Transition to Practice Program for Organisations and PHNs

Strengthen nurse capability and utilisation

Looking to recruit, upskill and retain competent, confident nurses in primary health care?

APNA is working with organisations including PHNs to provide professional and clinical development and support, to build capacity for nursing now and into the future.

With extensive experience in the delivery of highly successful, evidence-based national and tailored Transition to Practice Programs (TPP) in various primary health care settings, APNA has multiple foundational packages available to nurses and organisations including PHNs. Learn more about APNA's highly regarded NiPHC TPP.

Nurses new to primary health care can feel isolated and overwhelmed, while under-utilisation and limited professional development is reported by experienced nurses.

Participation in an orientation through the evidence-based framework of an APNA TPP builds the foundational knowledge and skills of transitioning nurses. Further enhancing competencies, confidence, and capacity of not only the nurses, but their workplace teams, to achieve better health outcomes in primary health care. Equally, experienced nurses thrive in the mentor role, leading to greater job satisfaction and retention for all nurse participants.

Commit to strengthening the capability and utilisation of your nurse workforce. Customise, purchase and package up a transition program to meet the needs of your nurses and broader community.

APNA is happy to work with your PHN or organisation to create a Transition to Practice program that meets your needs.



  • Rebekah Cox: Program Manager
  • Rosie Oldham: Project Officer or 1300 303 184

Please note this information is subject to change.

What's involved?

APNA will run three regular intakes per year with limited places. The participating nurses will be from a mix of rural, remote, and metro regions across multiple PHN catchments, throughout Australia. Intake dates are:

  • Early intake: March to February the following year
  • Mid intake: July to June the following year
  • Final intake: October to September the following year



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

Transitioning nurses can be supported by a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practioner with four or more years experience in primary health care. APNA has access to experienced nurses in a variety of settings, many of whom have significant mentoring experience and/or are emerging nurse leaders in primary health care.

Options include:

  • Clinical and professional mentoring: Minimum of 20 hours of direct or indirect contact with a clinical and professional mentor or
  • Small group learning: Regular small group learning facilitated by an experienced primary health care nurse, to support transitioning nurses in a small group learning environment

APNA encourages experienced nurses to get involved as a clinical and professional mentor or facilitator, and grow their career through education and learning

  • All participants are required to provide regular feedback about the program to APNA. 
  • All participants (including mentors or facilitators) are supported by APNA throughout the program.
  • APNA has packages available starting from $950 per nurse.
  • Special pricing is also available if you're looking to support five or more nurses.
  • APNA is happy to work with your PHN or organisation to create a Transition to Practice program that meets your needs.
  • See the Progam Packages Overview for more details

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