbook 


Program Overview

Maryborough District Health Service’s (MDHS) Graduate Nurse Programs are an exciting way to begin your career.  The aim of the programs is to facilitate a smooth transition from student to the competent, confident professional Registered or Enrolled Nurse (RN or EN).

The quality of nursing care rests on the knowledge, skills and values of nurse clinicians.  For the Graduate this is a crucial period of intensive, rewarding learning in a stimulating and positive environment.  For the nursing staff it is an opportunity to foster the expertise of new practitioners to ensure that the future health care needs of the population are met.

MDHS offers graduates the opportunity to experience regional and rural nursing through a structured rotational process.  Graduates undertake 3 month (minimum) rotations through clinical areas across our MDHS campuses:  Maryborough, Dunolly and Avoca, offering specialty area experience in the Urgent Care Centre, Theatre, District Nursing, Aged Care and more.  In 2017 we have expanded our partnerships with Primary Care and Regional Health Services to offer further diversity of experience.


Graduate Nurse Support

•Clinical support and preceptorship for all placements

· Supernumerary and orientation time and Annual Leave within the program structure

· Focused study days with supplemental study days offered

•Regular formal and informal debriefing sessions

•Access to a variety of interactive web-based programs


Program Reviews include….:

‘I have loved my time here and would recommend any student to apply for a graduate year [at MDHS] as I have received fantastic support and have grown in many ways as a nurse’

‘Thank you for a great program…I will be highly recommending the graduate program here at MDHS’

‘Fantastic opportunities available’

‘Have had a fantastic learning experience…and am very grateful’

‘All the staff have been very supportive’


How to Apply:

Application requirements and the position description can be accessed through the vacancies tab under this 'Careers' section.

All applications must be submitted online via the MDHS e-recruit system and must include:

          Cover letter (please address to Denise Richards, Staff Development  Manager)

          Curriculum Vitae (CV)

          Response to each Key Selection Criteria (refer appropriate Position Description via e-recruit system)

          Two clinical referees

          Academic transcript

          All 2nd and 3rd year clinical assessments


Closing date for EN Graduate Program applications is Sunday, 20 November 2016.

For more information please contact Denise Richards, Staff Development Manager, on 5461 0367 or email:


MDHS participates in the Post-Graduate Medical Council of Victoria’s (PMCV) computer match process for all graduate Registered Nurse vacancies.


Hospital Description

MDHS is a large rural referral health service employing around 430 staff and providing a diverse range of services across 3 campuses: Maryborough; Dunolly, and Avoca.  MDHS has strong links to both Bendigo Health Service and Ballarat Health Service who are the major referral hospitals for the health service.

Maryborough campus offers acute specialties including medical, surgical, obstetrics, paediatrics, theatre, urgent care, dialysis, oncology services, community and primary health care. 

Dunolly campus is a progressive facility with 20 Aged Care beds and 4 acute medical beds with a small clinic/urgent care area. This is supported by GP workforce and telehealth. 

Avoca is a residential and aged care service with 20 beds, 10 of which are low care hostel beds and respite facilities.

Regional Attractions

Maryborough is situated on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by bushland. Our large town has roots which date back to the gold rush days of the mid 1800’s when gold mining was the predominant industry in the region.  An amazing cluster of heritage buildings can be found centrally around the Maryborough Civic Centre, and including the hospital itself. Maryborough is a 45 minute drive from both Ballarat and Bendigo and offers a large range of supermarkets, shops and eateries within the town centre.  Avoca, less than 30km away, is widely known as the gateway to the Pyrenees Wine Region.  Attractions include:



•Great restaurants

•Markets and Festivals

•Water skiing on Lake Laanecoorie, Cairn Curran Reservoir and The Loddon River

•A Variety of sporting groups and facilities including netball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball, boot camp, YMCA and multiple gym facilities

•Camping, Fishing & Boating

•Maryborough Highland Festival & Games

Energy Breakthrough annually

Country Racing Meets including the renowned Avoca Races.

Great facilities for children including Kindergartens, schools and specialised schools

•Friendly communities that make you feel welcome