Transition to specialty practice programs

We provide programs for registered nurses to develop knowledge and skills in specialty clinical areas

Transition to specialty practice (TSP) programs are offered in selected areas in Austin Health for registered nurses. The programs are designed to help you:

  • develop clinical knowledge
  • enhance skills and assessment
  • progress clinical decision making.

The programs offer the opportunity to enhance your ability to deliver excellence in patient care within a specialty clinical area and allows potential for career progression, a pathway to postgraduate studies and professional development.

The programs include a mix of online learning and face to face education, creating an academic bridge between undergraduate and post graduate study. Clinical hurdles and assessment tasks are also part of the programs and allow participants to demonstrate holistic person-centred care.

Clinical areas

In 2023  we have programs in the following clinical areas:

  • Cardiac
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Perioperative Services
  • Spinal
  • Respiratory Nursing


To apply for transition to specialty practice programs, you will need:

  • to be a Registered Nurse with a minimum of 12 months acute clinical experience
  • registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

Applications from 2022 Graduate Nurse Program participants are welcomed.

Webinar about the 2023 programs

There will be a webinar to provide a brief overview of the transition to specialty practice programs being offered in 2023.

This will give you the opportunity to learn further information about each transition to specialty program and ask the nursing education team from each specialty area about their program.

Date: Wednesday 31st August, 2022

Time: 2:15 to 2:45pm

The session will be held via Microsoft Teams and bookings are required.