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Developed by the World Health Organisation (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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Interview with Dental Hygienist Kilton Pelobule

Success Story from the Solomon Islands on POLHN Free Courses   Tell us something about your work and yourself. My name is Kilton Pelobule. I was born and bred in the Solomon Islands. I am employed by the Dental Department 

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Applications open: Medical Laboratory Science Diploma from PPTC

Published on: 1 December, 2018

Applications are now open for enrolment in Pacific Paramedical Training Centre’s Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science, starting March 2019. PPTC is a partner of POLHN, and with assistance from the New Zealand Government provides sponsorship for students from Pacific island 

World Food Day 2018 – Fiji

Published on: 15 November, 2018

On 16 October 1945, the United Nations launched the Food and Agriculture Organisation. 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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A Tribute to Our Nurses

As I prepare to pen this article, I am reminded of Hippocrates’ saying. He believed that the goal of medicine is “to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.” For me, learned exactly this through daily example from the 

Delivering Quality Care Depends on Health Worker’s Knowledge, Skills and Attitude

A workforce that delivers quality care is the key objective for any health organisation, however obtaining the right ingredients for the perfect system has always been one of the key challenges. The term “quality” is also very subjective as every 

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: From the Philippines to Saudi Arabia

Jeffrey Mendoza is a Filipino expatriate now based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He recently completed the POLHN self-paced course, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Hospitals. As the final assignment for this course, Jeffy shared an exemplary piece about his experience what 

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