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Welcome to the Western Sydney Local Health District WSLHD-GradStart (Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife) Program.

Throughout the program you will be part of a dynamic education process that assists you to develop clinical and professional skills and knowledge with your peers and colleagues. Together, you and your peers will be offered many education and development opportunities and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of them.

We hope that you enjoy the many opportunities that are available for you in WSLHD and that they help you on a path to being an excellent clinician, a future Nursing and Midwifery leader and a lifelong learner.


About GradStart

The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Nursing and Midwifery GradStart Program offers you the opportunity to be able to work in various WSLHD facilities and support your journey of transition as a Registered Nurse or Midwife.

We hope the journey is enriching, exciting, transforming and meets your expectations and learning and development needs, and creates a strong foundation and platform to launch the rest of your career.

WSLHD currently employs the largest number of GradStart nurses and midwives each year throughout our many individual facilities.

Why is GradStart so important?

Transition nurses and midwives are integral to the maintenance of a skilled and valued workforce now, and in the future. It is important that each transition nurse/midwife has a consistent and positive transition experience that maximises learning opportunities and offers an appropriate level of both clinical and emotional support.

Aims of the GradStart program

The GradStart Program within WSLHD is designed to provide a structured and coordinated approach to clinical practice development, promote a climate conducive to workplace learning and enhance collaboration and communication across the organisation.

WSLHD GradStart 2021 program

12 month GradStart programs are offered at Westmead Hospital, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals, Auburn Hospital, Our Mental Health Service, and Community services.
These GradStart Programs include:

  • corporate and workplace orientation
  • paid educational support days
  • two six-month supported clinical rotations
  • a wide range of specialties to support career development and future specialisation.

Our GradStart program candidates are supported to:
  • harness and support the ongoing individual learning and development needs of transition nurses and midwives
  • promote a consistent and supportive learning environment across different facilities and clinical areas
  • foster self-directed and lifelong learning skills
  • maintain a documented system of demonstrating clinical competencies.

How does WSLHD support GradStart?

Our program is supported by our senior clinical multidisciplinary staff, unit based clinical nurse educators, a supportive network of nurse educators.

Western Sydney Local Health District Nursing and Midwifery believe that a GradStart Program should strive to promote an environment that is supportive, responsive to individual learner needs and facilitates the consolidation of knowledge, skills and attitudes of the transitional nurse or midwife.


To be eligible for a WSLHD GradStart Program, students MUST apply through the NSW Ministry of Health website: This is the ONLY way to apply for New Graduate GradStart Programs for any hospital in WSLHD.

2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment Process

WSLHD works in partnership with NSW Health with the Nursing and Midwifery GradStart Program. Please see this link for essential information about the program and important dates.

2021 GradStart Handbook

2021 Gradstart handbook
pdf (7.9MB)


2021 GradStart program overview for WSLHD

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Yervette Jones, Nurse Manager – Workforce WSLHD gives an overview of the 2021 GradStart program for WSLHD.
This video outlines the application process for WSLHD, proposed interview process, tips to follow for interview and specialities on offer to graduates for 2021.


Nursing and Midwifery GradStart Program

GradStart information booklet
pdf (5.9MB)


NSW Health 2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment – Module 1 Introduction


NSW Health 2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment – Module 2 Preparation


NSW Health 2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment – Module 3 Applying Online


NSW Health 2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment – Module 4 Interview and Referees


NSW Health 2021 GradStart Application and Recruitment – Module 5 Recruitment Outcomes



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