APNA Transition to Practice Program

Are you new to nursing in primary health care or want to support someone who is?

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.

Who can participate in APNA's TPP?

  1. Newly graduated or experienced nurses who are currently working in a primary health care setting and would like additional support during their transition. (Transitioning Nurse, TN) and
  2. Nurses with four or more years experience in primary health care and interested in mentoring (Clinical and Professional Mentor/Small Group Learning Facilitators)

See below for how this program will benefit both nurses new to primary health care and experienced primary health care nurses:

For nurses new to primary health care: For nurses experienced in primary health care:
Build your foundational knowledge, skills and confidence through professional and clinical development, mentoring and support Build your foundational knowledge, skills and confidence in professional and clinical mentoring and/or small group facilitation
Enhance your competency, confidence, and capacity as a nurse working in primary health care to enable you to work to your full scope of practice Enhance your competency, confidence, and capacity as a nurse leader working in primary health care to enable you to work to your full scope of practice
Equip you for effective team-based care to achieve better health outcomes in primary health care Provide opportunities to enhance your role and expand your network through professional and personal growth and development 

What Programs are available?

  • Rural Health Workforce Agencies: Nurses working in remote and rural Australia (MMM3+) may be eligble to apply for a TPP package funded by your local Rural health workforce agency. Nurses working in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Services may also be eligible for scholarships through these agencies.

Find and contact your PHN for more details.

  • Other: Organisations and/or individuals are able to purchase programs for their nurses on request if they are APNA members.
    • Please contact Rebekah Cox if your organisaiton wishes to talk with APNA about available Programs. 

If you would like to register your interest for future programs available, please complete your details in the below form and the team will reach out to you if/when a program becomes available to you.



  • Rebekah Cox: Program Manager

transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184

Please note this information is subject to change.

*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

What's involved?

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

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

As a nurse

You may be eligble to have your program costs covered via:

  • Health Workforce Scholarships
  • Fully sponsored places vis PHN and/or organisation


  • Shared cost with your organisation
  • Self-funded

PHN and/or Organisation

If your PHN and/or organisation is looking to purchase a package for your nurses, 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.

Please contact the Program manager Rebekah Cox, to arrange a discussion.

Nurses will have the opportunity to be supported by an experienced primary health care nurse throughout the program via;

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 will support a transitioning nurse over 6 months
  • Clinical and professional mentors focus on developing the transitioning nurses’ clinical and non-clinical skills, and career development
  • The mentors are funded to provide a minimum of 24 hours of direct and indirect contact with each transitioning nurse over a period of 6 months


Small group learning:

  • Regular small group learning is facilitated by experienced registered primary health care nurse (or nurse practitioners) with four or more years experience in primary health care to support the Transitioning Nurses
  • The learning will focus on developing the transitioning nurses' skills development, career, and personal skills development and growth

Education and up-skilling for mentor/facilitators

Education & tool-kits are provided for nurses mentors undertaking mentoring or small group facilitation in a formal program

The workbook is a tool which can be used by the nurse mentor or facilitator to guide them throughout the program, and beyond the 6-month program

It is used to guide nurse mentors in preparing, commencing, growing, and concluding a mentoring relationship with a mentee in primary health care

It may be used independently or accompany an existing workplace mentoring program and will provide resources, tools, and templates for mentors to use throughout the program and beyond

Reimbursement for mentoring/Facilitation

APNA recognises nurses contribution of knowledge and skills to the TPP community is invaluable and essential to the success of the program and the broader strengthening of the primary health care nurse workforce.

All nurse mentors and facilitators are reimbursed for their program participation.

An orientation for nurses new to general practice online learning:

​​​​​​Taken from APNA's successful face-to-face workshops, this training will provide nurses with access to the same materials in an online format. This 12-hour orientation provides an understanding of roles, responsibilities, and skills necessary for nurses working in the general practice environment. 

Foundations of general practice workbook

This workbook is provided for nurses undertaking orientation to general practice and can be used by the transitioning nurse and their practice team well beyond the 12-month program

It is used to help new nurses to general practice navigate this multi-faceted environment

The workbook can be referred to independently or accompanying an existing workplace orientation, assisting with identifying areas where additional knowledge is required

Find out more about the Foundations of General Practice: A workbook for nurses

Transition to Practice specific education:

Access to a minimum of 12 online learning activities selected from suite of education developed specifically for the TPP, many of which are exclusive to APNA programs: View the list of TPP education

APNA has over 150 education activities for primary health care nurses to access

An online self-assessment tool to assist you with prioritising and planning your education needs, and tracking your progress, throughout the program

Transitioning nurses and mentors will have access to, and are expected to contribute to and help foster an online community of practice whereby all participants are encouraged to initiate topical conversations, share knowledge, exchange resources, pose questions and respond to peers, and helping cultivate an environment of open communication and learning.

Webinars will be developed and delivered by experienced primary health care nurses on key information relevant to TPP nurse participants

All participants are encourraged to provide regular feedback about the program to APNA to assist in program improvement.

Participants will also get the opportunity to contribute to Program and/or other APNA activities throughout the program.

All participants have access to:

  • APNA's experienced primary health care nurses for clincial and professional support during business hours across the 12-month period
  • TPP-related support from APNA's TPP team

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