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Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)

2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) 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 Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) comprises
Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) and Noarlunga Hospital (NH), GP Plus Health Care Centres and Super Clinics and sub-acute and mental health services. 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 statewide 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.

The SALHN will offer a Transition Program for RNs with six intakes scheduled from January to April 2019. 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 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 and paid according to actual hours worked and is pre-programmed
  • 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, Rehabilitation and Behaviours of Concern
  • 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, Dialysis, Medical Imaging and Palliative Care
NB: due to the limited number of specialty placements only one specialty rotation per participant may be available

Optional pathways within SALHN TPPP
  • FMC pathway:  2 clinical placements at FMC
  • FMC peri-operative pathway: 12 month clinical placement in Operating Theatres
  • FMC/NHS pathway: clinical placement at both NHS and FMC
Starting dates: Flinders Medical Centre
  •  7 January, 14 January and 28 January 2019
  • 11 February 2019
  • 12 March 2019                         
  • 1 April 2019                                               
Information sessions
Come and meet the Flinders Medical Centre TPPP Team at:
  • Flinders Medical Centre, Level 7, Room 7E120
  • Wednesday 4 July 2018:  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 SALHN TPPP please email

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