Online Learning Opportunities
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)
Armchair Medical - watch Australia’s best medical conferences from the comfort of home
To support general practitioners in the Sydney North Health Network during the CIOVID 19 pandemic, Armchair Medical are offering every GP 10 weeks free access to armchairmedical.tv
AGPAL complimentary bushfire webinar – tools and techniques to assist during the primary care disaster recovery effort
View AGPAL’s webinar and additional resources on ‘Bushfire recovery – tools and techniques to assist during the primary care disaster recovery effort’
Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) hosted a complimentary webinar on ‘Bushfire recovery – tools and techniques to assist during the primary care disaster recovery effort’.
The webinar includes practical advice on how to respond to a crisis. This includes assessing impact on people, processes, infrastructure, providers, and business performance; business continuity planning; and moving forward as a practice.
The webinar recording, PowerPoint slides and additional resources are available here: https://www.agpal.com.au/news/complimentary-bushfire-recovery-webinar/
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
Breast Cancer on-line learning modules for all health professionals
Cancer Australia has undertaken work to develop six breast cancer online modules in collaboration with ACRRM, for supporting the needs of people affected by breast cancer.
The modules are available free of charge on the Rural and Remote Education Online (RRMEO) platform to any health professional(even if they are not a member of ACRRM).
All that is required is to fill in the registration form and ACRRM will provide a login password. This will only apply to the Cancer Australia Breast Cancer course.
Please note that, in the medium-term future some of the modules may be updated with current practice changes and to reflect national work in shared follow-up care for early breast cancer.
Become a Dementia Friend
Provider: Dementia friendly communities
A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support.
It means you have increased your understanding of dementia and how small things you can do can help support people with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected with their community.
A Dementia Friend is someone who understands small acts can make a big difference.
By having a better understanding of dementia, you are empowered to do small, everyday things that can make a difference to someone with dementia.
More information and registration: click here to register
New accredited clinical learning e-modules support rapid investigation and referral of lung cancer symptoms
In the three months leading to diagnosis, patients will often see a GP four or more times before a diagnosis of lung cancer is made. Symptoms of lung cancer are often vague and non-specific, which can make both patient awareness and diagnosis in primary care challenging.
Health professionals working in primary care are integral to the early detection of lung cancer, as most patients with lung cancer first present to primary care settings.
Lung Foundation Australia, in collaboration with Cancer Australia, has released accredited clinical learning e-modules, based on Cancer Australia’s Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals.
The e-modules use clinical scenario-based learning to increase confidence among health professionals to recognise symptoms and signs of lung cancer, and support early and rapid referral of symptomatic patients into the multidisciplinary diagnostic pathway.
The modules highlight the importance of providing culturally safe and appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the scenarios span multiple geographical settings, demonstrating the unique challenges of caring for people with lung cancer in rural and remote areas.
The modules have received accreditation from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), with health professionals able to gain accreditation of 40 RACGP CPD points.
Sign up for the modules here: https://lungfoundation.com.au/health-professionals/conditions/lung-cancer/diagnosis/
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 …
Essential Medicinal Cannabis Prescriber
FREE RACGP CPD accredited self-paced learning.
This essentials course serves as an introduction to prescribing medicinal cannabis in the clinical setting and covers:
- Therapeutic properties of medicinal cannabis
- Clinical applications of medicinal cannabis in general practice
- Differentiating adverse and therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis
- Treatment considerations, dosing and titration to ensure patient safety during cannabis treatment
- Treatment landscape in Australia including legislation, prescribing, and access via the Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber Scheme
- Earn 5 RACGP CPD Points
- 2 hours 19 minutes of educational content
- 12 months access
- Refundable Fee on completion within two (2) weeks of commencement with compliments from Tilray
Chronic disease management and health ageing program (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association - APNA)
Practice nurses can upskill in chronic disease management and healthy ageing from the comfort of their own couch with APNA’s 12-month program. It includes an online workshop worth up to 6 CPD hours, comprehensive self-assessment, a huge suite of online learning, community of practice and nurse support. Find out more and register at www.apna.asn.au/education/cdmha. Spots are limited – closes 7 June 2020.
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 Nurses
Details of the course include:
- Duration: 12 hours
- Modules: 16
- CPD: 12 hours (APNA endorsed)
- Price: $110 – subsidised by the NDSS – LIMITED NUMBERS (normally $325)
- Update your knowledge on diabetes management
- Improve your ability to support the person living with diabetes and have a more helpful conversation using health literacy principles
- Know how to ask the right questions, and when to refer to other health professionals for more individualised advice
- Have the tools and resources to implement what you’ve learnt in your workplace, improving health outcomes for your patients
Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs
The National Eating Disorders Collaboration, NEDC, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, has developed a nationally recognised and freely accessible online training, Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs. This training has been accredited by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (40 points), ACRRM under the Professional Development Program and GPMHSC as Mental Health CPD.
