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8 new nurse graduates join Central West Health – making 16 for year

Tuesday 6 July 2021

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Eight new nurse graduates joined the Central West Hospital and Health Service this week.

Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Danielle Causer said this brought to 16 the number of new graduates the health service had taken on so far this year.

An initial group of eight graduates started work with the health service in February.

“We’re very excited to have this new group of graduates choose to start their nursing careers with our health service,’’ Ms Causer said.

She said the eight graduate nurses would be allocated initially to Longreach and Blackall hospitals as well as to the Winton and Barcaldine multipurpose health services.

“Graduates will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, emergency, community and primary health and support the hospital-based ambulance,’’ Ms Causer said.

“After six months at their initial location, they will then have the opportunity to work in another facility.

“They will be able to learn on the job and translate the skills they’ve learnt at university into better outcomes for patients across our region.’’

New graduate Matthew Yarsley is looking forward to placement at Blackall Hospital for his first six months after completing orientation at Longreach Hospital this week.

Mr Yarsley traded in a previous career as a teacher to take on his new profession of nursing after completing his nursing degree at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

“As a teacher, I’d previously worked in rural and remote areas, including the Northern Territory, so I’m used to the rural environment’’ he said. “After finishing my degree, I was looking for an adventure and something different than being in the city.

“I also have friends in the Central West who encouraged me to come out this way and start my nursing career here.’’

Ms Causer said Central West Health was committed to providing training opportunities for graduate nurses, as well as midwives.

“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make,’’ she said.

Ms Causer said the 12-month graduate transition program for new nurses and midwives involved theoretical and practical assessments.

“Graduate nurses and midwives are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,’’ she said.

“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling profession that provides many pathways for career development and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live.

“We hope their first year of practice in the Central West will open their eyes to the opportunities and diverse range of professional experiences available in our region and opt to continue their career with us in the future.’’


  • Central West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Danielle Causer – front left – and the health service’s eight new July intake nurse graduates.


For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 6 July 2021