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SA Health Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses, 2014

Welcome to the SA Health 2014 Registered Nurse Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) website.

Applications for the 2014 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health made second round offers for TPPP Registered Nurse positions on Wednesday 16 October 2013.

SA Health will not be making any further formal rounds of offers but will offer places where a vacancy becomes available, for example when a candidate declines or does not meet pre-employment requirements.

All applications that were assessed as suitable but have not been made an offer will remain active and SA Health may contact you directly should a position become available which matches your ranking and location preferences.

On this website you will find all the information you need about:

  • SA Health's approach to recruiting to the TPPP
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • Where the positions will be offered
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP places
  • Eligibility criteria
  • SA Health's priority for appointment
  • Conditions of employment
  • What you can expect if you are successful in gaining a TPPP position
  • When and where you can get more information from the sites
SA Health has approximately 450 positions for graduate Registered Nurses across South Australia in the 2014 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP).

This is a great way to kick start your nursing career, bridging the gap between university education and practical clinical practice. You will be able to transfer your nursing knowledge into practice in a supportive environment and build your confidence as you develop clinical skills in a fully supported and paid program.

Refer to the latest TPPP updates

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About SA Health

SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on well being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.
SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

The portfolio consists of Department for Health and Ageing, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Women's and Children's Health Network, Country Health SA Local Health Network, and SA Ambulance Service.

For more information about SA Health and its business please click here. 

SA Health's recruitment approach to the TPPP
Over the last two years, SA Health has adopted a whole of health recruitment approach for the TPPP using an electronic online application process. This meant that candidates only needed to apply once for a position in any of the public hospitals/health units across country SA and metropolitan Adelaide.

Each year the process has been evaluated and reviewed. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last 2 years have been very successful for both candidates and health units. It has been so successful that SA Health will continue to take a whole of health approach and will continue to build on and improve the process in 2013 ready for the 2014 appointments.

The online recruitment process is much easier for candidates - you only need to submit one application for a range of sites rather than applying at multiple locations. You will still get to nominate your preferences for the sites you would like to work at but you won't have to apply individually to each hospital. The hospitals are all working in partnership to get the best candidates for SA Health and to streamline and continuously improve the process for all candidates.

Candidates who are successful in their TPPP application will only be made one offer (on the basis of your own priorities and positions available) - not multiple offers as occurred several years ago.

We encourage applicants to seriously consider location preferences - 4 mandatory location preferences and an additional 4 optional preferences are available. You can maximise your opportunity by indicating up to 8 location preferences.

If you are made an offer, you need to take that offer seriously because if you reject it or do not respond within the timeframe advised -
you will not be offered another position, it will be offered to another candidate.

For example, if you nominated:

1. Ceduna Hospital
2. Port Lincoln Hospital
Lyell McEwin Hospital
4. Royal Adelaide Hospital

And you were offered a position at the Lyell McEwin Hospital - if you reject the offer you will not be offered a position at Ceduna, Port Lincoln or the Royal Adelaide Hospital or anywhere else in SA Health.

In this example, the reason you would be offered your 3rd location preference (Lyell McEwin Hospital) is that there were higher ranked candidates who filled all vacancies at Ceduna and Port Lincoln.

Please seriously consider and respond if an offer is made to you.

About the Programs
The transition from graduate to Registered Nurse, from university to clinical workplace can be daunting - but exciting. The TPPP is a real life hands on supported program with full pay as a Level 1 Registered Nurse.

You will have access to:
  • Dedicated TPPP Coordinator and education support team
  • Professional Development Study Days
  • Peer support
  • Up to three clinical rotations
  • Full-time and part-time positions are available - refer to site specific information about positions available
The dedicated program is based on:
  • Recognising the individual needs of both you as a new Registered Nurse and the patients/clients receiving care
  • Acknowledging that you retain responsibility for your own professional development
  • The importance of reflective practice as an essential component to your development

The selection process is based on the the requirements of the generic RN1 Job & Person Sepcification



"The TPPP presents nurses just out of Uni with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the realities of becoming nurses in hospitals, on the job. Like everything in life, what you get out of the program is really up to you. I chose to explore every resource and avenue available and as a result, found my real passion for nursing is in the emergency department. That's where I work permanent full time now." Read more...

The TPPP is specifically designed to support recent graduates in the transition to your new role as a Registered Nurse. You are only eligible for employment within the TPPP if you have less than 988 hours of paid employment experience as a Registered Nurse (at the time of application) in any health setting and have not previously completed a graduate program in nursing.

Where candidates have more than 3 months paid employment as a Registered Nurse, you will be asked to upload evidence of hours worked - refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

In addition, SA Health may contact candidates for additional evidence to assist in determining eligibilty.

