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Welcome to Pacific Open Learning Health Net

Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pacific Ministries of Health, Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) provides online learning opportunities for health workers in the Pacific. Our mission is to develop a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce using relevant, effective and quality e-learning.

We partner with academic institutions to provide online continuing professional development courses. We offer sponsorship for postgraduate programs, as well as access to recognised self-paced courses on health topics.

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Healthy Islands


Betel Nut (Basic)


Salt Reduction


Tuberculosis Essentials Training Course


Infant and Young Child Feeding


Mental Health Gap Action Programme


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in 15 Pacific countries supported by
52 country focal points


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Success Stories

Interview with HIV Counsellor Darwin Babon

Darwin Babon is an HIV Counsellor based in the Philippines. He recently caught up with POLHN to share some of his experiences. Tell us something about your work and yourself. My name is Darwin F. Babon. I was born and 

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Latest News

New mental health wellness clinic opens in Tavua

Published on: 18 October, 2018

In partnership with its Board of Visitors, Tavua Hospital in Fiji opened a new Mental Health Wellness Clinic on 12 September 2018. The aim of this has been to broaden its services regarding mental health awareness outreach programmes.   The 

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 Celebration at Colonial War Memorial Hospital

Published on: 12 October, 2018

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 took place from 6-10 August. The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week was “Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life” — a recognition of the importance of breastfeeding to a baby’s future.   Every year, countries around the 

Mental Health Gap Training for Naitasiri Subdivision

Published on: 28 September, 2018

According to the World Health Organization, mental health disorders are common in all regions of the world. Mental health issues affect every community and age group across countries of all different incomes. In Fiji, health workers are using new and 

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Betel nut use in the Pacific

Betel nut is the fourth most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine. Its main active psychoactive component, called arecoline, is thought to cause adverse health effects. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 

POLHN’s New Digital Certificate Verification Platform

Over the last decade, the accessibility to cheap and reliable internet has bridged data transmission gaps. Since everyone is equally able to acquire the same information through the internet, it has become necessary for companies, organisations, institutions and universities to 

Upskilling health workers for the future

Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) is continuously adapting to prepare the Pacific health professionals by upskilling health workers for the future. It works against the rapid and drastic changes in the fields of non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, and climate 

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