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2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Nurses

Second round offers for the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 18 October 2018.

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 becomes available if it matches your ranking and location preferences.

SA Health has notified all candidates of the outcome of the 2019 TPPP for Registered Nurse applications via email on Thursday 4 October 2018.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Thursday 11 October 2018 to accept or decline the offer.

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in late October 2018 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

About Country Health SA
Country Health SA (CHSA) incorporates 64 large and small health services including four regional general hospitals.

The CHSA Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) provides new graduates with:

  • Support and guidance in their first year of practice as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • 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
In addition to the Registered Nurse TPPP CHSA is pleased to offer the combined Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse transition program. There is information about which sites will offer this TPPP that supports graduates new to both professions below.

About the RN TPPP in Country Health SA
The health services in CHSA vary in size and function and offer a broad and challenging range of opportunities in the RN TPPP. These opportunities enable development of the skills required for a 'rural generalist' RN.  This may include surgical, medical, maternity, aged care, theatre, accident and emergency and outpatient services. 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 aims to support the newly qualified Registered Nurses to consolidate and develop skills and knowledge reflected in high quality nursing practice.

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 although there may be some programs which commence later
  • 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
Combined Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife TPPP
If you are also a new Registered Midwife and interested in a combined Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife TPPP CHSA is pleased to offer this program. The combined program gives graduates new to both the nursing and midwifery professions support as they start their careers. A separate application for the combined RN/RM TPPP can be submitted via the Registered Midwife TPPP application portal which will be available mid July 2018.
For more information about the combined program contact:
Carol Salmon
Nurse & Midwife Education Facilitator

Comments from 2018 CHSA TPPP participants
  • "I have felt so supported in my learning"
  • "Going out into a small regional country hospital has helped to build by skills, knowledge and confidence"
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 a Country Health SA information session:
  • Room 4, Glenside Campus, 226 Fullarton Road
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018:  11:00am - 12:30pm
The links below provide information about 2019 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.

Please check the SA Health TPPP updates section for news of any change as to where TPPP positions are offered across CHSA.

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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