GradStart Program

The Northern NSW Local Health District offers GradStart places for newly graduated Registered Nurses and Midwives across a number of health settings and facilities. The Northern NSW Local Health District covers a region stretching from Grafton in the south to Tweed Heads in the north and Urbenville and Bonalbo in the west.

Our region boasts some of the best, sun drenched stretches of beach anywhere in Australia.

We also have magnificent ancient rainforests and mountain ranges. The region is littered with large river systems which bring the crystal clear waters of the mountains all the way to the sea.

GradStart Nursing and Midwidery Honours Scholarship Program 2020

A full-time 2 year scholarship ($20,000) is available at Tweed, Lismore or Grafton Hospital in collaboration with Southern Cross University. For more information and to apply, click here.

GradStart Places and Interview Dates for 2020

GradStart positions across NNSW LHD offer successful applicants a 12-month employment contract.  Applications are processed as part of the NSW Health state-wide recruitment for this program. Application information can be found on the NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery website:

Download the 2020 GradStart Handbook.

Face to face interviews are the preferred option within NNSW LHD. Interviews via Skype may be granted upon special request.

Site Interview Dates Rotation Information
Tweed / Byron Hospitals Registered Nurse Placements
(Rotations include: The Tweed Hospital, Murwillumbah & Byron Central Hospitals)
August 2019 Medical, Surgical
Tweed /Byron Hospitals Midwifery Placements August 2019 Women’s Care Services
Tweed / Byron Mental Health Hospitals August 2019 Mental Health
Richmond Hospitals Registered Nurse Placements
(Rotations include: Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Nimbin & Urbenville).Registered Nurse Placements
(Rotations include: Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit, Lismore Child & Adolescent Mental Health Unit)
August 2019 Medical Surgical, Rural, Remote
Lismore Base Hospital Midwifery Placements August 2019 Women’s Care Services
Clarence Hospitals Registered Nurse Placements
(Rotations include: Grafton & Maclean)
August 2019 Medical, Surgical
Grafton Base Hospital Midwifery Placements August 2019 Women’s Care Services

 Mid-StART (Midwifery Student Application for Recruitment and Training) positions

Download the MidStart Application Handbook.

Mid-StART positions are being offered in the following locations for 2019.

Site Interview Dates Numbers of Positions
 The Tweed Hospital  July 2019  2
 Grafton Base Hospital  July 2019  1
 Lismore Base Hospital  July 2019  2


NNSW LHD GradStart Coordinator: 

Jonathan Magill
Nurse Manager – Professional Development and Education
Nursing and Midwifery Services | NNSW LHD
(02) 6620 2486