Online Learning Opportunities
ACP Learning - new modules for primary care, implementation and dementia
ACP Learning has new online learning modules to assist health professionals and care workers to support advance care planning in a variety of settings. The latest modules address advance care planning implementation, best practice in a primary care setting, and advance care planning for people with dementia.
See the full list of learning modules below.
- Advance care planning – an introduction
- Advance care planning conversations
- Advance care planning decision-making – the legal implications
- Advance care planning implementation
- Advance care planning in the primary care setting
- Advance care planning and dementia
National cervical screening program - Online learning modules
Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world, largely as a result of the success of the National Cervical Screening Program over the last 25 years.
The program is changing based on the latest available evidence on the development and prevention of cervical cancer.
A new cervical screening pathway will be introduced when the renewal is implemented. At this time:
- A Cervical Screening Test will replace the Pap Test.
- The screening age will change to 25-74 and the interval between routine tests to 5 years.
- Women will be reminded to have their first Cervical Screening Test two years from their last Pap Test.
- The test looks for the presence of HPV and, if found, a reflex liquid based cytology (LBC) test is performed on the same sample to check for abnormal cervical cells.
- Introduction of self-collected option for eligible women aged 30 years and over.
The objectives of the modules are to provide online training for healthcare providers who conduct cervical screening tests and follow-up management for women, in accordance with the recommended changes to practice and the clinical pathway.
Indigenous Bowel Screen – Online training
Aboriginal Health Workers online training – to help talk to patients about the importance of bowel screening.
This series of modules covers the basics of bowel cancer, screening and management and takes approximately 45 mins.
The training is one component in a broader initiative to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 to 74 to take part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
For more information or to start the online module, please visit the website.
University of New England - Practice Management Short Courses
Fully Funded* Short Courses Now Available for Your Medical Practice.
To leverage this unique opportunity with Smart & Skilled NSW, UNE Partnerships has created nine short courses that will take your practice capability to new heights. Funding applications are limited so choose your short course and contact us today.
Who should do this training?
You must currently be working in a medical practice.
Students will have up to six months from the commencement date to complete course requirements.
Fee: UNE Partnerships is applying for funding under the NSW Smart and Skilled Program – *there will be no course fees if the application is accepted.
Delivery mode: Online/distance learning.
For more information or to enrol: call 1800 066 128 or visit www.practicemanagement.edu.au/short-courses
Please note: Practices can nominate multiple candidates, but individuals can only enrol in one course at a time.
*Fee: UNE Partnerships is applying for funding under the NSW Smart and Skilled Program – there will be no course fees if the application is accepted.
Podcast series on Responsible Psychotropic Prescribing to People with an Intellectual Disability
3DN has launched new podcast series on responsible psychotropic prescribing to people with an intellectual disability. The podcasts can be freely accessed on the 3DN website.
There are two series of podcasts, one focused on treating adults, and one on children and adolescents. Episodes are approximately 10-15 minutes each. Each series discusses:
- Recognising symptoms of mental illness
- Deciding if, when and what to prescribe
- Instituting, monitoring and discontinuing psychotropic treatment, and
- Consumer or carer perspectives.
These new podcasts aim to educate health and mental health professionals.
Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program - Healthcare providers online training modules
The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer in a cost-effective manner through an organised approach to screening. Currently the NCSP promotes routine screening with a Pap test every two years for women aged 18 to 69 years. On 1 December 2017, the NCSP will be moving to a five yearly HPV test for woman aged 25 to 74 years.
Information on the current program and the ‘Renewal’ of the NCSP are available at: http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/cervical-screening-1
To assist Healthcare Providers in preparing for these changes to the NCSP, the Department of Health and NPS MedicineWise have developed Cervical Screening Online Training Modules and these are now available at NPS MedicineWise https://learn.nps.org.au/mod/page/view.php?id=7804
This comprehensive set of online learning modules provide healthcare providers with information on the following areas:
- Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
- Changes to practice and the cervical screening clinical pathway
- Communicating the importance of screening and test results to patients.
All six interactive online modules are accredited for CPD points with RACGP, ACRRM, ACN, ACM and APNA.
