Colac Area Health co-ordinate a number of programs for new and current staff. Each program aims to provide support to the participant as they transition into a new area or role.

Workforce Training and Development Team

Ronan O’Sullivan

03 5232 5378


Erika Nash

03 5232 5377


Glenda Harrison

03 5232 5466


Anne Ditty

03 5232 5374


Cathy Maxwell

03 5232 5305


Staff Training

Staff are able to view the course calendar, enrol in internal courses and education sessions, complete online learning assessments and track professional development via our online learning and education tool, SOLLE.

Graduate Nurse Program

The Graduate Nurse Program can be undertaken full time or part time. Five to six positions are available each year.

The program includes three rotations in areas such as the Acute Ward, Community Nursing, Urgent Care, Perioperative Services and Residential Aged Care. Supernumerary placements are in areas including Midwifery, Ambulance Victoria, Haemodialysis.

Apply for the graduate nurse program through Computer Match by the due date and state Colac Area Health as your preferred option. Details of what is required in the application are outlined in Computer Match.

For more information contact one of the team above or click here

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Perioperative)

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Perioperative) is currently offered at Colac Area Health in conjunction with Deakin University.

This program offers a well rounded experience with exposure to areas of pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. An external rotation at a tertiary hospital to gain exposure to services not offered at Colac Area Health is also available.

The Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Perioperative) program is advertised on the Colac Area Health intranet in the second half of the year. Please follow the details outlined in this advertisement to apply.

Student Accommodation at Colac Area Health 

Colac Area Health has accommodation available for students of any health related discipline who are on placement in the organisation. 

Accommodation can be booked through the Deakin Rural Health website

We recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as you are advised of your placement to ensure availability.

If you are looking for private accommodation options click here to view.