NiPHC Transition to Practice Program

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About the NiPHC TPP 

The Transition to Practice Program provides an evidence-based education framework over ten months to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care (PHC) and feel they would benefit from additional support. Fully funded places are available to transitioning nurses under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program, an Australian Government initiative. 

APNA is now seeking applications from nurses new to primary health care and experienced nurses interested in supporting them through mentoring. Please review the Program Information document and the key dates below before applying.

 
 

 

Who can apply?

Transitioning Nurses (TNs)

Nurse Practitioners, Registered or Enrolled Nurses looking for support during their transition to a PHC workplace and who fit into one of the following categories:

  • Graduate Nurses already employed in a PHC workplace: Graduated from tertiary studies in the last two years and has not previously completed a TPP.
  • Experienced Nurse employed in a PHC workplace and seeking additional support: Has three or more years' experience in nursing and has transitioned (or is transitioning) into a PHC workplace. 

Clinical and Professional Mentors (Mentors)

Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner with at least four years of relevant and recent PHC experience. Mentors are not required to work in a PHC setting but must have worked in a PHC setting or related field in the last two years. Mentors are funded $2,700 to provide a minimum of 40 hours of clinical and professional mentoring (direct and/or indirectly) over eight months to a maximum of three nurses.

 

 

 

Job seekers and prospective employers

Job seekers

Supporting employment pathways for graduate nurses who do not yet have a job in PHC. As such, graduate nurses who are actively seeking employment in a PHC workplace are encouraged to:

  1. Please provide your details to APNA via our expression of interest short form
  2. Sign up with Healthcare Link using the button below to assist in finding a role in PHC 

 

 

 

Prospective employers 

APNA is collecting information from employers in PHC workplaces who are interested in employing graduate nurses. APNA will soon be supporting eligible workplaces with recruitment through subsidised job advertisements with Healthcare Link. Workplaces are encouraged to:

  1. Please provide your details to APNA via our short form using the button below
  2. APNA will be in contact with you in the coming month(s) to advise of next steps.
 

 

PHN support

If you'd like to learn more about how your PHN can support nurses in this program, book a chat with one of the team members below.

 

 

Key dates

Intake and program duration Applications Open  Application Outcome Notification Induction Workshop

1. October 2023 – August 2024

Open: 28 August 2023
Close: COB 2 October 2023

Completed

Mentors: 26 October 2023

All: 30 October 2023

2. March 2024 – January 2025 Open: Now open
Close: COB 4 March
March 2024

Mentors: TBC March 2024

All: TBC March 2024

3. July 2024 – May 2025 Open: 1 March 2024
Close: COB 8 July 2024     
July 2024

Mentors: TBC July 2024

All: TBC July 2024

4. March 2025 – January 2026 Open: 1 November 2024
Close: COB 3 March 2025     
March 2025

Mentors: TBC March 2025

All: TBC March 2025


Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, APNA's 2023-2026 Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program aims to build capacity amongst the primary health care nursing workforce. Click here for more information on the broader NiPHC Program.

Please note this information is subject to change.

Program Q&A

​​​​Compulsory 3-hour program induction training for all nurses in the program.

The TPP links each Transitioning Nurse with an experienced Clinical and Professional Nurse Mentor who will support them through small group learning.

Mentors must be a registered nurse or nurse practitioner who has a minimum of four years of relevant and recent PHC experience. Mentors are not required to be currently working in a PHC setting, but must have worked in a PHC setting or related field in the last 2 years.

Mentors are funded $2,700 to provide a minimum of 40 hours of clinical and professional mentoring (direct and/or indirectly) over 8 months, to a maximum of three nurses (i.e. 40 hours of mentoring provided to the group, not 40 hours per nurse).

Mentoring is conducted both directly and indirectly:

  • Direct contact is provided when the mentor is present, observes, works with, and may assist the transitioning nurse in their role. 
  • Indirect contact is provided when the mentor is easily contactable, but may not directly observe daily activities. This might involve contact via SMS, telephone, Zoom or other electronic communication methods.

