We offer an extensive range of health care services across the Darling Downs Health region with plenty of opportunities to develop your nursing and midwifery career.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Applications are accepted between July to August for the following year. You can apply through the Graduate Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Portal.

Registered nursing - general

We offer a 12-month temporary contract for graduate nurses. You can do a 12-month placement at Toowoomba Hospital or one of our rural hospitals.

The temporary placement is for 64 to 76 hours per fortnight. Graduates are encouraged to apply for permanent roles and continue working within Darling Downs Health.

Hospital placements for registered nurses

Rural hospitals

We offer 12-month temporary placements for graduate registered nurses at the following rural hospitals:

  • Goondiwindi Hospital
  • Millmerran Multipurpose Health Service
  • Stanthorpe Hospital
  • Texas Multipurpose Health Service
  • Warwick Hospital
  • The Oaks Aged Care Facility (Warwick)
  • Chinchilla Hospital
  • Dalby Hospital
  • Karingal Residential Aged Care Facility (Dalby)
  • Jandowae Hospital
  • Miles Hospital
  • Oakey Hospital
  • Tara Hospital
  • Taroom Hospital
  • Cherbourg Hospital
  • Kingaroy Hospital
  • Murgon Hospital
  • Wondai Hospital
  • Mount Lofty (RACF) in Toowoomba

Toowoomba Hospital and Baillie Henderson Hospital

We offer graduate registered nurse placements at Toowoomba Hospital and Baillie Henderson Hospital.

These are 12-month temporary positions in one of the following clinical specialty areas:

  • Medical Wards
  • Surgical Ward
  • Orthopaedic Ward
  • Medical Imaging
  • Paediatric Ward
  • Special Care Nursery
  • Toowoomba North Rehabilitation Unit
  • Oncology Ward
  • Day Surgery
  • Emergency Department
  • Perioperative.

How to apply

Recruitment opens in July and ends in August with interviews held early October. Graduates are appointed through several intakes in February through to July. Orientation will coincide with your start date.

Apply through the Graduate Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Portal.

Eligibility information is on the portal website.

You can email us at DDHHS_Nurse_Graduate@health.qld.gov.au if you have any questions about our graduate programs. Make sure you read the information on the portal website first.

Graduate program overview

Education

As part of our graduate program we offer the following educational resources and support:

  • orientation – online and face-to-face
  • workplace induction
  • preceptorship
  • transition program
  • study days related to your practice area
  • access to transition to practice nurse education programs in some specialty areas
  • professional development opportunities
  • clinical competencies
  • self-assessment and performance reviews
  • peer support
  • career development pathways.

Clinical

For clinical placements we offer:

  • ward induction
  • supernumerary days
  • supported practice
  • preceptors
  • clinical facilitators
  • nurse educators.

Collegial support

  • nurse educator for graduate programs
  • nurse manager for clinical workforce development
  • nurse educators – clinical
  • clinical facilitators
  • workplace preceptors.

Registered nursing – mental health

Our mental health service has major inpatient facilities at Toowoomba Hospital Campus and Baillie Henderson Hospital Campus.

Our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program has placements available in the following areas:

  • acute inpatient units
  • acute Care Team
  • specialist mental health services such as Perinatal Clinic, Alcohol and other Drugs Service and an Adolescent Inpatient Unit
  • one placement within the extended rehabilitation service inpatient units.

The application process for graduate nurses wanting to work in mental health is the same as general nursing placements.

Read the above information to find out how to apply.

Midwifery

We offer a 12 month temporary placement for registered graduate midwives across the Darling Downs Health region. The temporary placement is for 64 hours per fortnight. The placement is done on a rotation basis through Maternity Services.

We have one intake per year. Recruitment opens in July and ends in August with interviews held in October. Orientation will coincide with your start date.

Apply through the Graduate Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Portal.

Eligibility information is on the portal website.

You can email us at DDHHS_Nurse_Graduate@health.qld.gov.au if you have any questions about our graduate programs. Make sure you read the information on the portal website first.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate nurse and midwifery program

Darling Downs Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of our lands, and we pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their culture and Elders past, present and future.

At Darling Downs Health, we aim to close the gap by providing culturally capable services. We aim to make our services efficient, effective, and responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are part of our core business. We aim to improve access to culturally appropriate health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Darling Downs region by working with Elders, community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service providers.

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nurse or midwife, we recognise the unique and diverse skills and experience you bring to our workforce. Your knowledge, skills and lived experience has the potential to directly influence the health outcomes and wellbeing of your community. To help you achieve this, we offer an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate nursing and midwifery program.

This program runs parallel to the Darling Downs Health graduate nurse and midwifery program. Successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are offered additional support and mentoring with our Indigenous Health Management Team. This highly accomplished team provide leadership, mentoring, coaching, networking, and support across our health service region. Additional support offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants include assisted application processes and culturally appropriate interview support, and peer development activities.

These priorities are supported by our Darling Downs Health Equity Strategy 2020-2024 (currently in development) and the Darling Downs Health Indigenous Health, Healthier Together Plan 2020 – 2025.

If you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, we encourage you to apply to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate nurse and midwifery program.

Please email DDHHS_Nurse_Graduate@health.qld.gov.au to express your interest.

Last updated: June 2022