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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


Registered users
from across the globe


Learning centres
in 15 Pacific countries supported by
52 country focal points


of students ranked POLHN
courses very useful in enhancing
their health role & position

Success Stories

Being a Mental Health Nurse – Interview with Sonam Devi

“Education never ends and it is very important for everyone to keep upgrading their knowledge and skills in this era.” -Sonam Devi, nurse, Lautoka Hospital   Registered Nurse Sonam Devi is a very enthusiastic individual who has completed several POLHN 

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Latest News

James Cook University Hosts the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery

Published on: 13 July, 2018

James Cook University (JCU) and the WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery will be hosting the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery from 17-20 July 2018 in Cairns, Australia. Every 

World No Tobacco Day 2018

Published on: 31 May, 2018

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. An official international day recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is celebrated every year.   During this annual awareness day by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in partnership with 

Message from the Global Network Secretariat

Published on: 13 March, 2018

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings. This important event brings together representatives from 44 WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery across the six WHO global regions, including a range of health professionals and students from around the world.

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Being a Nurse, Wife and Mother

Sister Devina Gaundan is a Nurse Unit Manager in the Female Medical Ward/Coronary Care Unit at Labasa Hospital. Thanks to POLHN, she will be graduating with a Master in Health Service Management this year. POLHN is a platform that enables 

6 Seconds to Get the Nursing Job

The idea is to catch the recruiter’s attention in the first 6 seconds. Studies have shown that it takes 6 seconds to decide if the applicant is the best-fit for a role. To make an impression it is important to 

Is online education the missing key to a diverse health workforce?

New online healthcare courses are helping professionals in the Pacific to develop their skills and create a more diverse workforce. Pacific Island countries are facing a serious skills gap. The global shortage of trained healthcare professionals is estimated to reach 

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