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

As an overview, APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program (TPPP) aims to contribute to:

  • Workforce development and sustainability by supporting nurses new to primary health care to enhance the experience of the individual nurse
  • Assist workforce retention in this exciting and growing area of nursing.
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. Read more about the Program here.

What will it involve?

The TPPP will deliver and evaluate an accessible and structured 12 month transition program, with the aim of increasing the confidence, competency, skill and knowledge of nurses commencing work in primary health care settings1. Although it is not a university post graduate certificate, it will:

  • Provide the Transitioning Nurse with nurse support throughout the 12 months
  • Require the Transitioning Nurses to complete a self-assessment on key primary health care issues, which will help them to;
  • Prioritise which learning activities (developed and provided by APNA) to undertake, as well as any external education specific to their needs. 

The program will support the transition of up to 25 nurses in two streams:

  • Newly graduated nurses who have recently entered primary health care and
  • Experienced nurses (with more than three years nursing experience) who have recently entered primary health care

The program will be delivered in two tranches as follows:

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 – March 2017 (currently underway)
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 – March 2018

Expressions of interest for tranche two will open end of 2016.


Why a transition program?
Primary health care is a unique environment for nurses to work in due to the variety of situations, settings and health issues that are covered under the umbrella of primary health care.

The primary health care nurse’s role may include health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, community development, advocacy and rehabilitation2 among other things


Update

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.

Applications for Tranche 2 (2017-2018) will be opening towards the end of this year. Further information will be available closer to this time on the APNA Transition to Practice webpage.


Contact 

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.

2Definition developed by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) and cited in Primary Health Care Reform in Australia: Report to Support Australia's First National Primary Health Care Strategy [PDF:1.2Mb] (September 2009).

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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