Expanded Nursing Education Good News for Health Workforce in East Gippsland

Rotamah Nurses Leah Matthews, Celia Scott and Renna Bradshaw. Photo by Jake Lynch/BRHS


Aspiring nurses from East Gippsland will have the opportunity to study closer to home as part of an initiative to grow the local nursing workforce.

Federation University Gippsland will deliver 10 additional Bachelor of Nursing places at Bairnsdale in 2020 in partnership with the Gippsland East University Study Hub and TAFE Gippsland.

“We know the majority of our graduates go on to work in regional areas, so we are delighted to deliver our nursing degree in Bairnsdale to help boost the local nursing workforce,” Federation University Dean of School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, Professor Wendy Cross, said.

“This partnership will allow students to study close to their families, sporting clubs and local community, strengthening their ties to East Gippsland.”

Students will have a flexible study arrangement, blending online learning with blocks of on-campus learning at the hub, TAFE Gippsland Bairnsdale and the Monash School of Rural Health at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

They will get practical experience through clinical placements in East Gippsland, allowing them to form ties with the local community and workforce.

In 2020 the 10 places will be available to students who have completed a Diploma of Nursing and are entering the second year of the degree.

From 2021 the offering will increase to 20 places available for diploma students, direct entry and year 12 applicants through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

To learn more and apply for 2020, visit federation.edu.au or call 1800 FED UNI.

Applications are open until March 1, 2020.