Our nurses know that they can build their careers within a variety of medical and surgical specialties and that they will learn and grow while working in a challenging and innovative environment.

Nurses at Cabrini practice at any one of five campuses including our acute care hospitals in Malvern and Brighton, our palliative & supportive care inpatient unit in Prahran, our women's mental health hospital in Elsternwick or our high/low level residential aged care facility in Ashwood.


  • Acute Cardiac Unit

    Our Acute Cardiac Unit at Cabrini Health is a 44 bed Unit- all have hardwire and telemetry capabilities, our high level service includes interventional and diagnostic cardiology, and cardiothoracic surgery. Our nursing staff provide excellence in this field, and believe in reaching out with compassion, integrity, courage and respect to all we serve. We work in conjunction with the emergency department, Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, and intensive care, to provide integrated care for patients with acute cardiac emergencies including heart attacks, pre- and post-angiogram, angioplasty and pacemaker/AICD procedural patients, rhythm monitoring, full haemodynamic pressure monitoring, TAVI, inotropic drug support, heart failure management and Cardiothoracic surgery. All patients are encouraged to participate in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and are referred to a program either at Cabrini or closer home. The Acute Cardiac Unit works with cardiac rehabilitation staff to ensure follow-up care to increase quality of life and a change in lifestyle patterns to maintain cardiac progress after discharge.

    The nurses have a broad range of cardiac and thoracic expertise and are committed to improving both their knowledge and skill. The Unit provides a supported learning environment for all levels of nursing staff and is supported by a Clinical Specialist Nurse. Learning opportunities and support are available through precetorship and post graduate studies. Our nursing team includes The Nurse Manager, Associate Nurse Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Critical Care trained staff, and cardiac experienced nurses.

  • Aged Care

    Aged care nurses at Cabrini Ashwood provide care and quality of life for older people who are no longer able to live in their own home. Cabrini residential aged care offers nurses opportunities to use all their clinical and interpersonal skills to ensure residents’ physical and mental health is optimised and promoted. Residents living at Ashwood have a variety of medical conditions and co-morbidities that require advanced nursing skills including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, end-stage cancers, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes and frailty related to the ageing process. Aged care nurses use their extensive skills and experience to assess technical and specialised care requirements including nutrition, pain, skin integrity, continence, cognition, behaviours, and sensory loss. The information gathered from assessments is used to develop and implement comprehensive holistic care plans in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, which consists of general practitioners, physiotherapists, lifestyle assistants, pastoral care practitioners, pharmacist and other external allied health and specialist consultants. Nurses encourage, support and assist residents to retain their personal, civic, legal and consumer rights and to achieve active control of their own lives within the residential care facility and in the community.

  • Cabrini Hospital Brighton

    Nursing at Cabrini second acute care hospital in Brighton is multi-faceted. Nurses are trained across a wide range of specialities including:

    • Day Oncology 
    • Day Procedure
    • General Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    • Ophthalmic Surgery
    • Orthopaedics
    • Dental
    • Gynaecological Surgery
    • Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery

    Headed by its own Director of Nursing, teamwork is the hallmark of nursing at Cabrini Brighton. Each nurse may be rostered to work in either the overnight ward or the Short Stay Unit and may well care for several patients, all with different conditions. The work is both challenging and rewarding, and nurses are supported by Cabrini’s range of educational options and its mentorship program. 

  • Cardiac Services

    Cabrini’s Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory performs over 2000 procedures a year. More than 17 cardiologists, representing diagnostic, interventional and electrophysiology cardiology, have regular sessions within the Laboratory. Elective services are offered Monday to Friday however a 24 hour on-call service is available to support the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit.

    The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory team comprises critical care nurses who have gained extensive experience working within this arena, together with cardiac technologists and radiographers. New staff are provided with educational support and training packages, and a mentor to assist them in their transition.

  • Emergency Department

    Cabrini Emergency Department first opened in April 2002. It is a busy ED currently treating more than 23,000 patients per year. We treat all emergency conditions (except major trauma) including: cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, general and aged care medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, intensive care, obstetrics, and paediatrics.

    The department is equipped with the latest technology and patients have excellent access to radiology, pathology, cardiac catheterisation and other ancillary services. Staff are supported by in-house educators and innovative education programs. 

  • Maternity Unit

    The Maternity Unit at Cabrini Hospital Malvern has four birthing rooms, 25 postnatal beds, a Level 2 SCN with twelve cots. A variety of programs are offered to women and families in prenatal education, birthing, postnatal and parenting care. Midwives work closely with Cabrini Obstetricians to provide the highest quality care. Skilled midwives preceptor the junior staff and enhance clinical placements for midwifery students and undergraduate nurses. Midwives have the opportunity to work in all areas of the Maternity Unit and a structured education program is offered to all nurses.

  • Medical Services

    Nurses enjoy a stimulating environment caring for older people with a wide variety of complex diagnoses and co-morbidities. As the ward accepts elective and emergency medical patients, nurses are challenged to find creative solutions to a wide array of patient issues. Initiatives have created an elder-friendly environment and include education and support, speciality staffing and evidence-based practice through research and practice development.

