Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Program

Empower your patients to age well and thrive 

Please note - The program will be delivered completely online until further notice. Registrations for 2020 are now closed. Please click here if you would like to be notified when registrations are open for 2021.

How does the online program work? Click here to download our Online Program Participant Guide.

I had a great day. Thank you. Wonderful informative speakers. Great venue. Good to network too.

Great learning course. Enjoyed meeting the other practice nurses and listening to their feedback to questions.

With 1 in 2 Australians suffering from chronic disease, there's no better time to upskill in chronic disease management and healthy ageing. APNA's new 12 month program offers over 60 hours of online and face-to-face learning, designed for nurses by nurses in primary health care.


General program information

Duration: 12 months  

Time commitment:

  • Compulsory: 1 day workshop (Up to 6 CPD hours)
  • Electives: Online learning (More than 50 CPD hours to choose from)

Location: 1 day face-to-face or online workshop. Remaining activities are online.

Cost: $200 (ex GST) for APNA non-members and members. Grants and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Eligibility: Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Midwives & Nurse Practitioners.

Program objectives

  1. To understand the fundamental principles of chronic disease management and healthy ageing.
  2. To incorporate and apply the concepts of chronic disease management and healthy ageing within their nursing practice.
  3. To identify strengths and areas to grow in relation to chronic disease management and healthy ageing practice.

Program components


Please note, our workshop has been recorded and will be delivered as an online module until further notice. It will take approximately 6 hours to complete and is divided into 4 parts, and you can save your progress at any time. You do not have to complete it within one day. We recommend completing the workshop within the first 3 months.

1 day workshop | Up to 6 CPD hours | 8:30am to 5pm 

In an interactive and practical one-day workshop, nurses will be guided through their role in empowering patients to manage chronic disease and healthy ageing. The workshop agenda is the following:

  • Overview of chronic disease management and healthy ageing 
  • Developing therapeutic relationships with clients with chronic and ​complex conditions 
  • Health literacy 
  • Making it happen! Implementing chronic disease management and healthy ageing into practice 
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Goal setting 
  • Putting it all together and care planning 

You can find the full program objectives here.


Upon registering for the workshop, nurses take a self-assessment (online survey) to identify their current knowledge, and become aware of any areas for improvement. From this, we link nurses to key APNA online learning to complete.

APNA Online Learning

An online learning bundle of approximately 60 CPD hours is provided to nurses by APNA. This is accessible from when nurses register for a workshop, and access is available for one year. We encourage nurses to use their self-assessment as a guide through the foundational, intermediate and advanced stages of their personalised learning journey. Nurses are not required or expected to complete all of the learning activities. Click here to download a list of available modules.

Community of Practice

A private messaging platform where program participants can discuss, engage and consult with their peers. APNA provides tips and resources to the group, as well as encouraging and facilitating discussion. APNA will also host teleconferences to advance education and engagement.


As part of the program APNA is developing a series of webinars. 

Watch our first webinar, Cancer and its care, on YouTube here.

Our second webinar, Psychological distress in primary health care patients, will be available to view soon.

Follow-up support

This will include one complimentary call for non-members and ongoing support to members, through the APNA Nurse Support Line – a service to assist nurses with any queries. APNA may also make contact to check how nurses have been implementing learnings from this program.

Program dates, locations and registration details

All face-to-face workshops are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.

Now you've got an even better reason to stay on the couch - Our Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Program is available online! Complete the online workshop before discovering a whole suite of online learning, tailored for your needs. Click on the below date that best suits you to start your 12 month learning journey. It will take you to the registration page for that intake.

Thursday 20 August  sold out!

Thursday 10 September sold out!

Thursday 1 October

Thursday 2 November

Thursday 3 December

Cancellations and refunds

Event cancellations must be made in writing to APNA.

Refunds are not available within 7 days of the workshop.


There is a range of scholarships that may fund your attendance to one of the workshops. A list of scholarships and grants is here.

APNA encourages nurses working in rural and remote areas to apply for the Health Workforce Scholarship. 

Follow the link above to find out more.


The Chronic Disease Management and Health Ageing Program has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.



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