Transition to Practice Pilot Program

The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program is 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.

Future work

At this stage the Transition to Practice program has been funded until June 2018. It is recognised that this program is a valuable asset to nurses new to primary health care. Upon conclusion of the 2017–2018 tranche, APNA will have a large amount of evaluation data to draw on and will be making recommendations around future programs.

If you would like to be informed of future developments, please email transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au.

What does the APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program involve?

The APNA Transition program will deliver and evaluate an accessible and structured 12 month transition program, with the aim of increasing the confidence, skills and knowledge of nurses, commencing work in primary health care settings1

The program will be 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 – underway

Program elements

  • Over 50 Transitioning Nurses have be 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 

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.

Transition to Practice updates

See updates in the Relevent Documents list at the end of this page.

Contact 

transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184


The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program.

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