NiPHC Transition to Practice Program

The fourth group of the 2018-2022 NiPHC Transition to Practice Program (TPP) is currently in progress (May 2021-May 2022). Applications are closed. Thank you to all who applied. 

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What is the NiPHC TPP?

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APNA's 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.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, APNA's 2018-2022 Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program has worked to build capacity amongst the primary health care nursing workforce, following on from the 2015-2018 NiPHC Program. Sitting within the broader NiPHC Program, the TPP has been designed to improve recruitment, professional development and retention of nurses in primary health care. The final group of the NiPHC TPP is currently in progress (May 2021-May 2022). See key dates for NiPHC TPP below.

Who can participate in the TPP?

  1. Nurses who have recently transitioned into a primary health care setting (Transitioning Nurse, TN) and
  2. Nurses with extensive experience working in primary health care eager to mentor a TN (Clinical and Professional Mentor)

By its completion in 2022, the program will have supported a maximum of 150 nurses Australia-wide, having recently transitioned to primary health care. There has been four small intakes over a four year period (2018–2022).

Note that Primary Health Tasmania are sponsoring additional places for mentors and TNs in the current Group 4.

Download FAQ | See quick NiPHC TPP Q&A below

What's involved?

Program induction training:

  • ​​​​​​Compulsory one-day program induction training for all nurses in the program.


  • View the education provided in the program
  • APNA has over 150 education activities for nurses to access. 
  • Nurses are expected to complete the 12 core education activities by program end
  • Education has been divided up as 
    • Core: education crucial for nurses to know within their first 12 months
    • Key: education important for nurses to know within their first 12 months and
    • Optional activities: additional education available in or outside of the program 

Clinical and professional mentoring (mentors): 

  • An experienced registered primary health care nurse (or nurse practitioner) with four or more years experience in primary health care who will support a maximum of two transitioning nurses over 10 months
  • Mentors will focus on their transitioning nurses' skills development, career, and personal skills development and growth
  • A minimum of 40 hours of clinical and professional mentoring is to be provided (directly or indirectly)
  • The mentor is supported by APNA throughout the program
  • Mentors are provided with $2,400 per transitioning nurse they support

Self-assessment tool: 

  • An online self-assessment tool to assist nurses with prioritising and planning their education needs, then tracking their progress, throughout the program

Quality improvement: 

  • All participants are required to provide regular feedback about the program to APNA, e.g. submission of a quarterly report (template provided by APNA)

APNA Program support: 

  • All participants are supported by APNA throughout the program

Protected time: 

  • This refers to the dedicated study time for the transitioning nurse to participate in program activities that is funded by APNA
  • Transitioning Nurses are reimbursed for the protected time required (50 hours over 12 months) required to participate in the program ($2,000 ex GST)
  • Clinical and professional mentors are reimbursed for their time required (40 hours over 10 months) to participate in the program ($2,400 ex GST per transitioning nurse they mentor
  • Transitioning nurses must be willing to complete program activities in their own time (in addition to the funded protected time) over the 12 month program

Key dates

Group Application dates Application outcome notification Program Duration Induction workshop
1 Closed January 2019 February 2019 – January 2020 Completed
2 Closed August 2019 September 2019 – August 2020 Completed
3 Closed July 2020 July 2020 – June 2021 Completed
4 Closed May 2021 May 2021 – May 2022 Completed

Statement of support and information for workplaces 

APNA has developed a one page information sheet for nurses to give to their managers upon applying for the program, which includes a statement of support to upload with your application (optional for mentors):


Rebekah Cox, Program Manager
Rosie Oldham, Project Officer | 1300 303 184

Please note this information is subject to change.

The Transition to Practice Program has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health


No. This program is open to all nurses regardless of APNA membership. We certainly always encourage membership as belonging to your professional association says much about your commitment and contribution to improving the health of all Australians.


No. This program is funded by the Australian Department of Health. Nurses are not required to pay for the program. The only cost required are the time commitments as described in the program overview. 

  • Workplace accreditation expiry date (if your workplace is accredited)
  • Your workplace contact details
  • Your contact details
  • The program is run over 12 months, with Mentor's being involved for 10 of those months.
  • The time required to participate will vary from person to person and fluctuate over time. Generally, time is heavily spent in the first 4 months (front-end-loaded) and often tapers off towards the end.
  • It is expected that both the Transitioning Nurse and Clinical and Professional Mentor participate in the program in their own time, outside of the funding provided. This is estimated to be about 3 hours per week - again this will vary for individuals and will fluctuate over the program. 
  • The program provides requires the below time commitments:
    • Clinical and Professional Mentor: 40 hours of contact time (direct or indirect) with the Transitioning Nurse (funded) + their own time (estimated around 3 hours a week)
    • Transitioning Nurse: Receive funding for 50 hours of protected time + your own time (estimated around 3 hours a week)
  • This program is not known as a graduate year but provides a significant amount of support and education for nurses who are new to primary health care nursing
  • This program provides access to over 30 CPD hours that nurses can use towards their CPD requirements for registration

No. It is not in the scope of the program to provide a job placement service for nurses or workplaces with nurses.

  • If you have recently commenced working in primary health care, and you consider yourself to be new to primary health care, you are eligible to apply
  • All transitioning nurses will be matched with clinical and professional mentors who have had four or more years of experience in primary health care nursing.

Enrolled nurses can participate as transitioning nurse but not a clinical and professional mentor. This is due to:

  • The broader professional scope of practice of registered nurses and  
  • The professional and clinical mentor may mentor more than one nurse and needs to have the appropriate skills to mentor both registered and enrolled nurses.

Education completed prior to the program may be recognised and go towards completion of certain aspects of the program, i.e. immunisation.

As a number of education activities have been developed specifically for this program, not all prior education will be able to be recognised for this program.

Yes. This program is designed to provide 10 months of intensive mentoring support. However, If the 40 hours are unable to be completed within the 10 months, the mentoring may continue past the official 10 month mark.

This will depend on how long your answers are, but on average it could take approximately 30 minutes.

Your responses will be available in your Mentorloop profile. 

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