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External Professional Education Events

External Professional Education Events

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak some face-to-face events have been postponed and removed from this page. The following External Professional Education Events are being conducted online.

Lyn Gardner Scholarship: Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing

In recognition of the commitment and lifetime service of Lyn Gardner, The Centre for Alcohol and Other Drugs is awarding scholarships for fifteen registered nurses and midwives to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing through the Australian College of Nursing in 2022.

Scholarships are to be awarded in recognition of Lyn’s career and the significant impact she has made on the delivery of alcohol and drug services and working with people experiencing harm from alcohol and other drug use. As a consummate professional Lyn always placed the person experiencing harm at the centre of care and service delivery. She shared her knowledge and expertise which has built and delivered new innovative service models in NSW, as the sector has evolved. At the forefront of service delivery, she has always been a strong advocate for all people in rural and regional communities.

A summary of learning outcomes is here for your reference – further information can be gained from the Australian College of Nursing website: https://www.acn.edu.au.

Priority will be given to nurses and midwives working in AoD NGO’s, Rural, Regional and Justice Health services in NSW. This does not preclude any applications as an eligibility list will be applied if there is not sufficient interest.

To apply please forward a copy of your CV and an Expression of Interest outlining
• why you want to complete these studies and your capacity to commence in January 2022
• how you will integrate knowledge gained into your practice and
• the benefit of completing these studies in your delivery of care to people experiencing harm from alcohol and other drug use

For further information and to submit applications email Tonina Harvey: tonina.harvey@health.nsw.gov.au
Please send all applications to: MOH-CAOD@health.nsw.gov.au by COB on the due date.

Closing Date Monday 20th September 2021
Successful Applicants with be notified on Monday 4th October 2021
Course of Study commences January 2022

Click here for flyer.

Chronic Disease Management and Care Planning Education for CVC Program Nurses

APNA is working in conjunction with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to provide practice nurses, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers and community nurses (RN or EN who is employed by a DVA contracted Community Nursing provider to provide community nursing services) with free education to help them deliver the best possible care to their patients enrolled in the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program.

Practice or community nurses and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers who have patients enrolled in the CVC Program can now access the fully-funded education specifically on chronic disease management and care planning.

The education comprises of two online learning modules:

  • Chronic disease management (2hrs) – Providing an understanding of chronic disease management in Australia and how nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers can play a vital role.
  • Care planning (3hrs) – A sequential ‘how to’ series for nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers on how a comprehensive chronic disease management health care plan may be conducted within the primary health care setting.

Practice nurses are the leaders of chronic disease management in primary care. By growing their understanding and scope of practice in the primary care space, these courses help them best support veterans’ self-management, goals of care and coordinate an effective team approach.

Enrolees can do these interactive modules at their own pace online with certificates of completion provided and optional reflection templates for their continuing professional development records. Use the link below to apply.

Please note: Because the high number of applications, you will be contacted with the outcome of your application with 2 – 4 weeks.

Link:   https://www.apna.asn.au/profession/chronic-disease-management-and-care-planning-education-for-cvc-program-nurses

Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program

In preparation for Australia’s vaccine rollout, authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers must complete COVID-19 vaccination training. This will ensure our workforce is competent in the safe management and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Australian Government has partnered with the Australian College of Nursing to develop and deliver free and accredited training modules.

The training is available for all authorised COVID-19 vaccination providers. This will include:

  • health professionals in hospitals
  • general practices,
  • state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • pharmacies.

The training is also available for non-clinical and administration staff. They can access the non-clinical modules of the training such as handling, storage and administration.


Click here to find out more.

Management of Sports Trauma (MOST) Course

Management of Sports Trauma (MOST) Course

The MOST Course combines current theory and a practical approach to equip medical professionals with the core skills needed to manage traumatic sporting injuries, on and off the field. Highly practical and interactive, this comprehensive two-day course addresses common emergencies that might confront a healthcare or medical professional, covers the rationale behind treatment choices and the adaption of medical management at sporting events and out in the field.

MOST Course is CPD approved by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

MOST Course is being run four times in cities around Australia:

  • Sydney: 12-13 June
  • Brisbane: 24-25 July
  • Perth: 28-29 August
  • Adelaide: 29-30 November

More information and registrations can be found via this link: https://semacademy.org/pages/most-course

Diabesity Masterclass 2021

Every Monday night for 12 weeks (Aug 2 to Oct 25), you can hear and learn from a prestigious faculty of more than 45 health professionals in the fields of diabetes and obesity from across the state.

The Masterclass 2021 is for general practitioners, practice and community nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists, podiatrists and diabetes educators.

Webcasts via Zoom over 12 weeks.

Register now for this free event at http://rego.interact.technology/diabesitymasterclass2021.

Click here for the full program.

Complex Palliative Care in Aged Care + Panel Discussion 

The Quality of End of Life Care in Residential Aged Care Homes project is very pleased to invite you to our next tele-education session. 

Topic: Complex Palliative Care in Aged Care + Panel Discussion 

Dr Robyn Keall is a Nurse Practitioner in palliative care and works in the HammondCare Community Palliative Care Team in the North Sydney Local Health District.

Robyn will share her insights and expertise on the management of complex symptoms in the context of caring for residents at risk of a ‘palliative care emergency’. 

A panel discussion on this topic will be held following the presentation.

Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Tele-Education

To join this valuable education session please register HERE

If you have any questions about this event please contact Jon SanMartin via email QualityEOLC@hammond.com.au or phone 0450 801 214.

Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Wed 22 September 2021, 7.30pm AEST

Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Join Kidney Health Australia with nephrologist, A/Prof Shilpa Jesudason, as she discusses the key elements of the ‘Make the Link:  CKD, Diabetes and CVD’ evidence report.

Register here:  Webinars | Kidney Health Australia

Please note the time differences across states and territories:

  • 7.30pm AEST (Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 7pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin, Alice Springs)
  • 5.30pm AWST (Perth)

Detection of cognitive impairment and dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending primary care

September 22nd – Zoom – 6pm, AEST


Let’s CHAT Dementia Webinar Series – Webinar 2 (of 6)

Join Adjunct Professor Mark Wenitong and Adjunct Professor Edward Strivens as they discuss the clinical and cultural best practice principles of detection and diagnosis of cognitive impairment and dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending primary care. Follow the story of Aunty Molly and her son Frank as she presents with memory and thinking problems and learn about ways to support them.

  • Describe best practice clinical and cultural aspects of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the detection of cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Learn about the definition of cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Understand the value of detecting cognitive impairment or dementia in a timely manner
  • Identify strategies that support detection of cognitive impairment or dementia

Register: https://uow-au.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2iT9jHZ8TLq6MqDdVPPMCQ

Pressure rising: clinical controversies and updates in hypertension

This World Heart Day, the Heart Foundation is partnering with the World Heart Federation and the High Blood Pressure Council of Australia to bring to you another health professional webinar. Along with Prof Garry Jennings, Chief Medical Advisor and Interim CEO of the Heart Foundation, our global expert panel will explore the latest clinical controversies in blood pressure management, including targets, resistant hypertension, and new digital technology for blood pressure monitoring.

General practitioner CPD accreditation will be applied for this educational activity.


When and where: World Heart Day, 29th September, 8PM AEST – Live and recorded, free Zoom webinar


  • Prof. Rhian Touyz (International speaker)

Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada

  • Prof. Markus Schlaich

Dobney Chair in Clinical Research at The University of Western Australia and President of High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

  • Prof. James Sharman

Deputy Director and Head of the Blood Pressure Research Group at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

  • Prof. Nick Zwar

GP and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University

  • Prof. Garry Jennings (Chair)

Chief Medical Advisor and Interim CEO of the Heart Foundation

Register: https://heartfoundation-au.zoom.us/webinar/register/4016294312300/WN_m8-FHAYCQ9qhCJ4wckDo7g

Pressue rising – Clinical controversies’ and updates in hypertension

Date: Wednesday 29th September

Time: 8pm-9pm

Join our World Heart Day webinar for the latest evidence and advances on the horizon for managing hypertension, the risk factor responsible for the largest CVD burden.



Controversies in BP targets and implications for practice post SPRINT trial

Latest advice for the diagnosis and management of resistant hypertension

Latest advice on out-of-office blood pressure monitoring

Digital health tools on the horizon for CVD prevention and monitoring

Applying new evidence to clinical practice to promote structured CVD prevention strategies


Click here to register.

Webinar – The Health Effects of Climate Change

Date: Thursday 30 September

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm AEST

Cost: Free

This event attracts 2 CPD points

Register Here


Climate change is a major health threat, indeed it has been described as the greatest threat to human health for this century. This activity introduces general practitioners to the health effects of climate change. It outlines how anthropogenic global warming is changing our climate and how this change then affects human health. The webinar will look at opportunities for GPs to adapt and mitigate the climate crisis, focusing on what can be done regarding patients, practices, communities, and for themselves.


Learning outcomes

  1. Describe how burning fossil fuels causes global warming
  2. Identify three common health impacts of climate change
  3. Describe which groups are at the greatest risk of heat related illness
  4. Describe which groups are at the greatest risk of smoke inhalation from bushfires
  5. Identify the mental health impacts of climate change

Presented by: Dr Kate Wylie, RACGP Specific Interests Climate and Environmental Medicine

ONLINE SPECTRUM CONFERENCE Complexities in Personality Disorder: A Mentalization–Based Treatment (MBT) Approach

Hear from leading international expert Prof Anthony Bateman, who with Peter Fonagy, developed Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder (BPD). MBT is an empirically-supported treatment for people with borderline personality disorder. It offers positive outcomes for people with complex and multifaceted presentations and a high degree of comorbidity.


Date: Friday 1st of October

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Fully Online Event

Price: $200


Ticket sales end: 29th of October


Link to register:  Complexities in Personality Disorder: A MBT Approach- ONLINE ONLY Registration, Fri 01/10/2021 at 9:00 am | Eventbrite




Medications and Chronic Kidney Disease

Wed 20 October 2021, 7.30pm AEST

Medications and Chronic Kidney Disease

Join Kidney Health Australia with General Practice Pharmacist, Tim Perry, as he discusses medication considerations, GFR calculators and equations, and sick day management.

Register here:  Webinars | Kidney Health Australia

Note time zone differences across the states and territories during day light savings:

  • 7.30pm NSW, ACT, Tas, Vic
  • 7pm SA
  • 6pm NT
  • 6.30pm Qld
  • 4.30pm WA