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Welcome to Pacific Open Learning Health Net

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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Investigation and Response to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies


Programmatic Approaches for AYSRH


Family Planning and HIV Service Integration


Infection Prevention and Control


Infection Prevention and Control (Advanced)


Best Practices for Food Establishment Inspectors


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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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New WHO Director for the Western Pacific is appointed

Published on: 13 February, 2019

The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 144th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Takeshi Kasai as Regional Director for WHO’s Western Pacific Region, and re-appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh for a second term as Regional Director for WHO’s South-East Asia Region.

Call for Applications: WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2019

Published on: 2 February, 2019

Have you thought about applying for the Healthy Islands Recognition Award? The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific is now inviting Governments, local authorities (city councils, provinces, districts and villages), communities, organizations (including schools, workplaces, faith-based groups) and civil 

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 

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How can education help us achieve Universal Health Coverage?

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a state where citizens can access health care services without incurring financial hardship. This means that all people and communities have access to quality promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services that they need. 

“I am and I will” – Taking Personal Action against Cancer | World Cancer Day

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 9.6 million people dying from the disease each year (Bray et. al., 2018). Monday 4th February is World Cancer Day when individuals and organisations unite to significantly reduce illness and 

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 

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