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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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Immunisation Essentials


Nutrition - An Introduction


HIV Basic Biology, Epidemiology, and Prevention


Healthy Islands


Betel Nut (Basic)


Salt Reduction


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in 15 Pacific countries supported by
52 country focal points


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Registered Nurse Success Story On Diabetes Management Course – Kiribati

Thank you POLHN for providing free online courses – it is very useful for me and for all health staff around the globe! -Debbie Koin Iotia, Registered Nurse. Tell us something about your work and yourself. I am Debbie Koin 

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Latest News

Supporting Pinktober Celebrations at the University of Fiji

Published on: 15 November, 2018

Last Friday, Fiji’s Health Minister, the Hon. Rosy Akbar, was the guest of honour at Pinktober celebrations organised by the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Fiji in Saweni, Lautoka. Pinktober is all about 

World Food Day 2018 – Fiji

Published on: 15 November, 2018

On 16 October 1945, the United Nations launched the Food and Agriculture Organization. Since then, every year World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October. The theme for this year’s World Food Day was Our Actions are our Future; A Zero 

Ministry Continues to Raise Awareness on Suicide Prevention

Published on: 29 October, 2018

  The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Mental Health Unit, Committee on the Prevention of Suicide (NCOPS) is collaborating with Non-Government Organisations, Faith Based and Civil Society Organisations, youth groups and communities to raise awareness on suicide prevention. 

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Get Better Results in Life Through Physical Activity

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical activity is often mistaken with exercise. Exercise is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and 

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 

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