Transition to Practice Pilot Program

Current Work

The 2016-2018 APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program has been delivered as a 12 month program of support for nurses transitioning to primary health care. It is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program. Please see the TPPP 2016-2018 Overview section below for further information about this program.

Future work

If you would like to be informed about future programs, please email

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced it will help strengthen the role of nurses in delivering primary health to meet the future health care needs of the Australian community.

As part of this announcement, ongoing funding for the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association was included in the Budget. This funding will enable APNA to help nurses move into primary health care, test new ways for nurses to deliver care and better educate nurses about primary health care.

Karen Booth, APNA, President advised that “APNA is delighted with the funding announcement and we commend the Government for recognising the important role that nurse in primary care play now and into the future.”

Read full statement by Australian Government Department of Health

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TPPP 2016-2018 Overview

The 2016-2018 APNA Transition program is currently undergoing evaluation. Overall, the program has delivered and evaluated (ongoing) an accessible and structured 12 month transition program over two tranches. The aim was to increase the confidence, skills and knowledge of nurses, commencing work in primary health care settings to aid in the recruitment and retention of primary health care nurses1 

The program was delivered in two tranches with nurses who have recently commenced work in primary health care. The timeframes for each tranche are:

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 to March 2017 – Completed
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 to March 2018 – Completed

Program elements

  • Over 50 Transitioning Nurses were selected to participate in the Transition to Practice Pilot Program over both tranches
  • Each Transitioning Nurse is supported by at least one experienced registered nurse, who is their Clinical and Professional Mentor for the duration of the program (see the TPPP Overview Poster at the end of the page for more detail) 
  • APNA support, which includes APNA providing funding to the Transitioning Nurse's:
    - Workplace and
    - Clinical and Professional Mentor 
  • A self-assessment framework to help the Transitioning Nurse identify, prioritise and plan their needs throughout the program
  • Education to complete
  • Involvement in program evaluation

For more information about these programs, please see the Related Documents list at the end of this page.

1 For the purposes of the APNA Transition to Practice program, primary health care settings are considered to be workplaces outside of the acute health care setting – including aged care, correctional health, community care and general practice.



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