The four-hour, self-paced and interactive training provides GPs with the key information, tools and resources needed to improve treatment outcomes and best practice care for their patients with eating disorders.
For more information and to access the training à Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs.
EarTrain: Enhance ear health service delivery to Indigenous Australians
The EarTrain Program is Here!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have much higher rates of middle ear infection compared to other children.
The EarTrain program is delivered across Australia by TAFE NSW and is funded by the Australian Federal Government. EarTrain is a Closing the Gap initiative available until June 2022.
This program is delivered through an interactive online training platform with an option to register for practical skills workshops. During the practical skills workshops, you will learn to develop audiometry skills and use equipment appropriately.
If you are a primary health care professional providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, you are eligible to participate in the EarTrain program.
Read more and register: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/eartrain
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.
eMental Health for General Practitioners: Online Module Series
eMH programs are widely used within Australia. They are considered an appropriate treatment option for many patients with mild to moderate mental health conditions and, in some cases, may be the only treatment that a patient requires. They can also be used to effectively augment usual care.
Duration: 6 hrs
CPD Points: 40 QI&CPD and 30 ACRRM PRPD, FPS_CPD and MH_CPD
Areas of Interest: General Practice, Mental Health
ECG Basics - A new course in collaboration with baker heart and diabetes institute
A collaborative course with Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, an independent medical research facility.
The ECG Basics course is suitable for all healthcare professionals who need to be able to recognise cardiac rhythms and interpret echocardiograms (ECGs). The ECG Basics course includes nine modules covering topics such as cardiac anatomy and physiology, components of the ECG waveform, rhythm recognition, and a systematic format for interpreting an ECG. Course content is reinforced with knowledge checks at the end of each module and two final assessments. This course is designed for postgraduate healthcare professionals working in emergency, primary care settings, cardiac wards, rural and remote settings.
For more information please contact: email@example.com
To register for this course please click here.
Fracture Management - A new course in collaboration with the Australian Orthopaedic Association
A collaborative course with the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the peak professional body for orthopaedic surgery in Australia.
The Fracture Management course covers the essentials of managing fractures in primary care. The course is delivered in a blended format incorporating online and face-to-face learning. Topics covered include basic anatomy, physiology of the musculoskeletal system, different types of fractures and associated complications, emergency management, investigations, diagnosis and referral, splinting, casting and post-application management. The course is designed for postgraduate healthcare professionals working in health facilities such as emergency departments, primary care, casting clinics, specialist rooms and rural and remote settings.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the course please click here.
Casts are a treatment method for musculoskeletal disorders and fractures that enclose, support and protect the injured limb during the healing process. Types of casts and casting techniques vary depending on the location and severity of the injury.
Proper casting technique is extremely important to ensure that the fractured bone heals quickly and thoroughly without complication.
Consequences of poor casting can include:
- Pain and discomfort
- Pressure points/ulceration
- Incorrect cast for the fracture type
- Non optimal limb positioning
In this fracture management course, you will learn the history and theory of fracture management and cast application, as well as the different types of injuries and casts that you may encounter in your clinical practice. You will also receive practical training from qualified professionals in the proper techniques for cast application and removal.
This course has been reviewed and endorsed by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). AOA is the peak professional body for orthopaedic surgery in Australia.
To register for the course please click here.
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?
Identifying and Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
Provider: The University of Melbourne
Title: Identifying and Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
This short e-learning course provides practical ways that health practitioners can increase their skills in identifying and responding to domestic and family violence. We outline how and when to ask about this sensitive issue and what to do when a patient discloses to enable a best practice response and referral.
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.
ONLINE TRAINING: GP Mental Health Assessment & Management Skills Workshop
This two day virtual workshop aims to develop skills in comprehensive mental health assessment and management planning, derived from the person’s experiences of illness, and is based on a recovery-focused model.
Participants benefit from an interactive experience with experts from psychiatry, general practice, trauma-focused care and addiction medicine, along with shared perspectives from persons with lived experience.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the workshop will be conducted virtually, while still being interactive.
Participants who successfully complete all course and assessment requirements will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.
This education is a CPD Accredited Activity (40 points) under the RACGP CPD Program.
ACRRM PDP Accredited Activity
GPMHSC – Accredited Activity Mental Health Skills Training
More information: Registration opens on Tuesday, 23 September 2020 and closes on Wednesday, 30 November 2020. If you have any questions about the GP workshops or your enrolment, please contact Erica Khattar on 02 9844 6309 or email email@example.com
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.
Medical Abortion Online training course
Family Planning NSW has launched the Medical Abortion Online course, a professional development course for GPs, nurses and midwives who want to update their knowledge around the provision of medical abortion in NSW.
Though online delivery, clinicians can complete the course in under 4 hours and in a flexible way to suit their learning needs.
