APNA Programs

Transition to Practice Program 

New to working outside of a hospital and looking for some extra support? The Nursing in Primary Health Care Transition to Practice Program is APNA's evidence-based support for nurses new to working in primary health care settings, including: 

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) 
  • rural and remote 
  • school nursing 
  • community health 
  • general practice 
  • and more 

You'll be paired with an experienced mentor, access exclusive education tools and resources, and meet other nurses just like you through small-group learning activities. Best of all, it's free! 

We are also looking for experienced PHC nurses to become paid mentors on the program, with our expert teams full support. What are you waiting for? Applications for our next intake close on Monday 8 July 2024. Complete the application form today and get the support you need to succeed.

Clinical Placement Programs

Inspire students to choose a career in primary health care. APNA are looking for primary health care teams passionate about their field to host student nurses for their clinical placement hours.    

By hosting student nurses in your workplace as part of the National Nursing Clinical Placement Program you can show the next generation of nurses how rewarding a career in primary health care can be. In addition to being paid, you’ll have our expert placement team’s administrative and clinical support from start to finish. Best of all, you’ll help build a pipeline of new nursing talent.

Interested? Visit the APNA website to learn more and apply. 

National Mental Health Pathways to Practice Program

Note: The eligibility criteria for this program have been updated since launch. We have put together a comms kit for our stakeholder comms teams for this program with further resources.   

Starting out in your career as a nurse can be daunting, but with the right support and resources, you will thrive. This is why APNA offers support and mentoring for nurses new to primary health care. Building on the success of their Transition to Practice Program, they are now offering something special for nurses in roles involving mental health.  

The National Mental Health Pathways to Practice Program is for:  

  • nurses who have graduated within the past five years  
  • are supporting patients with mental health conditions  
  • who would like to enhance their mental health expertise.  

The program will match you with experienced mentors who want to share their knowledge and experience. It will also give you access to an exclusive online Community of Practice forum where you can connect with your peers for added support. Best of all, it's free!  

APNA is also looking for experienced nurse mentors. You'll have the full support of their team to help nurses reach their full potential, and you'll be paid for your time. Interested? Visit the APNA website to learn more and apply. 

Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing

Empower your patients to live well and thrive with our education program for experienced primary health care nurses looking to increase their skills and knowledge in chronic disease management.

APNA's Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing (CDMHA) is a fully supported six-month, intermediate-level program with monthly workshops on key health priority areas. Learning in workshops is supported by access to self-assessment tools and online learning modules, and participants are encouraged to share their learning, experiences and progress through a community of practice.   

The Australian Government subsidises the course, and it costs just $220. Our next intake starts Wednesday 21 August 2024. To secure your spot, visit the APNA website

CDMHA is part of the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program, an Australian Government initiative.  

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