Transition to Practice Program

The Transition to practice program provides an evidence-based framework of support over 12 months to nurses who are new to primary health care (recently graduated or experienced nurses moving from another setting). Applications and more information will be available on this page in October 2018. To see information on previous programs please see the TPPP 2016-2018 Overview section below.

Program overview (more to come)

APNA will be looking for applications from transitioning nurses and mentors who wish to support them. The program will not match or allocate nurses to workplaces but it will support a maximum of 150 nurses, in a series of five small groups over a four year period (2018 – 2022). The 12 month transition program includes access to; 

  • Self-assessment framework to assist in CPD planning and prioritisation of education needs
  • Education specific to primary health care nursing (PHC) i.e. immunisation, ear irrigation and more. See here for the full list.
  • Clinical and professional mentoring from an experienced primary health care nurse (10 month period)
  • Ongoing support from APNA and program review

Program start dates:

  • Group 1: February 2019 - January 2020
  • Group 2: August 2019 - July 2020
  • Group 3: September 2019 - August 2020
  • Group 4: July 2020 - June 2021
  • Group 5: May 2021 - April 2022  

General Program Eligibility (more to come)

Transitioning Nurses
Must be a registered or enrolled nurse who has recently transitioned to primary health care and is currently working (or will be by program start) in a primary health care setting for a minimum of 14 hours per week. This program does not match or allocate you to a primary health care workplace.

Clinical and professional mentors
Must be a registered nurse (or a Nurse Practitioner) who has worked for four or more years in a primary health care environment

Primary Health Care Settings
Must be accredited with an appropriate organisation i.e. RACGP Standards for General Practice, ACHS Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program or other. Can be any setting outside of acute care. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care 
  • Correctional/Justice health
  • Community care
  • General practice and many more.

Contact 

transitiontopractice@apna.asn.au or 1300 303 184


This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program.

TPPP 2016-2018 Overview

The 2016-2018 APNA Transition program is now completed. Overall, the program has delivered and evaluated an accessible and structured 12 month transition program over two tranches. The aim was to increase the confidence, skills and knowledge of nurses, commencing work in primary health care settings to aid in the recruitment and retention of primary health care nurses1 

The program was delivered in two tranches with nurses who have recently commenced work in primary health care. The timeframes for each tranche are:

  • Tranche 1: April 2016 to March 2017 – Completed
  • Tranche 2: April 2017 to March 2018 – Completed

Program elements

  • Over 50 Transitioning Nurses were selected to participate in the Transition to Practice Pilot Program over both tranches
  • Each Transitioning Nurse is supported by at least one experienced registered nurse, who is their Clinical and Professional Mentor for the duration of the program (see the TPPP Overview Poster at the end of the page for more detail) 
  • APNA support, which includes APNA providing funding to the Transitioning Nurse's:
    - Workplace and
    - Clinical and Professional Mentor 
  • A self-assessment framework to help the Transitioning Nurse identify, prioritise and plan their needs throughout the program
  • Education to complete
  • Involvement in program evaluation

For more information about these programs, please see the Related Documents list at the end of this page.

1 For the purposes of the APNA Transition to Practice program, primary health care settings are considered to be workplaces outside of the acute health care setting – including aged care, correctional health, community care and general practice.

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