Transition to Practice Program

APNA's Transition to Practice Program (TPP) provides an evidence-based framework of education over 12-months to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care* and feel they would benefit from additional support.

APNA has extensive experience in the delivery of highly successful national Transition to Practice Programs across multiple primary health care settings.

Starting in 2015, and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, APNA's Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program has helped build the capacity, knowledge, skills, and confidence of the primary health care nursing workforce. TPP has been designed to improve recruitment and retention of nurses in primary health care. The final group of the 2018-2022 NiPHC TPP is currently in progress (May 2021-May 2022). Click here to find out more about the NiPHC TPP.

APNA currently has various TPP packages available for organisations (including PHNs) to purchase and for nurses to participate in. APNA's Transition to Practice Program will:

Provide a practical transition framework for nurses new to primary health care, and help them build foundational knowledge and skills for their role through professional and clinical development, mentoring and support

Enhance competencies, confidence, and capacity of not only the nurses, but their workplace teams, to achieve better health outcomes in primary health care

Provide experienced primary health care nurses with a rewarding opportunity to 'give-back' to the nursing profession where they can thrive in an advanced leadership roles such as clinical and professional mentoring or small group facilitation

Provide greater job satisfaction, utilisation and retention for all nurse participants.

*Primary health care refers to any setting outside of acute health, including but not limited to: Aged Care, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health services, Correctional/justice health, Community health, General practice and more.



Rebekah Cox, Program Manager
Rosie Oldham, Project Officer
Email or call 1300 303 184

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A Mentors story

A mentors journey through APNA's NiPHC Transition to Practice Program

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