Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about Monash Health’s Graduate Program.

Program Structure

Do I get to choose the Monash Health site where I undertake my rotations?

No. Successful applicants are given the option to nominate their preferred sites as part of the onboarding process. While all efforts are made to accommodate site preferences, these cannot be guaranteed.

Midwifery and Double Degree Graduates are asked to rank the maternity sites in order of preference and are allocated to a midwifery team at one site for the duration of their Graduate Program. While we endeavour to accommodate first or second site preferences for Midwifery and Double Degree Graduates, we do not guarantee that you will be placed at your first preference site.

Would I have the option to complete an Honours program during my graduate year?

Yes. We encourage our graduates to grow their career and further their knowledge by undertaking an Honours program if they wish to do so.

How many study days are provided during the program?

All Graduates complete a minimum of 5 study days which includes an extensive orientation and specialty study days relevant to their ward area. Many specialty areas and all maternity areas provide additional study days due to the operational needs of those areas.

How many supernumerary days do Graduates get in each rotation?

Graduates receive a minimum of 2 supernumerary days in each rotation. However, some areas will provide additional supernumerary time depending on the orientation requirements of the ward/specialty.

Do you offer support to Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program applicants?

Yes. Monash Health offers a pathway and dedicated support for Aboriginal Nurses and Midwives. Applicants must still register through PMCV APS and submit an application to the Graduate Program job advertisements via Monash Health Mercury eRecruit system.

As a Graduate, am I able to choose the shifts I want to work?

All Monash Health Graduates are required to work a rotating roster, which includes morning, afternoon, and night shifts across all days of the week, including weekends and public holidays.

Many wards allow Graduates to request shifts, but requests are not guaranteed. This process is managed by the Unit Manager of the graduate’s rotation area.

What is the minimum number of hours I can work in my Graduate year?

Monash Health Graduates are contracted to a minimum of 0.84EFT (64 hours per fortnight).

What are my options for ongoing employment after completing the Graduate year?

In the last months of the program, Monash Health Graduates may choose to apply to jobs within their preferred areas to obtain ongoing employment post their Graduate year.

If the Graduate does not obtain a preferred position or does not wish to apply to a specific ward or specialty, the Graduate is automatically granted ongoing employment in Monash Health Bureau Pool at the end of their Graduate year. Graduates are then able to continue to apply directly to ward areas whilst working in Monash Health Bureau Pool if they wish to do so.

This excludes Mental Health Nursing Graduates who are required to apply for ongoing employment in Mental Health at the end of their two-year Program contract.

Streams and Specialties

How many graduate positions are there in each stream?

The following table contains approximate position numbers for each stream.

StreamApprox. position #
General Nursing Summer290
General Nursing Autumn160
Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream50
General Nursing Winter120
Mental Health Nursing35
Midwifery & Double Degree Summer60
Midwifery & Double Degree Winter6

What is the general Nursing Stream?

In the General Nursing streams (Summer, Autumn and Winter) graduates will be granted one rotation from selected preferences from a range of clinical area options including:

Acute Surgical


Acute Medical


Adult Intensive Care







MMC Moor

Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation

King CH

Newborn Services


Cardiac Specialties (CCU and Cath Lab)


Day Units & Specialist Clinics


Residential Aged Care

Doveton, King, Noble Park

Palliative Care


Gastrosciences (including Gastroenterology, Colorectal and Gastrosurgery)


Neurosciences / Neurology / Neurosurgery


Cardiology / Cardiothoracics


Diagnostic imaging








Renal / Nephrology


Graduates may rotate to their preference area in either their first or second clinical rotation. For their other rotation, the graduate may be placed in any clinical area across Monash Health.

Can applicants in the Winter stream nominate specialty preference areas?

Yes. In the Monash Health Graduate Digital Application Form, applicants for the Winter stream can nominate five preference areas from all specialties available at Monash Health.

What are my options if I want to do paediatrics in my Graduate year?

Applicants who wish to pursue a career in paediatrics may apply to either:

  • The Monash Health Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream which offers both Graduate Program rotations in paediatric/neonatal settings
  • The General Nursing Program Summer, Autumn or Winter streams which offers applicants paediatrics/newborn as one option for their five specialty preference areas. This option would be preferable for applicants who do not wish to complete both of their rotations in paediatrics. Please note that if you nominate paediatrics in the General Nursing Program, it is considered one of your five preferences, it is not guaranteed that you will rotate to paediatrics or neonatal areas.

Can I apply for more than one Monash Health Graduate Program stream?

Yes, applicants may apply to multiple Monash Health Program Nursing, Midwifery or Double Degree streams.

