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Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)

2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

Second round offers for 2018 TPPP Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 19 October 2017.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. However, offers may be made where a vacancy becomes available. For example, where a candidate declines or does not meet the pre-employment requirements.  

Please note that all applications that have been assessed as suitable and have not been made an offer, will remain active.

SA Health may contact you directly should a position become available if it matches your ranking and location preferences.

On Wednesday 4 October 2017 SA Health sent emails to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2018 TPPP for Registered Nurses application.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017 to accept or decline the offer.  

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in late October 2017 to fill any positions that have been declined. Once this is completed 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 register for Job Alerts

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) comprises Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) and Noarlunga Hospital (NH). The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network provides care for aroud 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.

Flinders Medical Centre is a 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 co-located with a range of acute, community and primary health care services.

The SALHN will offer Transition Program for RNs with six intakes scheduled from January to April 2018. 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 a team of dedicated TPPP Clinical Nurses during rotations.

Our services include
  • emergency and trauma care
  • peri-operative, intensive and critical care
  • paediatrics
  • neonatology
  • rehabilitation
  • medical and surgical specialties
Program Support
The program employs a dedicated Nurse Educator and a team of dedicated Clinical Nurses 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 Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • 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 minimum 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 2016
  • Annual leave will be accrued according to actual hours worked and is pre-programmed
  • Requests for special leave may be negotiated with the relevant Nurse Unit 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
Transition Registered Nurses can nominate preferences for their two clinical placements (approximately 6 month duration in each):

  • Medical: Respiratory, Cardiac, Renal, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Stroke, Rehabilitation, Geriatric Evaluation and Management 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 Operating Theatres, Medical Imaging and Palliative Care
  • Noarlunga Hospital (NH) placements: Operating Theatres 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 Operating Theatres
  • FMC Medical Imaging pathway: 12 month clinical placement in Medical Imaging
  • FMC/NH pathway: clinical placement at both FMC and NH
Starting dates: Flinders Medical Centre
  •  8 January, 15 January and 29 January 2018
  • 12 February 2018
  • 12 March 2018                         
  • 2 April 2018                                               
Starting dates: Flinders Medical Centre / Noarlunga Hospital
Applicants wishing to rotate into Noarlunga Hospital will be required to start:
  • 15 January 2018
Information sessions
Come and meet the Flinders Medical Centre TPPP Team:
  • Flinders Medical Centre, Level 5, Lecture Theatre 3
  • Wednesday 5 July 2017:  6:00pm - 7.30pm
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

For more specific information about Flinders Medical Centre or Noarlung Health Service please email

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