Clarence Hospitals

About the Clarence Hospitals

The Clarence hospitals incorporate The Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospitals.

Contact Person – Designation
Registered Nurse positions:
Rhys Armstrong  – Nurse Educator
(02) 6641 8796

Registered Midwife positions:
Cathy Adams – Clinical Midwifery Consultant

About the facilities

Grafton Base Hospital is a valley referral, level 3/4 base hospital within the Northern New South Wales Health District providing care to over 12,500 patients every year. Specialist services provided include Emergency, Intensive Care, General Medicine & Surgery (including sub specialities), Paediatrics and Aged Care. The hospital undertakes over 3,300 surgical procedures and sees over 24,700 Emergency attendances annually.

Maclean District Hospital is a local community, level 3 rural hospital within the Northern New South Wales Health District providing care to over 2,300 patients every year. Services provided include Emergency, General Medicine, Aged Care, Rehabilitation and Day Surgery. The hospital undertakes over 390 surgical procedures and sees over 13,400 Emergency attendances annually.

Grafton Base Hospital Maternity & Women’s Care Unit is a level 4 Maternity Unit with a 4 bed level 3 Special Care Nursery with between 400 – 500 births / year. Services include Antenatal, Birthing and Postnatal Care.

Intakes – Transition to Practice positions

Registered Nurse graduate positions (positions will rotate through Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital), most commencing in February.

Mid-StART position, commence in February aligning with university commencement.

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For The Clarence Area

Access to ongoing support, professional development

(study days) including supernumerary time and orientation

All grads will attend a two day orientation to the Northern NSW Local Health District, Grafton Base and Maclean District  Hospitals.

DETECT training and Electronic Medical Record training will be provided prior to commencement of clinical placements. There will be a period of supernumerary time at the beginning of each clinical placement to provide orientation  to the specific wards/clinical areas. Theoretical workshops and reflective practice opportunities are organized and designed to assist you with your transition from university to the workplace.  During this time you will be given several Learning Activity Packages which you will be asked to complete over the duration of several months.  The packages include; Drug Calculations, Basic Life Support, IV Therapy, PICC Lines.

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend a number of study days scattered throughout the year. The study days will address key clinical and professional issues and concerns you may have about various clinical activities and interventions.

You can also request to attend other Staff Development sessions as they are offered throughout the year.


There will be two Registered Nurse clinical rotations offered during your 12-month contract. Thes clinical rotations may include: surgical services (including operating theatres and recovery), medical or a combination of both surgical and medical and the emergency department.

Clinical rotations will be for a period of six months. Rotations between the nominated hospitals will also occur.

Midwifery positions will experience all aspects of the Maternity & Women’s Care Service.

Intakes : February and April

Where to from here-career opportunities, speciality programs, employment opportunities

Transition to Practice graduants are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at either Grafton Base or Maclean District Hospitals nearing the completion of their 12month contract.


Successful candidates will need to source their own accommodation.

Social Activities

The Clarence Valley offers easy access to a large variety of coastal areas and the beautiful surrounding hinterland regions. Grafton is famous for its tree lined streets, colonial architecture and acts as a Gateway to the country with 11 National Parks and State Forests in the surrounding area. Maclean is known as the Scottish town in Australia.

Get active at one of the many sporting facilities, grab a bite to eat at one of the many gourmet café, restaurants and bistros, or spend the day shopping at the farmers’ markets or shopping centre. With several golden beaches only a short drive away, the Clarence Valley makes the perfect home base to meet all your lifestyle needs.