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Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)

Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses, 2015

In 2015 Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) will offer up to 100 Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and combined Registered Midwife/Nurse TPPP positions in all 5 rural regions of country South Australia.

Applications for 2015 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health has sent an email to all applicants of the TPPP for Registered Nurses 2015 advising them of the outcome of their application on Thursday 2 October 2014.

If you are also a new Registered Midwife you may be eligible to apply for the combined Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife TPP.

This TPPP will be offered by CHSALHN for the first time in 2015 and aims to give graduates new to both the nursing and midwifery professions support as they start their career. See the midwifery TPPP web tile for more information.

The South Australian country wide TPPP provides graduates with:

  • Support and guidance to the Registered Nurse in their first year of practice
  • Targeted learning time to assist competency development that will provide a strong foundation for your nursing career
  • Experience working in a country setting that assists participants to become resourceful, flexible and adaptable to any environment - a great start and solid foundation for your nursing career
About Country Health SA Local Health Network
Our network incorporates 65 hospitals including four regional general hospitals and 240 health services sites. CHSALHN is the largest of South Australia's Local Health Networks.

Undertaking a TPPP in a rural or regional area provides opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skill base.

TPPP in Country Health SA Local Health Network?
CHSALHN TPPP programs are 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.

We are proud to provide an evidence-based program developed by CHSALHN nurses and midwives and informed by research literature, practical experience and the expertise of our rural and regional workforce.

We encourage you to refer to the site information and then contact the health unit you are interested in working in to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you apply for a CHSALHN position.

The contact person can answer questions about:

  • Starting dates - most programs commence at the beginning of the year
  • Whether the position is full-time or part-time
  • What clinical rotations are available and what are the main services provided in that location
  • Whether the program includes rotations to more than one health unit
  • Whether TPPP with a specialty focus is available (Peri-Operative or Aged Care focused programs are offered in the South East)
  • The local community, transport (whether you need a drivers licence and your own transport), accommodation and the local area
The diversity of rural and regional nursing and of our health workforce means that each Registered Nurse experience in their first year will be unique. Nursing in CHSALHN provides both challenging and rewarding times that we hope will mark the beginning of a successful nursing career.

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?
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
Where to get more information?
The links below provide information about TPPP positions in Country Health SA for 2015.

We are continually working to increase opportunities for TPPP Registered Nurses.

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Rural Region
Eyre, Flinders & Far North Rural Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Rural Region
South East Rural Region
Yorke & Northern Rural Region
Information Sessions
For more information about a Registered Nurse TPPP in Country Health SA you are invited to attend an information session:

  • Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details)
  • Monday 28 July 2014:         9:30am - 10:30am
  • Monday 28 July 2014:       12:00pm - 1:00pm
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 and in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED NURSE QUERY.

Applications for 2015 TPPP for Registered Nurses are now closed.

SA Health has sent an email to all applicants of the TPPP for Registered Nurses 2015 advising them of the outcome of their application on Thursday 2 October 2014.

For more information about Country Health SA Health click here

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