Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Program

Empower your patients to age well and thrive 

Thank you for the amazing amount of applications that we received, we are in the process of reviewing and selecting the available places. The registration has been kept open if we do receive more space for intakes later in the year. Please complete this form here to be kept in the database.

The program will next be taking participants in the second half of 2022, Check this page for updates and make sure you have subscribed to The Connect so you don't miss out.

The following information outlines the 2018 - 2023 program information and may be subject to change.

Great learning course. Enjoyed meeting the other practice nurses and listening to their feedback to questions.I had a great day. Thank you. Wonderful informative speakers. Great venue. Good to network too.

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 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: 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


Face-to-face (Currently on Hold for 2022 intakes and all intakes will be taken virtually for the interim)

1 day | 8:30am - 4:30pm

Our one-day workshop agenda includes:

  • Aged Care Commission – Final Report: 1 March 2021 
  • Overview of Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing (CDMHA) 
  • Optimising Healthy Ageing versus Managing Chronic Disease Burden 
  • Population Health and Healthy Ageing 
  • Strategies and Tools supporting CDM and HA 
  • Communication and Developing Therapeutic Relationships for Clients with Chronic and Complex Conditions 
  • Health Literacy 
  • Motivational interviewing  
  • Goal Setting 
  • Implementing CDM and HA into practice 
  • Nurse Clinics  

Virtual - Primary method for our 2022 intakes

2 half day workshops | Up to 6 CPD hours | 9:30am - 12:30pm

In an interactive and practical workshop, split into two parts, nurses will be guided through their role in empowering patients to manage chronic disease and healthy ageing.This includes:


  • Aged Care Commission – Final Report: 1 March 2021
  • Overview of Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing (CDMHA)
  • Optimising Healthy Ageing versus Managing Chronic Disease Burden
  • Population Health and Healthy Ageing
  • Strategies and Tools supporting CDM and HA (run through of self assessment and invitation to our community of practice platforms)


  • Developing Therapeutic Relationships for Clients with Chronic and Complex Conditions
  • Communication and Health Literacy
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Goal Setting
  • Implementing CDM and HA into practice

You can find the full workshop learning objectives here.

Online (This is only available upon participant request and review from the CDMHA Team)

Our online version of the workshop includes segments filmed from past face-to-face deliveries. It has been transformed into a 4-part online learning course, which you can complete at your own pace. 6 CPD hours equivalent.

In this version, you will learn about:

  • Overview of chronic disease management and healthy ageing
  • Developing therapeutic relationships with clients with chronic and complex conditions
  • Health literacy
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Goal setting
  • Implementing CDM and HA into practice


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.


As part of the program APNA has developed a series of webinars.

  1. Cancer and it's care - Nov 2019 
  2. Psychological distress in primary health care patients - Oct 2020 
  3. Kidney health - July 2021 
  4. COVID safe care - COVID Landscape - Sep 2021
  5. Chronic Pain - Nov 2021 
  6. Refresh Your CDM and HA Knowledge - Nov 2021  (View presentation slides)

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

2022 intakes will be in the second half of the year, exact dates will be announced soon.

Applications Key Dates 

Call for Expression of Interest Open Monday 20th June 2022 
Closing date for Expression of Interest

Sunday 10th July 2022, 11:59pm, current intakes are now in review and we will be in contact shortly

**applications are still open to keep you in the database for future space and intakes later in the year, but wont be considered for the first round**

The assessment process and approval (includes email to accepted candidates)

Monday 11th to Friday 15th July 2022

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.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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