  • Paediatric Unit

    The Cabrini Children's Centre often surprises young patients because of its colourful and innovative décor. Specifically designed to make children and their families feel at ease, the patient rooms are well appointed with TV, DVD and video services available to each bed, as well as to the playroom and the post-operative lounge. Excellent facilities allow for parents to stay overnight. Doctors’ consulting suites are adjacent to the Centre. The Centre caters for most specialties, except Neurosurgery, Oncology and Cardiology. The majority of patients are admitted for elective surgery or via the Emergency Department. The Centre’s nurses are paediatrics trained and qualified. Students and graduates also rotate through the Centre.

  • Perioperative Services

    The Operating Suite houses 12 operating theatres, including a hybrid theatre, and twenty PACU beds in a spacious, modern environment. Providing a full range of surgical specialties, with over 1000 operations each month, every theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including heart-lung machines, anaesthesia workstations, intra-operative computer systems and the latest laparoscopic and endoscopic equipment. A Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit of 20 monitored bays caters for all specialist requirements. This Department is strongly committed to education and professional development with education and support for: graduate nurses, undergraduate nursing students, Division 2 nurses and theatre technicians. Students are supported and their clinical practice facilitated by a Perioperative Clinical Facilitator.

    Day Procedure Centre. The Centre provides endoscopic, surgical and laser treatments and a variety of surgical specialties including ophthalmic, urological, plastic and oral surgery. Equipped with advanced technology, all areas are fitted with hydraulic pendant systems that elevate equipment to eye level. Nurses are encouraged to work in all areas to broaden their skills and knowledge of the Day Procedure Centre. A perioperative educator and preceptors are available to assist with educational and on-going professional development.

    Central Sterilising Supply Department (CSSD). CSSD has the latest technology including an air-glide decontamination system, significantly reducing manual handling. Large assembly and storage areas provide an optimum working environment. All staff are fully supported by a perioperative educator to provide orientation and in-service education. 

  • Palliative and Supportive Care

    Cabrini’s palliative and supportive care service provides compassionate and expert care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses, receiving end-of-life care or requiring support with pain and symptom management during or after treatment.  Our care team has the unique ability to coordinate and deliver care in a range of settings including in hospital, at home, in a residential aged care facility or at our outpatient clinic.

    The purpose-built palliative and supportive care inpatient unit at Prahran houses 22 single rooms, and is supported by a team of skilled doctors, nurses, pastoral and social workers, chaplains, counsellors, dietitians, pharmacists and physiotherapists.

    The Cabrini palliative and supportive home care service provides nursing assessment and specialist care to patients who require assistance with symptom management and end-of-life care in their home environment, including residential aged care facilities. This is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service providing care, support and education to patients and families.

    We also offer specialist and nurse led palliative and supportive care services at our two acute hospitals, Cabrini Malvern and Cabrini Brighton, and run a weekly outpatient clinic at Cabrini Malvern. 

  • Intensive Care Unit

    Providing care and life support to patients who are either seriously ill, at risk of developing complications or recovering from major surgery, the 16-bed Unit offers a full range of Level 3 adult intensive care services. Catering for in-patients, emergency admissions and transfers from other facilities, ICU is staffed and equipped to manage patients post-cardiac and other major surgery, respiratory failure, complex neurological/neurosurgical problems, sepsis, renal failure and multiple organ failure. Specialised nursing staff trained and certified in Critical Care are dedicated to the care of each patient. An ICU Fellow is present 24 hours a day and is responsible for medical care in partnership with an Intensivist.

  • Oncology Services

    The 30-bed Medical Oncology Ward is supported by a team of medical oncologists and haematologists. Admissions comprise elective and emergency patients with a variety of oncological conditions, ranging from elective chemotherapy through to palliative care, requiring both simple and complex intervention. Patient support is enhanced by a telephone triage system, enabling contact with staff 24-hours a day to discuss concerns and provide advice. The team is a committed and dedicated group of specialist trained staff with a broad and varied range of expertise in all areas of medical oncology/haematology. Nursing students and graduate nurses are offered opportunities to develop skills in a supportive teaching environment. There are two Day Oncology Units at Cabrini − at Cabrini Hospital Malvern and Cabrini Hospital Brighton. In an outpatient setting both units provide chemotherapy and supportive treatments for patients with cancer. More than 23,000 patients per annum receive day oncology treatments. The dedicated team of nurses participate in on-going professional development programs.

  • Rehabilitation

    Cabrini Rehabilitation wards at Malvern and Brighton provide high quality nursing care and in-patient and out-patient programs. Rehabilitation may follow joint replacement surgery, spinal injury or surgery, trauma due to accident or falls, car or work injury, stroke or neurological conditions. The clinical team includes a rehabilitation physician, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation case managers, registered nurses and allied health professionals including speech pathologists.

  • Respiratory Service

    Cabrini’s new respiratory and medical specialties ward provides specialised facilities to help us manage care of patients who have respiratory and infectious illnesses. This new ward includes 18 private rooms and one double room.

  • Surgical Services

    A range of speciality services are offered across the surgical wards, with a focus on improving the patient flow and experience via short stay and long stay models of care. Each ward offers a friendly environment with a strong team focus, formal and informal educational opportunities are available and nurses are encouraged to increase their knowledge and skills in specialist areas. Preceptorship is offered to new staff, Graduate Nurses and students.

    • Breast
    • Colorectal
    • ENT
    • General Surgery
    • GI Surgery
    • Gynaecology
    • Hepatobiliary
    • Neurosurgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Plastics
    • Thyroid
    • Urology
    • Vascular