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Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)

2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

On Wednesday 5 October 2016 emails were sent to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2017 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.

Candidates who were made a provisional offer had until 12 October 2016 to accept or decline the offer.
Second round offers were made on Thursday 20 October 2016. SA Health has now completed the first and second round offers.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. As the take up rate for the TPPP offers has been very high SA Health anticipates there will be limited opportunities to make further offers. From this point forward SA Health will only make offers where a candidate withdraws or does not meet the provisional employment conditions.

Candidates interested in other employment opportunities with SA Health are encouraged to monitor the
SA Health careers website

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network provides care for around 350,000 people living in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide as well as providing a number of state-wide services, and services to those in regional areas. More than 7,500 skilled staff provide high quality patient care, education, research and health promoting services. Having built strong relationships with the community, our volunteer services are respected worldwide. The SALHN culture is inclusive and nurtures progressive attitudes and staff excellence.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network provides a range of acute and sub-acute health services for people of all ages, and has three hospitals, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), Noarlunga Hospital (NH) and the Repatriation General Hospital

Flinders Medical Centre is a 566 bed public teaching hospital co-located with the Flinders University School of Medicine where we enjoy a close relationship where research, professional development and opportunity are supported and valued. At FMC we are proud to offer staff on-site childcare facilities and extensive health and wellbeing programs. Noarlunga Hospital is an 82 bed public hospital co-located with a range of community and primary health care services.

Flinders Medical Centre will offer approximately 88 transition RN positions in 2017 with six intakes scheduled from January to April 2017. Three of these places will be located at Noarlunga Hospital for 6 months. Our program offers 12 months of dedicated clinical support and development for transition Registered Nurses during the transition from student to Registered Nurse in an acute care setting at both Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital.

We aim to provide a supportive and guided learning experience which includes clinical orientation, professional development days, PEER Support and clinical support from three dedicated TPPP Associate Clinical Service Corordinators during rotations.

Our services include
  • emergency and trauma care
  • peri-operative, intensive and critical care
  • paediatrics
  • neonatology
  • medical and surgical specialities
Program Support
The program employs a dedicated Nurse Education Facilitator and three dedicated Associate Clinical Services Coordinators who provide teaching, guidance and support to help transition RN's achieve their professional development goals and successful transition.

Snapshot of what you can expect to learn
  • development in clinical competence and confidence
  • skills to provide safe nursing care in a supportive environment
  • progressive clinical assessment skills appropriate to an advanced beginner Registered Nurse
  • development of time management strategies and decision making skills
  • reflective practice skills and problem solving approaches
  • application of the principles of evidence based care
Working at Flinders Medical Centre / Noarlunga Hospital
  • Transition RN's are employed on a 12 month temporary contract. Successful completion of the program includes fulfilment of the 12 month contract, attendance at all classroom study days and successful achievement of assessment items
  • Contracts are available at a minium 0.84 FTE / 8 days a fortnight
  • Salaries are paid in accordance with the Nurses (SA Public Sector) Award 2002 and Nurses/Midwives (SA Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2013
  • Annual leave will be accrued according to actual hours worked and is pre-programmed
  • Requests for special leave may be negotiated with the relevant roster managers but cannot be guaranteed
  • Hours of duty follow a 4 week roster over 7 days and includes morning, afternoon and night shifts
Placement options
Registered Nurses will have the opportunity for two clinical placements (6 month duration in each) in the following:

  • Medical: Respiratory, Cardiac, Renal, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Acute Stroke Rehabilitation and Aged Care
  • Surgical: Orthopaedic, Plastic, Gastrointestinal, Oncology, Neurology, Vascular, Haematology, High Dependency, and Short Stay Surgery
  • Specialties: Intensive and Critical Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency, Endoscopy, Neonatal, Paediatric and Peri-operative care
  • Noarlunga Hospital (NH) placements: OTS and Emergency
NB: due to the limited number of specialty placements only one specialty rotation per participant may be available

Optional pathways within TPPP
  • FMC pathway:  2 clinical placements at FMC
  • FMC peri-operative pathway: 12 month clinical placement in OTS at FMC (only 2 positions available)
  • NH peri-operative pathway: 12 month clinical placement in OTS at NH (only 1 position available)
  • FMC/NH pathway: clinical placement at both NH and FMC (only 2 positions available per clinical placement)
Starting dates
Flinders Medical Centre
  • 7 January 2017, 14 January and 28 January 2017    
  • 11 February 2017    
  • 11 March 2017                         
  • 1 April 2017                                               
Flinders Medical Centre / Noarlunga Hospital
Applicants wishing to rotate into Noarlunga Hospital will be required to start:
  • 14 January 2017
Information sessions
Come and meet the Flinders Medical Centre TPPP Team:

Flinders Medical Centre
  • Level 5, Lecture Theatre 2
  • Tuesday 5 July 2016:  6:00pm - 7.30 pm
For more specific information about Flinders Medical Centre

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

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