Online training modules

Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) training modules

The Department of Humans Services has published five Australian Immunisation Register eLearning modules, to help vaccination providers understand access and use AIR and record vaccination episodes.

The five modules provide detailed steps to help with:

  • Registering and requesting access to the AIR site
  • Accessing the AIR site for the first time
  • Submitting information to the AIR
  • Recording overseas immunisations
  • Recording immunisation medical exemptions

For further information or to access the modules visit the Department of Human Services website.

Advance: Initiating palliative care and advance care planning

This free online training has been developed specifically for nurses working in general practice and are endorsed by APNA and entitle eligible participants to claim 2 CPD hours.

There are 3 modules which can be completed in stages and at your convenience and include:

  • Module 1: The role of general practice and general practice nurses in advance care planning, palliative care and screening for supportive care needs
  • Module 2: Initiating palliative care and advance care planning in general practice
  • Module 3: Administering tools to initiate palliative care and advance care planning in general practice

For further information or to access the modules visit the Advance website.

Curing Hepatitis C: Your role as a GP

This teaches GPs how to assess patients with hepatitis C prior to initiating treatment, and assists with the selection of an appropriate direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agent.  It consists of two components: Pre-reading and an interactive on-line learning module.  The activity will take approximately 1 hour to complete and has been accredited with the RACGP for 2 category 2 points.

For further information and to access the module visit the VPHNA education website.

Ice: Training for frontline workers

This free on-line training was developed as part of the Victorian Government’s Ice Action Plan and is relevant to individuals working in the following sectors: 

  • health and welfare 
  • education
  • criminal justice
  • transport

The training has 7 independent but complementary modules & each module contains between 2 – 9 topics. 

For further information or to register go to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) website.

National Cervical Screening Program 

These 6 education modules 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 (which were introduced on December 1, 2017)..

Each of the modules have been accredited for CPD. 

For further information and to access the modules visit the NPS MedicineWise Learning website.

Pharmacotherapy training for pharmacists

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the approved pharmacotherapy training provider for pharmacists.  Training is FREE of charge for ALL Victorian pharmacists and pharmacy staff (members and non-members of PSA) and consists of two parts.

  • Part 1 covers all technical, professional and legal requirements of harm minimisation and pharmacotherapy (also known as Opioid Replacement Therapy). Part 1 is available on-line or as a face-to-face workshop.
  • Part 2 is a case study workshop in which the concepts learned from Part 1 are reinforced by the workshop facilitator. Part 2 is available as a live webinar or as a face-to-face session.

To access the on-line training or find dates for the face-to-face sessions, visit the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) website.

Safer Opioid Prescribing training for GPs

RACGP Victoria offers online training with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings. 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Implement safe and effective opioid prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan.
  2. Summarise the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  3. Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use.
  4. Assess the appropriateness of and commence induction of a patient on one of the Opioid Replacement Therapies - Buprenorphine.

This training, also referred to as Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Module 1, can be accessed at any time via the RACGP website.  Register here

This training is a prerequisite for prescribers who want to attend the approved pharmacotherapy training for GPs, referred to as Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Module 2.  Click here for more information about Module 2 training sessions.

Both modules are accessible and FREE of charge for ALL Victorian GPs and Nurse Practitioners (members and non-members of RACGP).

Orientation to cultural responsiveness

Developed in 2015, this online learning resource is designed to orient staff to cultural diversity and introduce program leaders and practitioners to key issues.   

A handy resource when implementing diversity plans, it also includes information about VTMH and other services. Mental health service providers and a range of diversity organisations were consulted in design development.    

For further information and to accessAn on-line learning resource and is available at the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) website.

Paediatric neuromuscular disorders: early intervention is key

Paediatric neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) can greatly impact quality of life, and delays in diagnosis can result in poor prognosis compared to early intervention.

This one-hour module, designed for general practitioners and the primary healthcare team, aims to increase knowledge on paediatric NMDs and their associated red flags for referral.

Adapted from an educational module by Muscular Dystrophy UK, this module was tailored to the specific needs of Australian healthcare professionals by an independent panel of Australian paediatric neuromuscular specialist.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the different types of common paediatric neuromuscular disorders (NMDs)
  • Describe the pathway and barriers to the optimal management of NMDs
  • Discuss the role of a multidisciplinary approach to NMD patient management
  • Identify the key signs and symptoms of common paediatric NMDs
  • Ensure best outcomes by confidently assessing and referring children with NMDs

This education activity is accredited with the RACGP for 2 Category 2 points and with ACRRM for 1 CME PD (for the 2017-2019 triennium).

For further information or to access the free modules visit the ThinkGP website.

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