Career Development

Commitment to Education

The purpose of Bass Coast Health’s Education department is to encourage and support organisational staff in the ongoing development of best practice within their field and to ensure access to quality health care. The department has a responsibility to coordinate and organise education to all staff who are employed at the Health Service.

The department is staffed by clinical development nurses and a coordinator who deliver structured education sessions to all staff, so that the workforce is able to provide the best possible care for our patients and clients. The education department works in conjunction with other departments to ensure training is relevant to the organisations workforce.

The education department is involved in relationships with Universities & TAFE providers, both in Victoria and interstate, so that we can strive towards the best possible preparation of our future workforce.  Nurses and Midwives are supported to undertake Post Graduate Education and our videoconferencing facilities are utilised on a regular basis so that the nurses/midwives are able to attend lectures at the hospital rather than travelling abroad.

The education department is also a part of the Gippsland Regional Nurse Educators Group, which meets on a regular basis. This group is divided into sub-regions and meetings are held regularly within the south west sub-region which is made up of the following Health Services - West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Warragul), Gippsland Southern Health Service (Korumburra & Leongatha), South Gippsland Hospital (Foster) and Kooweerup Regional Health Service.

Contact Details
Learning & Development Manager
t: 03 5671 3280

Undergraduate Students

Bass Coast Health is involved with undergraduate nursing, midwifery, medical and allied health students. Placements are organised through viCPlace a Department of Health & Human Services initiative which enables Education Providers and Clinical Placement Providers to allocate students in a transparent, open process.

Students undertake an orientation program on their first day at the hospital and complete a number of competencies prior to commencing their clinical placement.

An undergraduate clinical facilitator is employed within the department and their role is to oversee the placement and clinical practice of students.

Our undergraduate students are rotated throughout the Health Service including the community.

Contact Details
Clinical Facilitator / Midwifery Clinical Development Nurse
t: 03 5671 3320

Graduate Nurse Program

Bass Coast Health currently offers 12 Registered Nurse and 3 Endorsed enrolled nurse Graduate Nurse Positions per year, over 2 intakes in February (RN & EEN) and July (RN). 

The Graduate Nurse positions offered are for the duration of 12 months and involve 2 six month rotations across a variety of streams at both the Wonthaggi and San Remo sites.

The streams offered include:
Operating Suite/Acute Ward 
Emergency Department/Acute Ward 
Aged Care/District Nursing 
Sub-Acute/Aged Care 
Haemodialysis/Emergency Department. 

Bass Coast Health Graduate Nurses are provided with ongoing support from the Clinical Development Nurses within the Learning and Development team based at Wonthaggi in conjunction with the clinical staff they work with.

Included within the 12 month program are five paid study days, enabling the development and consolidation of current and additional skills, as well as exposure to other areas within the Health Service.

Applications to the RN Graduate Nurse Program at Bass Coast health are made through the computer match process.
For application details, click HERE.

Applications for the EEN Graduate Nurse Program for 2022 will open later in the year, please refer back than for more details on the applications process.      
For Application details, Click HERE 

For any additional information please do not hesitate to contact the learning and development department via email or via phone (03) 5671 3280 or click HERE to download our Information booklet.

Contact Details
Education Department
t: 03 5671 3320

Clinical Training Network

The Gippsland Clinical Training Network (CTN) has been established to support clinical education and training activities in Victoria's east.

All health service providers within the Gippsland CTN boundaries are automatic members of the network. All education providers that access student clinical placements within the network are also members.

The Gippsland CTN is led by a Committee that is representative of the CTNs membership base. The Committee members represent the different sectors involved in clinical training in the CTN.

The CTN is also supported by the work of a dedicated Coordinator and Information Support Officer.


Clinical Nursing & Midwifery Education

Each year the Department of Health & Human Services funds education across the Gippsland Region. The Gippsland Region is divided into three sub-regions. Bass Coast is a member of the South West Region together with West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Warragul), Gippsland Southern Health Service (Korumburra & Leongatha), South Gippsland Hospital (Foster) and Kooweerup Regional Health Service.

The education managers from each hospital meet on a bi-monthly basis to plan and coordinate the education for the sub-region. Meetings are also held on a regular basis with the Director's of Nursing & Midwifery.

This funding enables visiting speakers to come to the health services and reduces the requirement for nurses and midwives to travel abroad for education. A needs analysis is conducted annually which determines the education plans for the following year.


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