EOI: new nurse orientation to general practice course

EOI: new nurse orientation to general practice course

07 August, 2019

General practice is the cornerstone of an individual’s healthcare team. The Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) catchment has 392 practices, of which 70% employ one or more nurses.  

General practice nursing is unlike other areas of nursing practice. The online Orientation to General Practice for Practice Nurses program delivered by Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), is the perfect way to build on your expertise and ensure you are well positioned to address the emerging healthcare challenges. 

You may be new to general practice or want learn new skills to complement your daily practice. 

Aim of the program  

To enhance current capacity and support capability building within the primary care nursing workforce. 

Mandatory program prerequisites 

  • Registered with AHPRA 

  • Working a minimum of 12 hours in a  general practice in the EMPHN catchment 

  • New or have transitioned to general practice in the last two years and/or solo position or limited opportunity to network with other experienced practice nurses 

  • Basic computer skills for accessing the online training modules and webinars 

  • Access to a current browser (e.g. most recent version of Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 and above, Firefox or Edge)  

Program components 

Online program to be completed by April 2020. Orientation topics include: 

  • The Australian health care system and primary health care 

  • Clinical assessment 

  • Information management and digital health 

  • Wound management 

  • Immunisation 

  • Quality and safety - accreditation, infection prevention and control, 

  • Professional practice and professional development  

  • Chronic disease management in primary healthcare 

  • Communication in primary healthcare 

  • Facilitating behaviour change 

  • Health assessments 

  • Understanding quality improvement in primary healthcare and the use of practice data 

Additional evening webinar for 1.5 hours in May 2020 and August 2020. Topic to be determined by the needs of the participants. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. 

Telephone support during business hours from a registered nurse throughout the 12 month program. 

12 month orientation program and webinar training dates 

  • Online education program commences 23 October 2019 – completing on 1 April 2020 

  • 1.5 hour webinar in May 2020 (date to be confirmed) 

  • 1.5 hour webinar in August 2020 (date to be confirmed) 

Nurse support  

An APNA registered nurse can be contacted during business hours throughout the program.  

How do I apply for participation in this program? 

Apply for the program.

EOI opens: 12 August 2019 

Applications close: 9am on 9 September 2019 


Stephanie Lenko 

T: (03) 9046 1214 or 0400 311 600 
E: stephanie.lenko@emphn.org.au