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Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)

2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Applications for the 2018 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

The Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSA) Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) provides new graduates 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 Registered 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 you are interested in the combined TPPP there will be more information on the SA Health 2018 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.

Our Vision:
  • Is to be the best rural health service
TPPP in Country Health SA Local Health Network?
The CHSA Registered Nurse TPPP is offered in both large and small hospitals, in all six rural regions of country South Australia. The CHSA TPPP incorporates practice support, clinical time allocated to enhance learning supported by an online learning platform and a minimum of four professional development/study days.

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 transition program is evidence-based, developed by CHSA nurses and midwives and informed by the practical experience of our rural and regional workforce.

Differences in location, size/ type of health unit 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
Comments from past CHSA 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. Click here to view our Nursing and Midwifery video which showcases our mission, vision and values and the services we provide to ensure we are the best rural health service.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for TPPP positions in Country Health SA.

Nursing in Country Health SA provides both challenging and rewarding times that we hope will mark the beginning of a successful nursing career.

Where to get more information?
We encourage applicants interested in a TPPP position in a country location to attend either of the following CHSA information sessions:

  • Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh, Room 6.14
  • Wednesday 28 June 2017:  9:30am - 10:30am OR 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sessions will also be scheduled in some country locations. Times and locations will be posted in the TPPP updates section.

The links below provide information about 2018 TPPP positions in each of the six Country Health SA regions:

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Region
Eyre & Far North Region
Flinders & Upper North Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Region
South East Region
Yorke & Northern Region
We are continually working to increase opportunities for TPPP positions in the health services across Country Health SA. Further information about Country Health SA Local Health Network

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 the 2018 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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