Nursing and Midwifery Careers

The nursing team at Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community. ISLHD is working to foster a high-performing nursing and midwifery workforce that demonstrates person-centred care in the practice. We achieve this by collaborating with staff, reflecting on our work and having honest conversations about practice and performance.

We have a supervision framework in place that we are continuously striving to improve. We also have a strong learning and development and research culture. We are striving to build research capacity and capability within our nursing and midwifery workforce and have a very strong alliance with the University of Wollongong.

We have over 3,400 nurses and midwives working for the health of our community. Our nurses and midwives work across a wide range of areas including Aboriginal health, aged care, cancer care, cardiology, community health, drug and alcohol, emergency, forensic medicine, general medicine, intensive care, mental health, neonatal intensive care, orthopaedics, paediatrics, perioperative services, research, renal services, sexual health, surgery, neurosurgery, rehabilitation and palliative care as well as roles in management and education.

Our midwives work in maternity units, antenatal clinics, birth units, postnatal and neonatal units, community-based health services, childbirth and parent education classes across the District.

New graduate nurses and midwives can work in a diverse range of clinical settings within ISLHD.

Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program

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The NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program provides support and assistance to Aboriginal people currently studying or about to study an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university.

Successful cadets will receive:

  • Study allowance of $600 each fortnight while undertaking a university nursing or midwifery degree
  • A $500 support allowance each semester
  • Access to an Aboriginal mentor, cadet coordinator and additional clinical support
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid employment in a local public hospital or Justice Health facility.

More information can be found at Cadetship Program.

Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarships

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Scholarships of up to $1,000 per subject are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery.

Applicants must be:

  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person •known and accepted in the community in which you live or have lived
  • a resident of NSW
  • enrolled in an Australian Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery degree. 
  • willing to participate in an evaluation or telephone survey about the Aboriginal scholarships program.

Note: Scholarships will not be provided to any applicant undertaking a NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship.

More information can be found at NSW Health - Aboriginal Undergraduate Scholarships.

Career Opportunities

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We are always looking for dedicated and quality focused staff to join our workforce and help make a difference to our diverse communities. Whether you are looking for a full time, part time or casual position, we would love to hear from you.

We also welcome enquiries from nurses or midwives looking to re-enter the profession, internationally qualified nurses/midwives and upcoming nursing and midwifery graduates.

Our current nursing and midwifery vacancies are advertised on:

New Graduate Nurse and Midwife Program (GradStart 2023)

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As a newly graduated Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife you are about to embark on one of the most significant years’ of your working life – your GradStart Year!

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) offers a GradStart Program within a dynamic environment of learning and development which allows new graduates the opportunity to consolidate clinical knowledge and skills, acquire ward management skills and work within an efficient and energetic health care team.

ISLHD will support you as you transition to your role as a Registered Nurse/Midwife across a range of clinical settings. The Grad Start year supports you in developing the necessary skills and confidence to practice, by providing an environment through which consolidation and skill development can occur.

What can we offer you?

  • A wide range of clinical streams and settings are available
  • A great team of dedicated Nurse/Midwifery  Educators and Clinical Nurse/Midwifery Educators that will support you and provide high quality education
  • Excellent ongoing career opportunities
  • Flexible, tailored programs to meet your career goals
  • Fully paid study days
  • Simulated Education
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Regular peer support  and clinical supervision sessions
  • Preceptor support and support from other Registered Nurses/Midwives in all departments
  • Individualised development plans
  • Formal orientation program to the ISLHD and a local induction to your clinical setting on all clinical rotations. 

Clinical streams and hospitals

Clinical streams included in the 2023 Grad Start program across the ISLHD include:

  • Acute/Sub-Acute Aged Care
  • Cardiology
  • Drug and Alcohol services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Adult Intensive Care
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Neurology
  • Neonatal Special Care
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal
  • Surgical

    There are 8 hospitals and 2 services included in the Grad Start 2023 program. In your application online, you will need to nominate your preferred geographical area. These are ‘ISLHD North’ or ‘ISLHD Shoalhaven’. The sites and services located at each are shown below:

    ISLHD North ISLHD Shoalhaven
    • Bulli Hospital
    • Coledale Hospital
    • Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Service
    • Maternity Services
    • Mental Health Services
    • Port Kembla Hospital
    • Shellharbour Hospital
    • Wollongong Hospital
    • David Berry Hospital
    • Mental Health Services
    • Milton Ulladulla Hospital
    • Shoalhaven Hospital

    Program commencement dates

    There are two planned Grad Start 2023 intakes. These are February and May. Specific start dates will be confirmed with the successful applicants.


    We offer primarily temporary full-time positions.


    Applications are received online via a centralised recruitment system. Applications will open at 9am on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 and will close at 4pm on Wednesday, 6 July 2022.

    For more information on the recruitment process, including interview tips, the GradStart Handbook and important facts for international students, please check the NSW Health Nursing Employment page.

    Further Information

    Please contact Bonnie Chivers, Transition to Professional Practice Nurse Manager, T: 02 4223 8106, M: 0434 323 263 or EMAIL: