Online training opportunities are listed below – click on the plus sign next to the topic of your choice to expand the information.  More topics are added as they become available – feel free to check back regularly to find and access these great opportunities for learning in your own time.

Advance care planning and palliative care training and support for general practice nurses

Advance provides training and support for general practice nurses in Australia.
As a general practice nurse, you play a key role in patient management. Your ongoing relationship with patients and carers, and the level of trust you develop, means you are ideally placed to help patients identify their most important symptoms, concerns and priorities.

The Advance training package will help you and General Practitioners (GPs) to work together to initiate ACP and, where appropriate, palliative care for older and/or chronically ill patients within the practice.

Free online training portal

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) supports aged and community care workers with a free online training portal. With the current theme Living Well With Chronic Illness, AHHA’s six modules of self-paced training provides those working in aged and community care with a great opportunity to gain an insight into best-practice delivery, to ensure their clients are kept as comfortable and happy as possible at the end of life.

CareSearch – Palliative Care Knowledge Network

CareSearch is funded by the Commonwealth DoH and it brings relevant evidence and quality information to palliative care. There is a significant education section that amongst other training opportunities, provides links to web based leaning from various training provides throughout Australia and oversees. Most of these modules are free of charge and others may have a fee. Currently they have 72 links to web based learning.

End of Life Essentials educates hospitals on palliative care

End of Life Essentials is an important project that offers e-learning opportunities and resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals. Most people in Australia will visit a hospital in the last year of their life. Over 50% of Australians die in an acute hospital. This website provides e-learning and resources for doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals. The e-learning is available from 24 June 2016 and you can register for further updates.

Malnutrition in Cancer eLearning

The Department of Health and Human Services Victoria in conjunction with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and eviQ have developed the Malnutrition in Cancer eLearning program for multidisciplinary cancer clinicians. This is a free resource developed for multidisciplinary clinicians.

The comprehensive, evidence-based program has been developed following a recognised need for improved awareness, knowledge and management of cancer malnutrition during and after cancer treatment. A recent point prevalence study across 15 Victorian Health Services, and including 1693 oncology patients, found that 31-48% of oncology patients are malnourished, and less than half of these patients were being seen by a dietitian.

Consequences of undiagnosed and therefore untreated malnutrition can include impaired immune response, muscle function, quality of life and wound healing; increased complications and a reduction in the effectiveness and tolerance to treatment.

Interactive programs have been developed for medical, nursing, allied health and general practice health professionals and includes modules on:

  • Overview of malnutrition in cancer
  • Impact of cancer and treatments
  • Working within the multidisciplinary team
  • Screening and flags
  • Nutritional interventions
  • Case studies

Access the program by clicking on this link: Malnutrition in Cancer eLearning.

The completion of the package will contribute to CPD points and enhance knowledge and practices around Malnutrition in Cancer. The resource has been endorsed by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Heart Foundation BeAWARE Online Learning

Did you know 15% of patients who experience warning signs of heart attack or stroke will call or attend a general practice as a first response?

Non-clinical staff (i.e. reception staff) are considered the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ of any practice and are nearly always the first point-of-call for patients entering the practice system. Therefore, it is vital non-clinical staff are able to appropriately identify and manage patients presenting with suspected time-critical emergencies such as heart attack or stroke.

The BeAWARE of warning signs of heart attack and stroke online learning module supports non-clinical staff to promptly identify patients who call or attend with suspected warning signs of heart attack or stroke.

Access further information.

Explosions of Medicines in COPD

Did you know in 2014 there were six new medicines and two new inhaler devices released for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? This certainly makes it challenging for health professionals working with patients with COPD.

To help health professionals to support patients with this disabling condition Lung Foundation Australia has updated the popular COPD Online training for nurses and pharmacists. This update includes all the new medicines and inhaler devices, including instructional videos.

The training carries continuing professional development (CPD) hours for nurses and pharmacists. For more information, phone free call 1800 654 301, email enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au or visit the Lung Foundation website.

The Lung Foundation has many clinical resources to assist you and your patients. These are updated regularly with the latest evidence in diagnosis and management of COPD. To be kept up to date with developments subscribe to the Airwaves Clinical Update.

Understanding dementia – online courses

Working with people who have dementia is not easy. It can be upsetting, trying and challenging, but it can also be very rewarding and satisfying.

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) offers a series of five online training courses, each providing training in different aspects of dementia care.

The aim of this is to provide an understanding of dementia, with the goal of:

  • giving you a better understanding of what living with dementia is like, and
  • making working with people affected by dementia more rewarding for them and you.

Each course is just $38.50 and can be completed in your own time.

