Digital Health Nurse Transformers


At APNA, we want to support nurses to grow their capabilities and boost their confidence to influence our constantly evolving national digital health system, ensuring safe, effective care for people. This is why APNA is collaborating with the Australian Digital Health Agency to transform how we use digital health in practice. We can ensure digital platforms like My Health Record, electronic prescriptions and telehealth services are used routinely in primary health care. 

Together, we delivered the first two rounds of the Digital Health Nurse Transformer Program between 2020 –2022. Now we are back for round three!  


What is a Nurse Transformer 

Do you have a passion for digital health and want to influence others to use digital health technologies in your workplace?   

APNA's Nurse Transformers program supports nurses to become digital health champions and change enablers for other primary health care nurses.  


What does being a Nurse Transformer involve?

Successful Nurse Transformers are supported to complete online training in using digital health programs, including My Health Record, as well as an online leadership training session hosted by APNA.   

Nurse Transformers create opportunities to share digital health knowledge and education with others to increase the uptake and adoption of digital health behaviours and document these using the Nurse Transformer Activity Tracker. 

They also share knowledge and connect with other nurses through networking meetings and a Digital Health Community of Practice

Additionally, Nurse Transformers are invited to contribute to our Nurse DIGEST webinars, enhancing educational content provided by the Australian Digital Health Agency with your real examples and practical solutions relatable to the audience. 


EOIs for the upcoming round of the Nurse Transformer program are now closed. The program starts in December 2023 and runs until 30 June 2024. It will take around 15 hours to complete the program's requirements. 


Be inspired  

The idea for APNA's Digital Health Nurse Transformers program was conceived back in 2019. APNA found that increasing knowledge of digital health policy, services and tools would be beneficial to increasing workforce efficiency and patient outcomes.  

We looked to learn more about utilising My Health Record, electronic prescriptions and telehealth services routinely within primary health care. APNA recruited nurses interested in digital health technologies to educate and transform the practice of their peers and other health care professionals. We call these nurses Nurse Transformers! 

APNA engaged Nurse Transformers to become advocates and enablers to educate and empower other nurses and health professionals to increase confidence in using digital health technologies in routine practice. 

Here's a downloadable overview of the Nurse Transformers program - From Idea to Action! 

Matthew St Ledger sat down with APNA members Tammy & Mary-Ann to discuss their roles as digital health champions, or Nurse Transformers, to educate and transform the practice of nurses and other health care professionals.



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