If you select multiple streams, including Monash Health Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream, you must:

  • Apply to both/all relevant job ads
  • Use the same completed Monash Health Graduate Digital Application Form (answers do not need to vary between applications).

If I apply to multiple streams (i.e., Monash Health Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Stream and General Nursing Summer), will this take up multiple spaces in my PMCV?

Yes, each stream you apply for will take up one space in your PMCV preference list. For more information, please visit the PMCV website at

Do you require clinical appraisals to be submitted with my application?

No. Monash Health do not require clinical appraisal submissions with your application (excluding Mental Health Nursing Stream applications)

I have never done a placement at Monash Health; will this affect my application?

No. Monash Health welcomes applications from all eligible candidates.

I am not finishing my degree until mid 2023. Should I wait until next year to apply for midyear (Winter) 2023 graduate positions?

No. Applicants interested in commencing midyear in 2023 will be required to apply to the Winter Stream through this round of PMCV.

Applicants will need to select the relevant Winter stream option on the first page of their Monash Health Graduate Digital Application Form and lodge their application in the relevant 2023 Graduate Program job advertisement.

Those applicants that are eligible to participate in PMCV APS also need to rank Monash Health Graduate Program General Nursing Winter stream as one of their four preferences. Midwives and Double Degree Graduates will need to rank the Midwifery or Double Degree Winter streams.

Should I include my upcoming placements when filling out the application form?

Yes, if you are aware of any scheduled future placements, please include these in your Application Form.

I am completing a double degree in Nursing and Paramedicine, should I include my paramedic clinical placements in the placement section of the application template?

If you would like to include these placements in your application form under the ‘Fourth year’ clinical placement section, you can do so if you clearly indicate which placements were paramedic placements and which were nursing/midwifery. However, it is not a requirement that they be included.

Do I need to have my academic transcript certified before submitting it with my application?

No. Monash Health accepts scanned copies or PDF copies of academic transcripts. They must be true, exact copies of the originals.

Does Monash Health require a photo to be submitted with the application?

You may submit a photo with your application by uploading this to your eMercury account profile if you wish to do so. However, it is not a requirement.

Do I need to provide contact phone numbers for my referees?

References are conducted via email. Phone numbers are only used to contact referees if we are unable to reach them via email. We understand that some referees will elect not to provide a phone contact number. If your referee does not wish to provide you with a contact number, double check with them that you have their correct email address before adding this to your application to ensure we are able to reach them.

Do Double Degree Nursing/Midwifery Graduate applicants need to provide 2 nursing references and 2 midwifery references, or can they be all midwifery referees?

We encourage double degree applicants to provide one nursing reference and one midwifery reference if possible. However, we do understand that this may not be realistic for double degree applicants due to the gaps between placements. If you are unable to provide one from each, you can provide all midwifery referees such as midwifery educators, placement facilitators or buddy/preceptor midwives who have worked with you during clinical placement. This will not disadvantage your application.

International students who are ineligible to participate in PMCV

I am an international student. Can I apply for the Monash Health Graduate Program?

Applicants who are ineligible to participate in PMCV APS can apply for Graduate positions through the PMCV APS Ineligible Nursing, Midwifery or Double Degree streams job advertisement (Ad # 52878).

Ineligible PMCV candidates applying for the Mental Health graduate program apply via the same advert as eligible PMCV candidates.

Will PMCV Ineligible applicants also be undertaking video interviews from 18 – 20th July 2022?

Shortlisted PMCV Ineligible applicants will be invited to participate in either phone or video interviews from September onwards, dispatched directly from Monash Health.


Do I need to complete an interview in addition to the PMCV video interview?

No. PMCV applicants do not need to complete an additional interview for Monash Health (unless they are applying for the Mental Health Nursing Stream, which conducts additional in person interviews).

When sitting a video interview, do we have time to prepare answers to the questions?

The interview system will allow a couple of minutes for you to read the question, then approximately 2 minutes to respond. We recommend that you complete your interview in a quiet, private place to minimise disruptions as you will be unable to delete and re-record your responses.

Do you have any tips for video interviews?

  • Approach the video interview as you would a face to face or in-person interview, aim to look neat and professional
  • Position yourself directly in front or your computer or external microphone and speak clearly to ensure that the system can easily capture the audio of your answers
  • Pick a quiet place with good lighting to complete your interview, away from any sources of background noise
  • Listen carefully to each question
  • Avoid reading verbatim from pre-prepared notes
  • Relax and be yourself

Please refer to PMCV via the following link for additional resources related to Interviews:

2022 Graduate Nurse Midwifery Program Match – PMCV