Conditions of Employment
Nurses on the TPPP are employed and paid in accordance with the Nurses (South Australian Public Sector) Award 2002 and the Nurses/Midwives (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2010 (please note this Enterprise Agreement is currently under negotiation).

Hours of work are based on a 76 hour fortnight and are in accordance with a 7 day roster, including morning, afternoon and night shifts. All successful candidates will be required to work a 7 day roster.

All hospitals and health units will require you to take your accrued annual leave during the program - this will be discussed with successful applicants and is often set by the employing health unit.

Salary Rates
As at April 2013 the current salary range for Registered Nurse Level 1 is:

  • $54,838 pa Year 1 - $74,825 pa Year 10 based on a full-time salary to be adjusted according to hours worked for part-time employees
  • In addition penalty payments are paid for afternoon, night shifts and weekend work
Given this program is for new graduates, all succesful candidates will commence employment on the first increment level. An exception to this is, new nursing graduates who were previously Registered Midwives and had relevant employment experience.

You will also have access to salary packaging provisions which can reduce your tax and increase your overall income. Terms and conditions are detailed in the relevant Award and Enterprise Agreement.

Pre-employment requirements
Prior to commencement, all appointments will be subject to verification of Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and satisfactory pre-employment checks including Criminal History Check, health assessment and immunisation status. You will not be able to commence a TPPP until these requirements have been satisfied. Failure to meet these requirements will result in withdrawal of the provisional offer.

Please note: If you are offered a position on the TPPP you are responsible for ensuring you are registered with AHPRA. It is recommended that candidates are registered a minimum of two weeks before your scheduled commencement. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the registration process. Failure to meet registration requirements will result in withdrawal of the provisional offer.
Information sessions
Should you be interested in a particular site, you may wish to attend an information session.
No bookings required.

Placement Location Date/time Date/Time
Country Health SA Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details) Wednesday 17 July
9:30am - 10:30am
Wednesday 17 July
11:00am - 12noon
Flinders Medical Centre FMC Level 5 Lecture Theatre 2 Monday 22 July
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday 24 July
9:30am - 11:00am
Lyell McEwin Hospital Main Lecture Theatre Level 2
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Tuesday 16 July
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Modbury Hospital 5th Floor East Wing
5EB Modbury Hospital
Friday 2 August
10:30am - 11:30am
Friday 2 August
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Repatriation General Hospital SPF Hall Annexe
Repatriation General Hospital
Thursday 25 July
10:00am - 11:30am

Royal Adelaide Hospital
(includes joint program info)
Robson Lecture Theatre
Eleanor Harrald Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Tuesday 2 July
10:30am - 11:30am
Tuesday 2 July
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (includes SMRH joint program) Main Lecture Theatre
Level 2 Main Building
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
(includes overview & optional hospital tour)
Thursday 18 July
10:00am - 12noon

Thursday 18 July
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Women's and Children's Hospital Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre
Follow the signs from the Kermode Street Entrance
Thursday 25 July
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Details about the sites

Click on the following links for more information and specific details about the TPPP at:

Important dates
  • Applications open 00:05am...................................  15 July 2013
  • Applications close 11:55pm..................................   12 August 2013
  • Offers made............................................................  October 2013
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates...........   mid October 2013
  • TPPP positions anticipated to start between.........  January 2014 to July 2014
How to Apply
When it's time to apply, you will need access to the following documents and will need to upload some of them with your application:

  • A current resume/curriculum vitae - (to be uploaded with your application) Please ensure you list the dates and location of all Clinical Placements undertaken as a nursing student -
  • Evidence of your most recent Grade Point Average (GPA) - (evidence to be uploaded needs to include University name and logo, Student Name and details, academic results and GPA)
  • Where you have changed your name you will need to upload satisfactory evidence eg marriage certificate, divorce certificate, change of name by deed poll etc
  • Your two most recent and FULL clinical placement reports - this means every page of the report - (to be uploaded with your application)
  • If you are an Enrolled Nurse/post graduate nursing student and have not yet completed two clinical placements as a student nurse - a recent clinical appraisal/review will be required as well as one FULL clinical placement report - (to be uploaded with your application)
  • If you have been employed as a Registered Nurse for more than 3 months, you are required to upload a statement of service from each employer with details of actual hours worked (to ensure candidates are eligible for the program)
  • Visa/passport details (if you are not a permanent Australian resident)

The online application form will guide you through the process and advise how and what documents to be uploaded.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

Online enquiries

Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us.

If we haven't answered your question please submit it to email and ensure that TPPP Registered Nurse Query is placed in the subject line.

Applications for the 2014 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

Thanks for your interest in SA Health. 
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