Supported Transition to Practice Program

Supported Transition to Practice Program
Member Price: $9,925.00 Non-Member Price: $9,925.00 Buy Now!

For eligible nurses, this in-depth APNA Bursary Short Course can be fully-funded by the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. For more information visit:

This Supported Transition to Practice Program consists of a number of professional development learning activities and resources which aims to mitigate transition shock and build the nursing workforce capacity to provide high quality clinical care to support the health and wellbeing of Australian communities.

There are 3 intake points during the year which are: 

  • Early intake: 1st March to 28th Feb the following year
  • Mid intake: 1st July to 30th June the following year
  • Final intake: 1st October to 30th September the following year

This bundle includes the registration cost to an APNA Conference. Apply now to secure your spot at the APNA Conference Roadshow.

What do I get

  • Access to over 150+ hours of learning and resources specifically for nurses new to primary health care. Inclusive of:
    • Small group learning and education sessions to assist with translating theory into practice
    • Online learning
  • Self-assessment to rank and benchmark your knowledge, skills and confidence and identify learning goals to assist in the development of a professional development action plan for the 12 month program
  • Nurse support inclusive of access to an community of practice with other program nurses to share knowledge, experiences and ideas
  • Registration cost to an APNA Conference.
  • Certificate of completion at program end

Duration and average hours required  

12 months and with a comprehensive self-assessment to guide selection, access to up to 150 CPD hours  in total (including up to 24 CPD hours from APNA Conference attendance)

How to apply and access the fully-funded education

Learn more about the fully-funded APNA Bursary Short Courses and view step-by-step instructions to apply here:

Have questions?

If you have any questions, please email or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

Overarching themes and topics of this APNA Short Course:

  • Translating Theory into Practice- With the understanding that there is a balance between theory and practice, this short course includes resources to assist navigating the path of putting theory into practice through refection and self-assessment as well as providing professional development in the skills of communication and having difficult conversations.
  • A 12-point self-assessment process allows nurses to rank and benchmark their knowledge, skills and confidence and identify learning goals to assist in the development of a professional development action plan for the following 12 month timeframe.
  • Enabling Culturally Safe Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through self-reflective practice and professional considerations. Offering foundational ideas that can be built on through ongoing professional development and recognising factors that underpin the health inequities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and how to enhance culturally safe experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in practice.
  • Comprehensive Chronic Disease Management -  aiming for enhanced management of chronic conditions using identified program-based approaches for self-management, motivational interviewing, coaching and its application to practice, understanding the importance of continuity of care and working with other providers and understanding and building  awareness of the importance of a holistic approach to care utilising  resources for self-management, and how to assess readiness to change, avoid resistance to change, identify potential barriers and the importance of goal setting.
  • Health Care Planning - understanding of the basic principles of care planning and how to apply this in day-to-day work and provision of key information sources to support this in a way that is responsive to local needs. Decision support tools to assist person centred care planning in primary health care.
  • Health assessments and other planned assessments - Understanding the basic principles of health assessments and core themes required for a primary health care nurse to consider and include when conducting an assessment. Identifying and developing the core clinical assessment skills required within the workplace and community setting, the importance of accurate data collection and documentation. To confidently initiate escalation or referral or alternative action when required, and to develop an understanding of relevant validated screening tools and evidence-based resources and their applicability in primary health care with information to support development of or review of work based clinical assessment policies.
  • Exploring key elements of navigating work life and building environments to allow nurses to do their best work within their workplace and community - through understanding the interpersonal conflicts commonly encountered in primary health care nursing, recognising the principles of change management and its importance in primary health care and effectively applying communication and negotiation skills in everyday work life. Appropriate initiation and engagement in challenging conversations with the aim to affecting positive change and pursuing strategies to promote wellbeing and mental health within challenging environments.
  • Population health - expand activities undertaken to improve population health outcomes in the local community through implementing a population health approach using data and information to support evidence-based practice. Highlighting the importance of planning and monitoring population health interventions to identify improved health outcomes and reflecting on opportunities and support available to expand population health activities.
  • Understanding core themes that will provide understanding of Scope of Practice, looking at the term ‘scope of practice’ in the context of a nurse working in primary health care including the regulatory and professional aspects of scope of practice and professional decision making. Exploring opportunities for practice and identifying the required scope of practice of nurses to meet patient and client needs.
  • Wound Management - providing the foundations of basic wound assessment and management including information to enable informed dressing selection and including information on the basic anatomy, physiology and assessment of wounds, including normal healing and factors that impact on healing. Inclusive of developing evidence based practice principles in basic wound care and dressing selection, exploring the principles and techniques of debridement as well as presentations of chronic and acute wounds, their management considerations and how they differ (including venous and arterial wounds).
  • Opportunity for development and up-skilling nurses knowledge, skills and confidence in areas of clinical assessment and management of various acute and/or chronic conditions in accordance with nurses’ individual needs assessments. These may include (but are not limited to), triage, medicines management, asthma, ear cerumen management (ear irrigation) etc.
  • Maternal and Child health education building knowledge, skills and confidence around the common maternal and child health and development concerns, understanding common health pathways and options and how to access referral support services and inclusive of identification of the signs, symptoms, and basic management of both common and urgent childhood illnesses.
  • Opportunities to learn, connect and re-energise with events that provide the latest clinical guidance and information to enhance scope of practice and discover new ways to provide better patient care as well as connect with other nurses from various primary health care settings, engage with brands that help you care for your patients and meet experts who can provide advice and feel empowered to be the best nurse you can be and incorporate learnings into practice.
  • Provision of professional development is undertaken through a variety of modalities including online or face to face education modules, workshops and webinars.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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