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Message from the Global Network Secretariat

Published on: March 13, 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.

Global Launch of Nursing Now

Published on: February 27, 2018

Nurses and midwives make up half of the world’s health workforce, and are essential part of achieving universal health coverage. So, on 28 February a new campaign called Nursing Now, is being launched, aiming to improve the profile and status 

Celebrating 15 Years of POLHN – Universal Health Care Photo Contest

Published on: February 25, 2018

POLHN team is excited and likes to celebrate its 15th anniversary with the diverse health learning communities across the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs). To boost the celebration, POLHN is giving away $100 every month to the winners of its Facebook 

University of Fiji Sponsorship

Published on: January 14, 2018

  Download Application Form Subscribe our newsletter Applications for University of Fiji Sponsorship  are now open, from 13 January to 9 February. Important information: You will be studying part-time through distance flexible learning; You are required to maintain a B 

Request for proposals in 2018

Published on: December 16, 2017

Overview The Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) has established a registered online platform to host health and health-related Online Courses (OCs). These are made available to health workers, clinicians, public health practitioners and other users at no fee via 

New partnership between POLHN and UniFiji

Published on: November 30, 2017

In a bid to improve patient care and promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the region, the University of Fiji (UniFiji) has teamed up with POLHN. Together they will provide registered nurses with an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of 

Preparing the Health Workforce: Closing the Staffing Gap

Published on: November 26, 2017

In 2014, following an eighteen month health workforce assessment, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services identified 1,256 new positions within the civil health sector. Of these, 553 new posts were immediately approved by the cabinet with the aim of 

Bachelor of Nursing Bridging Program for Registered Nurses

Published on: November 25, 2017

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has recently announced a pay rise based on a merit system for the entire civil health sector, resulting in a drastic increase in the number of nurses enrolling in higher qualification programs. The 

The journey of Staff Nurse Wainikiti Soqolala

Published on: November 18, 2017

A registered staff nurse, a mother and part-time Business Management student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) has taken up the challenge to move away from traditional nursing roles to provide better health services to the citizens of 

Go WHO Career Event

Published on: November 13, 2017

  With the aim of recruiting more staff from the Pacific Island countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting an event called “Go WHO” on 7 December. There is currently an under-representation of WHO staff from some of these countries, 

2018 Fiji National University Sponsorship Applications Open

Published on: November 7, 2017

Semester 1, 2018 applications for POLHN-sponsored courses are open from 1 November to 6 January.   From now until January, applications are open for students to undertake sponsored postgraduate health courses at Fiji National University (FNU). Every year, POLHN accepts 

POLHN Roadshow visits Sigatoka Hospital

Published on: October 30, 2017

During the recent Heads of Health meeting in Suva, the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) was commended for bridging the geographical disparity to provide unrestricted continuing professional development short courses and post graduate university courses to Pacific nurses.   

Pohnpei Lab Technicians Graduate from PPTC

Published on: July 5, 2017

Last month, five students from Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, graduated from a POLHN-sponsored program from the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC). They all successfully received their Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.

Progress on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pacific

Published on: June 19, 2017

Since the discovery of penicillin more than 60 years ago, antimicrobial drugs have been considered the solution to curing all infections, despite not always being used appropriately. This has resulted in antimicrobial resistance.   AMR happens when microorganisms such as 

Overcoming childhood obesity: the importance of physical activity

Published on: May 30, 2017

The new POLHN course, Physical Activity for Healthy Islands, will be released soon. Read below to find out more about why physical activity is so important for children in the Pacific.    Today, more than 6.2 million children in the Western Pacific 

Applications Open: POLHN Sponsorship for FNU courses

Published on: May 28, 2017

SEMESTER 2, 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE   Each year, POLHN sponsors more than 100 students to complete their postgraduate study through Fiji National University (FNU). This POLHN sponsorship joint initiative between the WHO and FNU 

WHO Regional Director: “You should be proud of POLHN”

Published on: May 11, 2017

Last week, WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, visited Fiji. From Suva to Levuka, visiting POLHN learning centres across the country was one of the main purposes of his visit.

Kiritimati Hospital Workshop and Graduation

Published on: February 1, 2017

At the end of January, 46 health professionals at the Ronton Hospital in Kirimati, Kiribati, underwent a four day training workshop at the POLHN Learning Centre. The purpose of this was to learn about POLHN, the e-learning platform for continued professional development in health.


Published on: January 12, 2017

We provide continuing education courses on the following days: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:30 – All MOH staff Wednesdays – 11:30-1 pm – Physicians Wednesdays 7 am – telemedicine – physicians Thursdays – 3:30- 4:30 pm – Nurses Friday 7am – 

Data for Decision Making

Published on: January 12, 2017

Data for Decision Making (DDM) accredited training course for the Pacific. DDM is a Pacific adapted curriculum originally developed by CDC for their Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). DDM is the first tier of several tiers of Epi training being jointly implemented jointly by SPC, PIHOA, FNU and CDC; and is an initiative of the SPC/WHO Pacific PH Surveillance Network for building Epi literacy and competency in the Pacific and addressing our data needs in the region.For more information on DDM training, please contact Ms. Bertha Taijeron, Program Coordinator, at (671) 735-7125.

Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

Published on: January 12, 2017

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) is a major provider of healthcare, public health, and social services on Guam. It is a close partner of POLHN in the country.

Viet Nam Study Tour visits POLHN in Fiji

Published on: November 1, 2016

From 24 to 28 October, delegates from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health, Haiphong University, and WHO visited Fiji to see health e-learning in action. The successful POLHN program has been the inspiration for these experts, who are seeking to improve the quality and coverage of health care in Northern Viet Nam.

New e-Learning Courses coming

Published on: June 29, 2016

In 2003, WHO and Pacific ministries of health established an e-learning plat¬form, the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) to address the continuing professional development needs of health workers in the Pacific

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