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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?

The program will be delivered in two tranches, with up to 25 nurses who have recently commenced work in primary health care. The timeframes for each tranche are as follows:

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 – March 2017 (underway)
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 – March 2018 (applications open 28 October - 23 December)

APNA is looking for applicants for Tranche 2. Tranche 2 will support each transitioning nurse throughout the 12 months with:

  • Support from an external experienced registered nurse, who will be the transitioning nurse’s clinical and professional mentor
  • APNA support, including funding, in the form of incremental payments to the Transitioning nurse's:
    - Workplace ($2,000.00 ex GST) and
    - Clinical and Professional Mentor ($3,300.00 ex GST).

  • A self-assessment framework to help the Transitioning Nurse identify, prioritise and plan their needs throughout the program
  • Education to complete (no essays to submit)
  • Involvement in Program evaluation 

Who should apply and how?

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

  1. Registered or Enrolled Nurses who are new to primary health care (may be graduate or experienced nurses transitioning from the acute sector)
  2. Experienced primary health care Registered Nurses, who want to provide support to these new nurses as a clinical and professional mentor

Below is a snapshot of who's eligible to apply. Complete details on eligibility criteria and program requirements can be found in the Application Guidelines. The online application form will be available here on 28 October 2016.

Please read these Application Guidelines thoroughly before contacting us with your enquiry


Transitioning Nurse:Clinical and Professional Mentor:
Registered or Enrolled Nurses with current registration with AHPRA with no conditions or factors that may impede the roleRegistered Nurses with current registration with AHPRA with no conditions or factors that may impede the role
As of 1 May 2017 must not have more than 12 months experience (part time or full time) as a primary health care nurse in the area you are transitioning intoAs of 1 May 2017 must have worked in primary health care for four or more years and have well-rounded clinical expertise and knowledge of primary health care
Works in an accredited primary health care workplace that will support the Transitioning Nurse for the duration of the programDoes not work in the same workplace as the transitioning nurse

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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