Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Program

Empower your patients to age well and thrive 

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 50 hours of online and face-to-face learning, designed for nurses by nurses in primary health care.


1. Register
Register for the program in your local area

2. Self-assessment
Identify the online learning that's right for you

3. Workshop
Network and learn with other nurses

4. Online learning
Choose from 27 modules                

5. Discussion forum
Learn from and inspire your peers   

6. Follow up
Our nurse experts are a phone call away


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 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 health 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


1 day workshop | Up to 6 CPD hours | 8:30am to 4:30pm

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
  • Communication and engagement
  • Getting things happening
  • Patient self-management support and empowerment
  • Putting it all together

Click here for a sample agenda.


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

Twenty seven online learning modules 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 complete this at their own pace during the 12 month program. Click here to download a list of available modules.

Discussion forum

A closed Facebook group where nurses can discuss, engage and consult with their peers. APNA provides hints, tips and tricks to the group, as well as 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 any queries. APNA may also make contact to check how nurses have been implementing learnings from this program.

Program dates, locations and registration details

Please note - Registrations are not open yet.

Location Date
Brisbane Thursday 6 February
Broken Hill Friday 6 March
Sydney Thursday 21 May
Alice Springs Friday 19 June
Adelaide Thursday 23 July
Perth Thursday 13 August
Canberra Thursday 10 September
Port Lincoln Thursday 15 October
Geraldton Thursday 12 November
Busselton Saturday 14 November

Cancellations and refunds

Event cancellations must be made in writing to APNA and incur a $50 (incl. GST) administration fee.

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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