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What if I don’t get a graduate program?

What if I don’t get a graduate program?

It’s disheartening to miss out on a graduate position through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) allocation and placement service (APS), also known as ‘computer match’, but don’t stress, you still have options.

Round two

PMCV will transfer unmatched applicants onto round two and email you a list of unmatched places.

You have until 7 October to add new preferences into the APS and apply directly to the health service. You won’t need to re-apply to any health service you applied for in round one. Results for round two will be published 10am, Monday 24 October.

If you are unsuccessful after round two, go to the PMCV website for remaining unmatched positions and apply directly to the health services.

Other options

If there’s a hospital in which you’d like to work but it is unlisted, contact them directly as they might have places available but aren’t using computer match.

Most private hospitals don’t participate in computer matching but offer graduate positions directly. Check their websites or contact their graduate program educators/coordinators.

Strongly consider rural/regional opportunities where there is a greater need to recruit nurses and midwives and are likely to have unmatched positions. The benefits can include a wide variety of clinical practice, support and attention. Again, check their websites or phone them.

Tip: Contacting the graduate coordinators/educators is your opportunity to make a positive impression and demonstrate your enthusiasm. Be professional and courteous as they will assess you from your first contact. They may also check your social media accounts, too.

What if I can’t secure a graduate place?

While graduate programs provide you with a structured and supported introduction, you can apply for a position based on merit, just as any other nurse or midwife would. Do a search for ‘registered nurse’ or ‘midwife’ on job seeker websites such as Seek.

Some health facilities will provide ‘supported practice’ into the workforce, although it isn’t an official graduate program. The aim is to provide a supported introduction by ways such as supernumerary support.

Still unlucky?

The ANMF Graduate and Student Support Officer is here to assist you via gradofficer@anmfvic.asn.au.

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