The modules cover:
1 – Cervical cancer
2 – Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program
3 – Communicating the importance of screening
4 – Screening in practice
5 – Understanding the screening pathway
6 – Communicating test results and patient management
The Cervical Screening Online Training Modules are based on the National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the Management of Screen-Detected Abnormalities, Screening in Specific Populations and Investigation of Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding (2016 Guidelines).
These can be found at http://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/Guidelines:Cervical_cancer/Screening.
At this website are real life scenarios aimed at healthcare providers to assist them to understand the 2016 Guidelines: http://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/Guidelines:Cervical_cancer/Screening/E-learning.
Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health Online Course
The University of Sydney has launched a new MOOC (massive open online course) in collaboration with Coursera.
The course is free and covers the basics of recognising and managing mental illness as well as aspects of positive mental health and strategies for prevention and self-management of illness.
Topics include exercise, nutrition concepts, sleep hygiene, stress management, mindfulness, attachment concepts, the role of work, identifying strengths, recovery principles, lived experience stories and many more.
It is presented by over 30 different experts in psychiatry, psychology and mental health research from the University and around Australia.
It is a 5 week course containing over 40 x 10 minute video lectures with some basic assessments; however it could be used selectively, just browsing and identifying the relevant modules for each individual.
Decision Assist’s first primary care webinar
Decision Assist’s first primary care webinar is now available on YouTube. Participants will learn how to:
- Recognise the benefits of advance care planning in primary care settings
- Identify opportunities to initiate and continue advance care planning discussions
- Describe the role of primary care staff in advance care planning discussions
Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy
Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza.
Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine. Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery and even death in newborns and very young babies. Pregnant women can have the vaccine at any time during pregnancy and they benefit from it all through the year.
- Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Free flu shots for pregnant women https://youtu.be/IhUoMPPGgZA
- Flu vaccination and pregnancy – What pregnant women need to know https://youtu.be/7m0M_rFIhFY
- Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu. Protect your baby too https://youtu.be/9nWb6daxfEY
For further information visit the Immunise Australia website Pregnant Women page.
Professor Brendan Murphy
Australian Government Chief Medical Officer
AAMP Online Learning Centre
This resource has been developed with the support of a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health.
The eLearning modules provide a basic overview of the skills and areas of knowledge required successfully to
manage a Healthcare Practice.
The Advance Project is in conjunction with Hammond Care, Care Search, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, UTS, The University of Wollongong, Austin Health Ongoing.
Advance is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to work with general practitioners (GPs) to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice.
Advance aims to enable better care outcomes in Australian GP practices through:
- enabling earlier consideration and uptake of ACP
- enabling more efficient use of GP and nurse time in providing palliative and supportive care
- enabling more appropriate and timely referrals to specialist palliative care services if required
- increasing confidence and comfort levels for general practice nurses (GPNs) in initiating conversations with patients and their carers about screening for supportive care needs and ACP
What are the benefits of Advance for general practice?
The Advance training package will help general practice nurse(s) to work with GPs to initiate ACP and, where appropriate, palliative care for elderly and/or chronically ill patients within the practice.
Arm Chair Medical
100s of educational videos for GPs
Synopsis: 100s of educational videos produced for Australian General Practitioners
Access over 80 Clinical Lectures Online – filmed in and around the North Shore
Provider: Armchair Medical in conjunction with Sydney North Primary Health Network
In conjunction with Armchair medical, SNPHN would like to offer GPs and health professionals in the Sydney North Primary Health Network region access to over 80 clinical and non-clinical lectures that have been filmed by armchair medical over the recent months.
Access to these recordings is currently being offered at no cost to participants and can offer access to some of the more highly demanded education topics from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
To view the available lectures and topics now, please visit go to www.snphn.armchairmedical.tv and click on the big green watch now button.
Cost: There is no cost to GPs and health professionals from the Sydney North Primary Health Network region
Enquiries: For more information please contact the SNPHN education team via email@example.com
Registration: To access the lectures now visit www.snphn.armchairmedical.tv
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
ACRRM has a purpose-built Online Learning platform – RRMEO – that will enable you to maintain or extend your skills from anywhere in the world.
You can enrol and complete online modules and participate in virtual classrooms as part of a blended learning environment, all accessible through your My College Dashboard.
Australian Society for HIV Medicine – ASHM
ASHM Training Courses
CPD Points: Various
Synopsis: The ASHM Professional Education Division is constantly updating and improving its offering of courses and training activities.
Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice
Australians live in a multicultural, muti-layered society. We identify ourselves by our backgrounds, gender, culture, experiences and by our sexuality. Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) have diverse health needs. This module aims to inform health professionals about the diversity within the LGBTI community and to reduce stigma and discrimination, particularly for gay men and men who have sex with men, by ensuring their specific health needs are being met.
The case-based modules explore stigma and discrimination, sexual health screening, common STIs, and specific issues faced by gay and other homosexually active men.
The Becoming More Gay Friendly in Your Practice Online Learning Module (OLM) has been developed by STIGMA. The OLM focuses on the diversity of health needs within the LGBTI community.
Target audience: GPs, health professionals
Duration: One hour
CPD: RACGP 2 Category 2 QI&CPD points
Funding Body: STI in Gay Men’s Action Group (STIGMA)
More information: www.stipu.nsw.gov.au/stigma/becoming-more-gay-friendly
E-Mental Health in practice
Understand e-Mental Health resources and how they can be integrated into primary care to deliver effective stepped care treatment to patients with common mental health conditions.
At the end of this program, you will:
- understand what e-Mental Health (eMH) means
- be able to explain to patients the evidence supporting the use of eMH
- recognise appropriate patients for eMH referral
- develop strategies / processes for implementing eMH in practice and providing follow up to these patients.
Completion of the full ALM (full 6-part series) will provide RACGP ALM 40 Cat 1 QI&CPD points. Completion of individual modules will provide RACGP Cat 2 QI&CPD points.
For more information please contact the Black Dog Institute Education and Training section on 9382 8518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To select and register for the course you are interested in, please click here.
Cancer Council NSW
Help Life Get Better: Life after cancer treatment
Synopsis: When treatment has finished, you may experience new challenges and have questions you didn’t know you had. The Cancer Council can help answer th …
Centre for Genetics Education
First Trimester Screening
CPD Points: 3 Category 2 points
Synopsis: This 90 minute Category 2 training module has been developed by the NSW Health Centre for Genetics Education and the Royal Australian College of GPs.
Centre of Eating Disorders and Dieting
Diagnosis and Management of Eating Disorders
CPD Points: Category 1 and 2
Synopsis: The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders Online Learning Program addresses the nature, identification, assessment and treatment of eating disorders …
Diabetes in practice for practice nurses
Delivery mode: online – 12 hours
Synopsis: Learn about diabetes and how to manage it. Update your existing knowledge and be able to provide even better support to people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
ENQUIRIES AND REGISTRATION: http://www.diabetesqualified.com.au/courses/
Health Communication Network – HCN
Medical Director Training
CPD Points: NA
Synopsis: HCN provides various training options, including classroom, webinars, product demonstrations and e-Learning modules, to suit the requirements of their …
ID Health Education
Free Training in Intellectual Disability and Mental Health
Synopsis: Would you like to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to improve the mental health care of people with an intellectual disability?
MD Briefcase Australia
MD BriefCase and MD Passport Online Education for Health Professionals
CPD Points: Various
mdBriefCase provides free online accredited medical education for Australian and New Zealand Health professionals.
MHPN – Mental Health Practitioners Network
MHPN Webinar Recordings – Now available!
CPD Points: Self notification
Synopsis: MHPN is offering practitioners access to review past webinars for educational upskilling.
NPS MedicineWise Online Learning Opportunity
CPD Points: Various
Synopsis: Online learning resources for health professionals and health professional students, promoting and supporting quality use of medicines.
NSW STI Programs Unit and ThinkGP
Sexual health online education programs
CPD Points: Various
Synopsis: Online education programs available through partnership between ThinkGP and the NSW STI Programs Unit …
RACGP Online Learning Opportunities
CPD Points: Various
Synopsis: The RACGP offers a wide range of programs and activities via many delivery modes. The activities reflect current technology and best practice in the d …
The Heart Foundation
Online learning for Professionals: The Heart Foundation
Synopsis: The Heart Foundation supports professionals working in health by providing online learning modules focused on improving cardiovascular care.
University of Tasmania
Understanding Dementia – online course
Synopsis: The University of Tasmania’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is a nine-week online course that builds upon the latest …