Small group learning is an educational approach that is learner-centered with a focus on active learning and engagement. The sessions will be led by the mentor, with contributions from the group. It is up to individuals in the groups to decide when/how/ where the sessions will be held over the 8 months. Additional one-on-one support from the mentor may be available for nurses as required.

Mentors are provided with training, tools, resources, and APNA nurse support to assist in the facilitation of small group learning, in addition to $2,700 funding for their time in the program.

View the education provided in the program

The TPP provides a framework for optimising access to over 150 online education activities for nurses.

Nurses are expected to complete the 12 core education activities by program end.

Education has been divided up as:

  • Core: education crucial for nurses to know within their first 12 months in primary health care;
  • Key: education important for nurses to know within their first 12 months in primary health care; and
  • Optional: additional education that may be useful to nurses in primary health care and/or education sought outside of the program

Transitioning nurses are provided with a hard-copy Foundations of General Practice workbook.

Mentors are provided with the full suite of TPP online education activities, as well as additional mentor and leadership specific courses. Further, mentors are provided with training, tools, resources, and APNA nurse support to assist in the facilitation of small group learning. 

An online self-assessment tool to assist nurses with prioritising and planning their education needs, then tracking their progress, throughout the program

 All participants are required to provide regular feedback about the program to APNA, e.g. submission of a monthly report (template provided by APNA).

All participants are supported by APNA throughout the program, both APNA nurses and program support staff.

All nurses will have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to group discussions via an online networking forum, the TPP Community of Practice via Mentorloop.

Transitioning nurses must be willing to complete program activities in their own time, in addition to any work hours and/or study leave they are able to arrange access to with their workplace.

For the most part, program activities can be undertaken to fit in with the individual's schedule and pacing. Participants conservatively report spending 1-3 hours per week undertaking program activities across the course of the 10 month program (50 hours minimum).

Nurse mentors are required to commit a minimum 40 hours of their time to mentoring over their 8 months in the program (1-2 hours per week).

Rebekah Cox, Program Manager
Deborah Kerz, Elaine Cornford & Rosie Oldham, Program Officers
Alisha Komninos, Project Coordinator
transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au | 1300 303 184

Do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team!

Over the next three years, July 2023 to June 2026, APNA will be rolling out the third phase of its Commonwealth funded Transition to Practice Program.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, APNA's 2018-2023 Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program worked to build capacity amongst the primary health care nursing workforce following the 2015-2018 NiPHC Program.

Sitting within the broader NiPHC Program, the TPP has been designed to improve recruitment, professional development, and retention of nurses in primary health care. 

With seven groups across as many years, APNA's TPP provides an evidence-based education framework over 12 months to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care and feel they would benefit from additional support.

Who can participate in the TPP?

  1. Newly graduated or experienced nurses who are currently working on average, 14 hours a week (approx 2x days a week), in a primary health care setting and would like additional support during their transition. (Transitioning Nurse, TN) and
  2. Nurses with four or more years experience in primary health care and interested in mentoring (Clinical and Professional Mentor)

The program has supported 250+ nurses Australia-wide having recently transitioned to primary health care (350+ including nurse mentors).

Past TPP Groups

NiPHC TPP 2015-2018
Group Program Duration
1 April 2016 – March 2017
2 April 2017 – March 2018

 

NiPHC TPP 2018-2023
Group Program Duration
1 February 2019 – January 2020
2 September 2019 – August 2020
3 July 2020 – June 2021
4 May 2021 – May 2022
5 July 2022 – July 2023

Contact the TPP Team to learn more about NiPHC TPP Programs past and current

Rebekah Cox, Program Manager
Deborah Kerz & Rosie Oldham, Program Officers
Alisha Komninos, Project Coordinator
transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au | 1300 303 184

Click here to find out more about other TPP programs offered by APNA throughout the year.

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

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