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Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)

2016 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Applications for 2016 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health anticipates advising all candidates of the outcome of their application in mid October 2015.

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSA) offers up to 100 Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse TPPP positions in health units across rural, regional and remote areas of country South Australia.

The CHSA Registered Nurse TPPP provides participants with:

  • Support and guidance in their first year of practice as a Registered Nurse.
  • Experience working in a country setting that assists participants to become resourceful, flexible and adaptable - a great start and solid foundation for your nursing career.
If you are both a new Registered Nurse and Midwife you may also be eligible to apply for the CHSA combined Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife TPPP. This program gives graduates new to both the nursing and midwifery professions support as they start their career. If interested in the combined TPPP there is more information on the SA Health 2016 TPPP for Registered Midwives webpage.

About Country Health SA Local Health Network
Six rural regions across South Australia make CHSA the largest of South Australia's Local Health Networks. Our network incorporates 64 large and small health services including four regional general hospitals. We are transforming health care and deliver health benefits so that rural and remote South Australians live healthy lives.

TPPP in Country Health SA Local Health Network?
The CHSA transition program is evidence-based, developed by CHSA nurses and midwives and informed by the practical experience of our rural and regional workforce.

The CHSA TPPP program is about consolidation and learning as a professional, being accountable for your actions and practice and being part of a health team whose care is patient centred.

The CHSA Registered Nurse TPPP is offered in both large and small hospitals, in all six rural regions of country South Australia. Our program is structured to ensure the key elements of the country TPPP is provided by all CHSA health services to all participants. The CHSA TPPP incorporates practice support, program orientation, clinical time allocated to enhance learning, four professional development/study days and an online learning platform.

CHSA recognises that differences in location, size/ type of health unit and the diversity of rural and regional nursing will make each registered nurse experience in their first year unique. We encourage potential participants to find out about what experiences the country site they are interested in can offer, and also consider what they can offer the site.

The health unit contact person will be able to answer questions about the TPPP at their site including information about:

  • Starting dates - most programs commence between January and March
  • Whether the position is full-time or part-time
  • What experiences that particular site can offer and whether clinical rotations are available
  • Whether the program includes rotations to more than one health unit
  • The TPPP with a speciality focus e.g. perioperative, aged care
  • The local community, transport, accommodation and the local area
We encourage applicants interested in a TPPP position in a CHSA location to attend the CHSA information session on July 22nd. Information sessions by Videoconference will also be held for applicants who live in country locations. Dates, locations and times to be advised.

If you are located in the country and are interested in attending a video conference information session please email

Comments from past CHSALHN TPPP participants
  • "When I look back over the year it is amazing to reflect on how much I have learnt"
  • "Really happy with doing my TPPP in a country hospital - it's given me an excellent grounding as a nurse"
Why apply for a position in Country Health SA?
Undertaking a TPPP in a rural or regional area provides opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skill base. Apart from the many and varied opportunities rural and remote nursing offers there are some other additional benefits of working in country including:

  • Payment of a Rural and Remote Service Incentive Payment (Zone allowance). The zone allowance varies between locations and is in addition to the base salary.
  • Rural nurses and midwives are valued members of the community
Nursing in CHSA provides both challenging and rewarding times that we hope will mark the beginning of a successful nursing career.

Where to get more information?
The links below provide information about 2016 TPPP positions in each of the six Country Health SA regions.

CHSA is continually working to increase opportunities for TPPP RNs.

Please check the SA Health TPPP updates section for news, changes and video conference information times and locations.

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Rural Region
Eyre, Flinders & Far North (East) Region
Eyre, Flinders & Far North (West) Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Rural Region
South East Rural Region
Yorke & Northern Rural Region
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

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 via email to in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED NURSE QUERY

Applications for 2016 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health anticipates advising all candidates of the outcome of their application in mid October 2015.

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