Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Program

Empower your patients to age well and thrive.


With almost half of Australians living with at least one chronic health condition, there has never been a better time to deepen your knowledge and skills in this area and boost the support you can give your patients

About the program

APNA's Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing (CDMHA) program provides an evidence-based education framework to support nurses in primary health care to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in this area.  

Duration: Six months  

Time commitment:

  • Compulsory:  6 x 2-hour virtual workshops (worth up to 10 CPD hours)
  • Recommended: Community of Practice where resources will be shared

Location: The workshop and all other activities take place online. 

Cost: $220.00 for both APNA members and non-members. *As this program is subsidised by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, an APNA member discount cannot be applied.

Who can take part? 

The program is for Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners with experience in chronic disease management and aged care who are interested in expanding their knowledge of cardiovascular health, diabetes, mental health, cancer and injury prevention. 

Tailored for nurses seeking to advance their skills in the focus areas of cardiovascular health, cancer control, injury prevention and control, mental health and diabetes mellitus. This course presents comprehensive strategies and is aimed at enhancing existing practices and expanding professional expertise. If chronic disease management is not currently in your existing practice, please view APNA Principles of Chronic Disease Management which is for nurses to develop and apply skills in chronic disease management, developing foundational knowledge and building practical strategies.

If you are new to primary health care, we recommend our Transition to Practice Program.

Program components 


An online workshop, split into five parts with one monthly workshop, nurses will be guided through their role in empowering patients to manage chronic disease and healthy ageing. The key focus areas are: 

  • Cardiovascular Health 
  • Cancer control 
  • Injury prevention and control 
  • Mental Health 
  • Diabetes Mellitus 

Upon registering for the workshop, nurses will complete a self-assessment (online survey) to identify their current knowledge and identify any areas for improvement. 

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, encouraging and facilitating discussion. 

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 queries. APNA may also make contact to check how nurses have been implementing learnings from this program. 

Program dates, locations and registration details 

Intake 1: Tuesday 30th of January 2024 via Zoom 

4:00pm-6:00pm (AEST)

Already Commenced

Intake 2: Monday 20th of April 2024 via Zoom

4:00pm-6:00pm (AEST)

Already Commenced

Intake 3: Tuesday 11th of June 2024 via Zoom

12:00pm-2:00pm (AEST)

Cancellations and refunds

Event cancellations must be made in writing to APNA via email at

Refunds are not available within seven days of the workshop.


A range of scholarships may fund your spot in our program. 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.

Register your interest for future intakes of CDMHA 

Register below and you will be contacted when more dates are annouced!


The Nursing in Primary Health Care CDMHA Program is an Australian Government initiative.


Cressida Bradley | Program Solution Manager - Leadership, Education and Support
Alisha Komninos | Project Coordinator and administration support
Email | Call 03 9322 9500

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