Transition to Practice Program

The Transition to Practice Program (TPP) provides an evidence-based framework of support over 12 months to nurses who are new to primary health care (recently graduated or experienced nurses moving from another setting). Applications close on 3 December 2018. 

Before you apply, review:

  • Important information about the program - Click here to view (see also quick links)
  • TPP Program and Application Overview (includes roles and requirements)
  • Key Dates 

Apply for the program - click here

  Quick links to important information

TPP Program and Application Overview

APNA will be looking for applications from transitioning nurses and mentors who wish to support them. The program will not match or allocate nurses to workplaces but it will support a maximum of 150 nurses, in a series of five small groups over a four year period (2018 – 2022). The 12-month transition program includes access to; 

  • Self-assessment framework to assist in CPD planning and prioritisation of education needs
  • Education specific to primary health care nursing (PHC) i.e. immunisation, ear irrigation and more. See here for the full list.
  • Clinical and professional mentoring from an experienced primary health care nurse (10 month period)
  • Ongoing support from APNA and program review

Program start dates:

  • Group 1: February 2019 - January 2020 (applications close 3 December)
  • Group 2: August 2019 - July 2020
  • Group 3: September 2019 - August 2020
  • Group 4: July 2020 - June 2021
  • Group 5: May 2021 - April 2022   ​​​​

Program Requirements and Eligibility for each role

Transitioning Nurses - click to view
Must be a registered or enrolled nurse who has recently transitioned to primary health care and is currently working (or will be by program start) in a primary health care setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. This program does not match or allocate you to a primary health care workplace. If you don't currently have a job in primary health care, check out the top tips we've prepared (end of the page under related documents).

Clinical and professional mentors - click to view
Must be a registered nurse (or a Nurse Practitioner) who has worked for four or more years in a primary health care environment

Primary Health Care Settings/Workplaces - click to view
Must be accredited with an appropriate organisation i.e. RACGP Standards for General Practice, ACHS Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program or other. Can be any setting outside of acute care. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care 
  • Correctional/Justice health
  • Community care
  • General practice and many more.

Apply for the program - click here

Key dates for Group 1:

Activity Date
Application period    
October 2018 – 3 December 2018

Notification of successful and unsuccessful applicants 

Contracts signed

January 2019
Pre-workshop work and induction workshop
TAS, VIC, NSW, QLD participants*: 15 February 2019*
SA, WA, NT participants*: 22 February 2019*

*Participant location and matched dates are indicative only. Please ensure you are available for either of these two dates regardless of location. Final decision pending successful applicants’ locations. Successful applicants will be advised of final location and date.

Contact or 1300 303 184

The Transition to Practice Program has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health

TPPP 2016-2018 Overview

The 2016-2018 APNA Transition program is now completed. Overall, the program has delivered and evaluated 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 below documents.

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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