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Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)

2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) Registered Nurses

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) comprises of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) but also includes several other sites hosting statewide services. These include mental health at Glenside campus, the transitional care unit at St Margaret's Hospital, the rehabilitation site of Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and several renal dialysis units across the wider metropolitan area.

Along with the ongoing peri-operative 12 month continuum programs at both sites, RAH CALHN 2017 TPPP is also offering exclusive rotations in SA Prison Health Service at Yatala Labour Prison and the Adelaide Remand Centre along with rotations in the Drug and Alcohol Services SA Withdrawal Service.

With a Local Health Network approach to the service, program participants may therefore be required to undertake placements at any of these sites. Candidates are encouraged to indicate their particular interest in specialty rotations in the free text box when applying.

What does TPPP look like at Central Adelaide Local Health Network?
CALHN offers the most positions in South Australia, giving you, the recently graduated Registered Nurse, the opportunity to join the Transition to Professional Practice Program where you will consolidate your theoretical knowledge and expand your clinical skills within a wide variety of potential clinical settings.

The program is conducted over a 12 month period (comprising clinical placements and annual leave) and you will receive the following support:

  • Comprehensive Hospital and Unit orientation
  • Clinical supernumerary days
  • Dedicated TPPP Coordinator and education support team
  • Five Professional Development Days
  • Preceptorship/Peer Support
  • Minimum of 2 Clinical Rotations
  • Opportunity for full-time or to negotiate part-time positions (minimum 0.8 FTE)
  • Salaries paid in accordance with the Nurses (SA Public Sector) Award 2002 and Nurses/Midwives (SA Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2013
In 2017, the Central Adelaide Local Health Network has programs commencing in:

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • January, February, March and April 2017
Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • January, February, March, May and July 2017
Clinical Placements within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network are potentially available in the following Directorates and Services:

  • Cancer Directorate
  • Critical Care Directorate
  • Medical Directorate
  • Mental Health Directorate
  • Renal Directorate
  • Surgical Directorate
  • SA Prison Health Services (SAPHSA)
  • Drug and Alcohol Services (DASSA)
Within the Surgical Directorate, CALHN is offeringa dedicated 12 month peri-operative continuum program at both RAH and TQEH forthose interested in the operating room service. Interested candidates areencouraged to highlight their interest when completing their application.Commencement dates are fixed.  

CALHN is also offering exclusive 6 month rotationswithin SA Prison Health Service and Drug and Alcohol Service SA. Candidateswith a particular interest in either of these specialty services will need toselect RAH CALHN and clearly highlight their interest in either of theseservices in the free text boxes. Commencement dates for these opportunities arealso fixed.

SA Prison Health Service delivers a range ofprimary, secondary and access to tertiary health care services to people inprison or on remand services in the seven state managed prisons within thecorrectional facilities that are governed by Department for CorrectionalServices. Health care services are provided within a predominantly primary caremodel which focuses on the provision of quality, contemporary and equitablehealth care across the spectrum of health needs.

Drug and Alcohol Services SouthAustralia (DASSA) inpatient withdrawal services assist people with heavydependence on alcohol and/or other drugs (including prescription drugs) who arelikely to experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using. The RegisteredNurse is responsible for the assessment and delivery of comprehensive nursingcare and the individual case management of clients living with drug and alcoholproblems, and their families/carers.

For more information, download CALHN Clinical Placement Directorates

Why apply for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network?
CALHN are able to offer you the opportunity to participate in the program at either site, expanding the possibilities to provide you with a greater variety of clinical settings. Some selected speciality services are only available when selecting RAH CALHN.

The Central Adelaide Local Health Network is recognised as a high quality healthcare service, known for its excellence in research and education.
Core to the Central Adelaide Local Health Network service will be South Australia's state-of-the-art quaternary adult hospital, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) along with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and supported by a range of statewide mental health, primary health care and rehabilitation services. With expanded opportunities in Services such as SAPHS and DASSA, CALHN provides a most diverse clinical nursing experience for the recently graduated Registered Nurse.

Our Mission:

  • To deliver outstanding compassionate care, education and research, and be loved locally and renowned globally.
Our Motto:
  • Quality is Central
  • Patients are Central
  • Improvement is Central
  • We are Central
For more informaton about Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Information sessions

Come and meet the Cental Adelaide Local Health Network TPPP Teams at:

Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Robson Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Eleanor Harrald Building
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016:   10:00am - 11:00 am
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016:   4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Room 2, Clinical Education Centre, 5th Floor, Main Building
  • Tuesday 18 June 2016:   4:00pm - 5:00pm

For more information about the CALHN RAH or TQEH sites click on thefollowing links:

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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