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With Australia’s aging population and deteriorating health, it is vital that we have a strong and accessible primary health care system, keeping people well and out of hospital - but there are serious workforce shortages in primary health.

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.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) champions the role of primary health care nurses. The APNA Student Nurse Placement Program shines a light on primary health care for student nurses and helps to future-proof the primary health care nursing workforce.

APNA does all the hard work to find workplaces and nurse supervisors to host students for small ratio placements, usually 1:1.

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Contact the APNA Student Nurse Placement Program team, call 03 9322 9500 or email or fill in the below form and we'll be in contact with more information. 

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