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Postgraduate Studies

Peninsula Health provides a variety of postgraduate courses in collaboration with Monash, Deakin and LaTrobe Universities. While the theoretical component is undertaken at the University, specific clinical experience is provided within Peninsula Health. Comprehensive and appropriate clinical support is provided by educators in partnership with clinical staff at the ward level.

Postgraduate courses include:

How to apply

To prepare an application for our 2022 Postgraduate Programs we encourage you to:

  1. Create a profile in the Peninsula Health eMercury system. Your account will send you an alert when job advertisements open. Applications can only be made with a registered account.
  2. If you are interested in our Postgraduate Program, you’re encouraged to discuss your individual needs with our experienced educators. Contact our Learning Hub learninghub@phcn.vic.gov.auand you will be connected with the relevant education Stream Leader.
  3. Attend a virtual information session relevant to your stream. Details will be made available on this web page and on our social media channels. Information sessions apply for cardiac care, emergency, peri-operative and intensive care courses only.

Cardiac Care

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, representing 1 in 5 deaths (heartfoundation.org.au). Therefore, the care of these patients is becoming more complex with Cardiac Nurses needing to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to ensure the best possible outcomes for these patients. Completing postgraduate studies will not only give you the knowledge required, but enhance your understanding of the function of the heart and how changes in that function affects all the other systems of the body.

Here at Peninsula Health, the Cardiac Nursing postgraduate is offered through either Deakin or Monash Universities. Both programs offer a comprehensive theoretical base, with your clinical component being completed through Western Port Ward. At the completion of the course, you will have both the skills and knowledge to care for this growing population of patients that present to Peninsula Health. Depending on at which level you choose to exit, the Certificate level course takes 12 months, however you can continue your studies to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or even Masters in Nursing Practice (via either research or coursework).

Western Port ward is a 24 bed acute cardiac unit, with the ability to extend to 32. The ward itself has 8 acute beds, and 16 sub-acute/ step down beds. Ward admissions include acute myocardial infarctions, Non- STEACS, arrhythmias, and elective procedures such as PCI, DCR, TOEs.

Click here to access the Monash University flyer – – Untitled (monash.edu)

Click here to access the Deakin University flyer – Master of Nursing Practice – Cardiac Care (deakin.edu.au)

Applications open August 17 2021. To apply click here.

Emergency

The postgraduate emergency nursing course at Peninsula Health can be completed through Monash, or Deakin University. The Emergency Departments (ED) at Peninsula Health include Frankston with 44 ED beds and 20 Emergency Short Stay Unit (ESSU) beds, 12 extended care beds and a further 20 beds at Rosebud Hospital. The high volume of annual presentations provides a wide variety of emergency experience. Currently Frankston ED attends to >90,000 patients annually, with 25% of presentations being paediatric.

Frankston ED has the highest number of ambulance presentations in the state of Victoria. It has a five-bed resuscitation area with state-of-the-art equipment to provide high quality care to critically ill patients. Clinical support is provided by expert clinical staff and educators guiding students to apply theoretical knowledge to practice. Experience is gained in all areas of emergency nursing including paediatrics, mental health, triage, procedural sedation, resuscitation, ventilation and haemodynamic monitoring. Clinical study days will supplement learning with a focus on practical application. Our aim is to support your development into a highly skilled emergency nurse that is both competent and confident in a year that is both challenging and enjoyable.

Click here to access the Monash University flyer – Untitled (monash.edu)

Click here to access the Deakin University flyer – Master of Nursing Practice – Emergency Care (deakin.edu.au)

Applications open on August 17th 2021. To apply click here.

Intensive Care

In ICU we encourage and motivate ALL staff in the pursuit of clinical excellence and ongoing professional development and improvement. Education in ICU fosters excellence in patient centred, evidence based, best practice care delivery. Frankston Hospital ICU is a level 3 state-of the art, 15 bed unit seeing over 1300 admissions per year. The ICU admits deteriorating patients from the ward environment, Operating Theatre, Emergency Department as well as external admissions from other hospitals via Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV).   

