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APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program
Support for newly graduated and experienced nurses transitioning to primary health care

The APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program (TPPP) 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 (NiPHC). Read more about the NiPHC Program here.

The APNA TPPP 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

What will it involve?

Although it is not a university post graduate certificate, it will provide the transitioning nurses with and involve:

  • Support from other nurses and APNA throughout the 12 months
  • A self-assessment framework to help identify, prioritise and plan their needs throughout the program
  • Education to be completed throughout the program (no essays to submit)
  • On-going evaluation throughout the Program

The TPPP is being delivered over two Tranches, with up to 25 nurses in each Tranche. 

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 – March 2017 (currently underway)
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 – March 2018 (applications open end of October 2016)

Who should apply?

APNA is looking for applications from two groups of nurses who are currently working in primary health care:

  1. Nurses who are new to primary health care (you might be a graduate or an experienced nurse coming over from the acute sector)
  2. Experienced primary health care nurses, who want to provide support to these new nurses

Applications and further information on criteria/requirements for Tranche 2 applicants, will be available here end of October 2016 

Please Note: This program will not match Transitioning Nurses to a workplace. You must be working or about to commence work in a primary health care setting to apply.


Communique # 1: May 2016 – Successful Applicants 

APNA would like to thank everyone who applied and congratulate the successful applicants of the APNA Transition to Practice Pilot Program. We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the call for applications for Tranche 1 of the program. To view all the successful applicants, click here.

Communique # 2: September 2016 – Program Update 

With Tranche 1 well and truly underway, we're now looking towards Tranche 2. Applications and further information on specific eligibilty criteria for Tranche 2 (2017-2018) will be available end of October 2016. 


transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184

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.

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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