Tele-Derm – Practical Advice for Diagnosis and Management of Skin Disease

An internationally recognised online resource, run by dermatologists Dr Jim Muir, Dr Rachael Foster and Plastic Surgeon Dr Dan Kennedy your case will be responded to within 48 hours and you can access over 500 education cases, procedural videos and participate in the case of the week.

Tele-Derm is hosted by ACRRM and is funded by the Department of Health, Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF).

To learn more and access Tele-Derm, follow the links from the ACRRM website.

 

Hepatitis C – Information and Learning for Clinicians and Pharmacists

  • The ‘Curing hepatitis C- Your role as a GP’ online education module is designed to educate GPs on how to assess patients with hepatitis C prior to initiating treatment and assist with the selection of an appropriate direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agent – available on VPHNA’s website. Click here to view
  • The webinar video for pharmacists –  to support the accelerated uptake of new hepatitis C drug treatments – is available on VPHNA’s website. Click here to view
  • Victorian HIV and Hepatitis Integrated Training And Learning (VHHITAL) delivers the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Blood Borne Viruses Training and Certification Program. The program includes a comprehensive education and training program for the general practice workforce in Victoria for the diagnosis, treatment and management of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It includes the provision of training and certification for practitioners who prescribe highly specialised drugs administered under Section 100 (S100) of the National Health Act 1953.

Q fever Vaccination – Online Training for Health Professionals

Q fever is an illness caused by a bacterium call Coxiella burnetii which can be caught by humans via direct or indirect contact with infected animals or animal products. Although infected animals can transmit disease to humans, they do not show symptoms or get sick. The illness in humans is usually mild, but may sometimes be severe with long lasting consequences.

Vaccination can help prevent Q fever infection, and may be recommended for those at risk, who are eligible for vaccination.

BioCSL provide online training for health professionals.

Access further information and the training video.

Health care professionals can contact Seqirus (A CSL Company) on 1800 642 865 or email medinfo.aust@seqirus.com.au for a username and password to access a training video from the Q Fever website.

Kidney Health Australia online learning modules

Kidney Health Australia currently offers online learning modules for health professionals. These modules run for one or two hours and are offered through the online learning provider ThinkGP.

Online learning modules
1. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) management in General Practice (1 hour)

2. Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: a sinister combination (1 hour)

3. Chronic Kidney Disease Issues for General Practitioners (2 hours)

4.  Chronic Kidney Disease and cardiovascular risk reduction

Each of these modules can be accessed 24 hours per day and is accredited for RACGP and ACRRM points.

Primary Health Network Professional Development Webinars Series 1: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and communities

The National LGBTI Health Alliance has been funded by the Department of Health to facilitate a series of online professional development webinars that increase your knowledge of LGBTI populations, and gain an understanding of aspects to consider when commissioning services or desigining programs that are able to respond to the needs of LGBTI people, families and communities. 

These webinars will be accompanied by a series of factsheets, and include online access to practical resources and support.  

We invite you to join us to better support LGBTI Australians:

  1. Introduction to LGBTI People and Communities
  2. LGBTI Older People and Ageing
  3. Drug and Alcohol Use
  4. Intimate Partner and Family Violence
  5. LGBTI Families
  6. LGBTI Young People

 

Medication Safety for Clinicians – Certificate from Monash University

Medication safety for Clinicians focuses on many aspects of medications safety for clinicians working in the community or hospital settings. The online course is designed to help health care practitioners in developing knowledge and skills in the management of medications safety, clarify professional responsibilities and discuss strategies to reduce adverse events and medication errors.

The course will run online from the 30th June and the 30th September 2016.

The course is designed particularly for health care practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of medications safety principles, medications errors and their risks and strategies to avoid them.

This course is accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who pass the online Quiz.

For more information and registration information go to the Monash University School of Rural Health website or download the course flyer.

Access a one-hour online seminar on bowel cancer, screening and how nurses working in general practice can approach bowel screening with patients has been developed by Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association.

Intellectual Disability online modules and resources

3DN provides free eLearning about intellectual disability to professionals (carers and consumers soon). Our goal is to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence, leading to better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability.

The ‘Professionals’ training contains e-learning developed specifically for health/mental health professionals and disability professionals.

The new modules include: 

  • Module 9: Equality in mental health care – a guide for clinicians
  • Module 10: Consent, decision-making and privacy – a guide for clinicians
  • Module 11: Challenging behaviour – Introduction
  • Module 12: Challenging behaviour – Assessment
  • Module 13: Challenging behaviour – Management

These modules build on the existing eight, which span topics from intellectual disability through to assessment and management of mental disorders in people with an intellectual disability.

Registration: is free, and the modules are available now. Register online here.

The ABLEx series:

ABLE101x – Through my Eyes focuses on the stories of people with intellectual disability around the world, and their families and supporters. Over four parts, students will look at the barriers and enablers to healthcare for people with intellectual disability, their experience of specific syndromes and communication difficulties, and how they stay healthy. Students will listen to family members speaking about complex care, rare syndromes, early death, and planning for independence. The final component focuses on the history of treatment, the impact of rights’ movements on healthcare delivery, common health conditions, and health promotion.

ABLE201x – Well and Able examines the specific physical health issues that affect people with an intellectual disability including, oral health, syndrome specific health issues, health communication, especially for non-verbal patients, sexual health, and interactions between tertiary and primary healthcare systems. There is a special section on complex care including issues associated with aging and spasticity, and the health impacts of epilepsy.

ABLE301x – Able-Minded focuses on the mental health issues of people with intellectual disability. Students learn about the complexities of diagnosing mental health issues in people with intellectual disabilities and the types of disorders, assessments, screenings, and treatments used. There is a special focus on the legal and ethical complexities in health practice with patients who often require substituted consent.

Resources for health professionals that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at UNSW Australia has developed a range of resources for health professionals that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability (ID). These resources are free to download.

There are over 400 000 Australians with an intellectual disability (ID). People with an ID experience 2-3 times the rate of mental health disorders and have poorer physical health compared to the general population.

3DN at UNSW Australia has developed a suite of freely accessible resources to improve clinical practice, and subsequently health and mental health outcomes for people with an ID. The key resources are:

Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework and Resources: The Early Intervention Framework has been adapted from a well-accepted, generalist monitoring framework to address the specific cardiometabolic health needs of people with an ID.

Online Learning Modules: The e-Learning site www.idhealtheducation.edu.au is an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health, including primary health care providers. There are also modules for disability professionals.

The Guide: The Guide is a national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers, including for primary health care providers, with respect to people with an intellectual disability. It provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system.

The Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Manual For Mental Health Professionals, and upcoming Practical Toolkit: The Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals describes the specific skills and attributes required by mental health professionals for the provision of quality services to people with an intellectual disability.

Managing stroke survivors in the community

Dr. Anita Munoz, a GP and clinical editor in the HealthPathways Melbourne team, presented a webinar on improving stroke survivor outcomes through coordinated community care. The hour long session is part of the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network education program.

Dr. Munoz covers a multitude of topics including:

  • The biopsychosocial challenges facing post-stroke patients living the in community;
  • The use of Post-Stroke Checklist in assessing a stroke survivor’s biopsychosocial needs;
  • Practitioners involved in stoke survivor care in primary and secondary settings;
  • A framework for coordinating cooperation between practitioners;
  • The use of HealthPathways Melbourne as a clinical decision making tool.

To listen to the webinar, please click here.

You can view the Stroke Rehabilitation pathway for more information on this topic.

The medical world is an ever changing sphere that calls for GPs and allied health professionals to remain up-to-date with the latest developments in primary healthcare. Created to meet the needs of busy healthcare professionals, ThinkGP provides access to a broad range of RACGP and ACRRM accredited online educational activities – free, online, anytime.

ThinkGP is the brainchild of Dr John Crimmins, a veteran general practitioner with over 25 years of experience treating patients from the urban jungle of Sydney city to the lush wilderness of Dorrigo in Northern NSW. Fast forward 12 years and ThinkGP has grown to include over 40,000 GPs, practice nurses and managers, registrars and allied health professionals, awarding over 250,000 QI&CPD points to RACGP and ACRRM members in the 2014-16 triennium alone.

Learn your way with a range of educational mediums: educational modules & ALMs, clinical audits, informative videos, thorough guides & thought-provoking blogs.

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) invites you to undertake our Youth Friendly Consultation Skills online module.

The 90-minute online module is free to ACRRM members and RRMEO subscribers, and is accredited for two ACRRM Professional Development Program points.

By undertaking the module, you can:

  • assess youth health problems in line with the adolescent’s stage of development
  • conduct a youth friendly consultation, including explaining confidentiality, negotiating to see a young person alone, and using youth friendly communication skills
  • perform a health risk assessment using the HEEADSSS psychosocial screening tool

The module is presented by Clinical Professor David Bennett, an adolescent health physician with a major interest in the development of integrated, creative health services for young people and their families.

The module was developed in partnership with the Maternity, Child, Youth and Paediatrics Unit in the New South Wales Ministry of Health. Click here to enrol in the module

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.

Click here for information on the current program and the ‘Renewal’ of the NCSP

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

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:

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). Find real life scenarios aimed at healthcare providers to assist in understanding the 2016 Guidelines.