APNA Transition to Practice Program

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

APNA TPP is available for nurses new to primary health care to purchase privately through funding provided via Health Workforce Agencies Scholarship Programs or PHNs. See the Funding Available section at the end of this page for more information.


Who can participate in APNA's TPP?

  1. Transitioning Nurses (TNs)

    Nurse Practitioners, Registered or Enrolled Nurses looking for support during their transition to a PHC workplace and who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. Graduate Nurses already employed in a PHC workplace: Graduated from tertiary studies in the last two years 

    2. Experienced Nurse employed in a PHC workplace and seeking additional support: Has three or more years' experience in nursing and has transitioned (or is transitioning) into a PHC workplace. 

  2. Clinical and Professional Mentors (Mentors)

    Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner with at least four years of relevant and recent PHC experience. Mentors are not required to work in a PHC setting but must have worked in a PHC setting or related field in the last two years. Mentors are funded $2,400 to provide a minimum of 40 hours of clinical and professional mentoring (direct and/or indirectly) over six months to a maximum of five nurses.


What Programs are available and when?

There are three intakes throughout the year for APNA's Transition to Practice Programs, with a choice of two online programs (Supported TTP and Induction to PHC): 

  • March
  • July 
  • October








Supported Transition to Practice (eight months) Introduction to Primary Health Care Package (six months)
Ideal for graduates or nurses who want some additional support to increase their understanding of primary health care with support from an experienced primary healthcare nurse (mentor) Ideal for nurses who wish to further support to increase their understanding of primary healthcare without support from an experienced primary healthcare nurse (mentor)


Key dates 2024: Supported Transition to Practice Program

Intake and program duration Applications Open  Application Outcome Notification Induction Workshop

March: March 2024 – November 2024

Open: January 2024
Close: COB 4 March

March 2024

Mentors: TBC March 2024

All: TBC March 2024

July: July 2024 – March 2025 Open: 1 March 2024
Close: COB 8 July 2024
July 2024

Mentors: 22 July 2024 (6:30-7:30pm AEDT)

All: 30 July (6:30-8pm AEDT)

October: October 2024 – June 2025 Open: 1 July 2024
Close: COB 7 October 2024     
October 2024

Mentors: TBC October 2024

All: TBC October 2024


Find out more

Find out more

Contact our team via email or give us a call:


Rebekah Cox | Program Manager

transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au | 1300 303 184


1Primary health care refers to any setting outside of acute health, including but not limited to Aged Care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services, Correctional/justice health, Community health, General practice and more


As a nurse

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


  1. Select the short course you would like to do and click ‘Buy Now’
  2. Click 'Buy now' next to the price shown
  3. Click ‘Checkout’ and follow the prompts.

​​​​​​​If funded via a Health Workforce Bursary, follow the below instructions

  1. Select ‘Invoice’ under ‘Payment Method’ -  You won’t need to pay anything at this stage. Once your application is assessed and processed, your health workforce provider will provide payment if your application is approved. See How to apply or check eligibility section for more information per state.

  2. Enter your name, email address and work address

  3. Click ‘next’, and you will receive an invoice from APNA via email

  4. This invoice can then be provided with your application for funding via health workforce or other scholarship providers

  5. If approved by the funding provider, the program can be paid for using the generated invoice

  6. Once APNA has received payment, we will send you information on next steps

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