We offer an induction program and transition to speciality practice program to prepare you effectively for your postgraduate studies. Our postgraduate program is supported by online resources, bedside support and mentoring with experienced staff and educators, and simulated scenarios in the unit and simulation centre. ICU is a supportive, collaborative environment providing exposure to a diverse range of clinical conditions and complex patients. Students will be supported in providing care to patients with a range of different requirements including; advanced haemodynamic monitoring, management of vasoactive and inotropic drugs, temporary pacing, Intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP), Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV), mechanical ventilation support and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT).

Click here to access the course flyer – Untitled (monash.edu)

Master of Nursing Practice – Intensive Care (deakin.edu.au)

Applications open on August 17th 2021. To apply click here.

Medical/Surgical

This course is available to Registered Nurses at Peninsula Health for the first time in 2022. Medical/surgical nursing encompasses a large number of sub specialties. With an increase in inpatient acuity and complexity and shorter length of stay, medical/surgical nurses need a broad knowledge base and highly developed assessment and clinical skills. This course will assist you to enhance your clinical and leadership skills.

Click here to access the course flyer.- Med_Surg course flyer

Mental Health

Mental Health nursing is a highly specialised and demanding area of work. In recognition of this, Peninsula Health has made a commitment to only employ Division 1 Nurses who possess or are willing to undertake specialist post-registration qualifications in mental health nursing. It is an expectation that you will be committed to developing your mental health skills by gaining your post graduate qualifications during your post graduate yea. . At Peninsula health we will offer you 2x 6 month rotations in our mental health areas, including inpatient, sub-acute and community to help solidify your knowledge. As well as monthly group debrief sessions. 

The Clinical Development Program was developed specifically for Peninsula Health Psychiatric Service to support Division 1 nurses in gaining additional qualifications to enable them to work safely in the mental health field. The program incorporates clinical time, study days within Peninsula health and  concurrent study through Monash University. Participants completing the program and course requirements will be eligible to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), and will have the opportunity of applying for ongoing employment.

Midwifery

The post graduate midwifery course at Peninsula Health is an 18 month intensive program through Deakin University Burwood.  Being a midwife is an inspiring and immensely fulfilling role where every day is different. Midwives need to develop the skills to respond to all situations appropriately and competently to provide safe holistic care. The course provides the opportunity for students to learn the art and science of midwifery by developing skills and knowledge in a challenging but very supportive environment. The Women’s Health Unit at Frankston Hospital has 3,000 births a year and offers diverse models of care to low and high risk women. The level 4 Special Care Nursery provides care to infants that require additional support. Students are able to work in all areas of midwifery to develop an understanding of the diversity of the role and the potential career pathways that are available for a midwife. Peninsula Health supports midwifery postgraduate studies with a postgraduate midwifery employment model.

Applications are open. To apply click here.

Peri-operative

The postgraduate nursing course is designed to provide you with a broad range of clinical experiences that enable you to develop and learn a diverse set of skills in a range of specialty’s and sub-specialty’s. The Perioperative nurse operates in a highly dynamic and technically challenging environment as part of a multidisciplinary team. Beyond the academic component, you will have the opportunity to further develop as a perioperative nurse. You are encouraged to provide input into your clinical experience and how you develop within the perioperative environment

Frankston Hospital has 10 theatres that cater for a variety of specialties including General Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Urology, Emergency, Endoscopy, Plastics, Vascular and ENT.

Click here to access the Monash University flyer –  Untitled (monash.edu)

Click here to access the Deakin University flyer – Master of Nursing Practice – Perioperative Nursing (deakin.edu.au)

Applications are open. To apply click here.

Find out more

Department of Health information: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/health-workforce/nursing-and-midwifery/furthering-your-nursing-and-midwifery-career

Monash University: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/nursing/study/graduate

Deakin University: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/find-a-course

LaTrobe University: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/master-of-nursing