Topics covered include:
- Medical abortion in Australia and legal issues
- Medications for medical abortion: an overview
- Practical considerations
- The consultation: assessment for medical abortion
- Follow up post medical abortion and contraception
- Clinical scenarios and complications
After completing the course, clinicians will be able to establish an appropriate model of care for medical abortion in their setting and manage the medical abortion assessment consultation, medication prescription, aftercare and the complications that might arise post abortion.
Those looking for more information on the Medical Abortion Online course can visit https://www.fpnsw.org.au/medical-abortion-online.
Mental Health and Depression in Older People
To assist GPs manage the care of mental health consumers, the team of psychiatrists from the Psychiatry Support Line is producing a series of webinars. Headed by renowned psychiatrist Dr Martin Cohen, these videos invite psychiatrists to present a topic they specialise in, followed by Q/A. These are accredited for professional development points by the RACGP, as well as the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. These activities are designed exclusively for GPs and have proved to be very popular. In the second webinar, Professor Sadanand Rajkumar joins Dr Martin Cohen to discuss Depression and Mental Health in Older People.
To access the webinars, go to https://www.gpsupport.org.au/webinars and register for free.
Click below to see the Psychiatry Support Line for GPs’ YouTube channel, with previews of the active webinars.
Melanoma – New options, new hope
The treatment landscape in advanced melanoma has been transformed in recent years with the development of novel pharmacological agents, with a shift towards higher response rates, prolonged disease control and the possibility of cure for some patients.
Melanoma Institute Australia has developed a comprehensive RACGP-accredited interactive module to give you an overview of the available treatments for patients with Stage III and IV melanoma, including the common adverse effects that GPs need to be aware of. It also covers the role of the GP in referring to a melanoma specialist and providing supportive care.
Free log in required for access to the Melanoma Education Portal: https://melanomaeducation.org.au/courses/melanoma89/
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.
NCIRS Deadly diseases: a history, and the current battle against measles
This seminar/webinar, available to all health professionals, will cover the history of the human battle against deadly diseases and the current measles threat. Visit the NCIRS website for further information and to register.
Psychiatry Webinar Series
Provider: GP Psychiatry Support Line
Title: Psychiatry Webinar Series
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.
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.
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 …
Rural Sexual Health - 01 Introduction and Overview
Provider: Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
Cost: Free for members
This learning module provides an introductory overview of current sexually transmissible infections (STI)/HIV surveillance trends, patient groups who are at risk and STI/HIV testing recommendations. The module also highlights the important role GPs play in detecting and treating STIs/HIV among patients and preventing the spread of STIs/HIV through communities. Also provided are practical tools and resources to enable comprehensive STI/HIV management as part of routine patient care.
Sharing Knowledge about Immunisation (SKAI) - e-learning activity
Provider: NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance)
Title: Sharing Knowledge About Immunisation – e-learning activity
Synopsis: This e-learning activity from NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance) is designed to help you adapt your clinical communication skills to meet the needs of all parents whether they are ready to vaccinate, have questions or intend to decline vaccination.
It takes approx. 60 mins and includes accesss to resources that are not available elsewhere. This is a recognised CPD activity, see: http://ncirs.org.au/health-professionals/skai-supporting-health-professionals
The included resources complement the already available SKAI website for parents.
ThinkGP provides access to a broad range of RACGP and ACRRM accredited online education activities which are free and available online at any time. Learning is accessible through a variety of mediums which include educational modules, ALMs, clinical audits, blogs, thorough guides and informative videos, webinars and more.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tsZvAJ
Talking End of Life
Provider: CareSearch TEL
Death is a part of life. Too often death is a taboo in our society, and people avoid talking about or planning for it. This taboo is even more obvious when people with intellectual disability are part of these conversations. People with intellectual disability should learn about dying and death just as they learn about every other aspect of life. Teaching about the end of life is hard though.
Talking End of Life …with people with intellectual disability (TEL) shows you how to teach people with intellectual disability about the end of life.
TEL is designed for disability support workers but is also helpful for others including families, health professionals, and educators.
Please watch the video below to see Professor Roger Stancliffe from the University of Sydney describe why TEL is important.
Twilight Online webinars
Twilight Online is a series of webinars for RACGP members and their colleagues to improve access to quality QI&CPD. Developed by the NSW&ACT Faculty, these webinars provide time efficient and convenient opportunities to keep up to date and engage in learning with key opinion leaders and peers.
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 …
Understanding depression - learning from lived experience
Produced by Torrens University Australia in partnership with Beyond Blue, this free online short course has been developed to enable participants to be more aware about the broader impacts of living with depression. We want to encourage people and communities to talk more about mental health, and engage those with a lived experience to be in conversations and discussions about recovery.
Open to anyone with a personal or professional interest in understanding depression.