Career Pathways

Career Pathways is focused on delivering programs that encourage the next generation of nurses to make primary health care their first choice when leaving education. 


Our Placement Programs 


Primary Health Care Student Nurse Placement Program 

Australia needs a strong and accessible primary health care system to keep people well and out of hospital. Nurses play a vital role in achieving this. But with a predicted shortfall in nurses working in primary health care in coming years, we need to act now to make this vibrant and exciting sector the first choice for graduates.  

This is why APNA works with education providers and primary health care workplaces to offer high-quality placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students, where we showcase the rewarding and varied career paths a primary health care nurse can take.  

Our program offers students the opportunity to experience primary health care nursing in various urban, regional, rural or remote locations, in settings including general practice, schools and community health.  

And it works - seven in ten students who complete placements with us say they will consider a career outside hospital settings on graduating


Aged Care Student Nurse Placement Program

APNA’s Commonwealth-funded student nurse placement Aged Care program supports second and third-year Bachelor of Nursing students wishing to experience what it is like to work in this exciting sector. 

Students are supported on placements by dedicated Clinical Nurse Facilitators (RNs) funded by APNA. The facilitators ensure students meet their learning outcomes and assessments mapped specifically to each Education Provider. This model of supervision and learning aims to reduce any impact on the Aged Care facility’s existing staff workload and ensure the continuation of workflow.

Student nurses on our placements are given the support they need to acquire higher-level skills, including leadership, chronic disease management, complex care and head-to-toe assessments. 

Our Aged Care Knowledge Hub also provides resources, tools and support for nursing students taking the first steps towards a fulfilling career in aged care.


Find out more 


Have questions?

To speak to someone on the Career Pathways team, call 03 9322 9500 or email


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Information for student nurses

APNA offers student nurses like you the opportunity to get a taste of what it's like to work as a nurse in primary health care and aged care.

Information for education providers

Most nurses start their career in a hospital. Historically, it was an onerous task for universities and tertiary education providers to arrange placements for student nurses in primary health care… until now.

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