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POLHN is featured on UNOSSC's Knowledge Sharing and Partnership Platform

13 Dec, 2019

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) along with its development partners, launched ‘South-South Galaxy’– global knowledge sharing and partnership-brokering platform, ...

More Dengue Cases Reported in Marshall Islands

08 Oct, 2019

According to an update from the Government of the Marshall Islands, around 607 suspect dengue fever cases have been recorded so far this year....

APEDNN Annual Conference 2019

The Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN) Annual Conference 2019

19 Jul, 2019

The theme of this Conference, “Building Collaborative Strategies to Reduce Vulnerabilities in Disasters” is most relevant to us in the midst of the challenges of global disasters...

World Immunisation Week 2019

06 May, 2019

Immunisation saves millions of lives around the world every year, widely recognised as one of the most effective and worthwhile health interventions available worldwide. Despite this, there remain som...

World Health Day 2019: Universal Health Coverage

03 Apr, 2019

On 7 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the globe celebrate World Health Day. This year’s theme is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which is the number one goal of the WHO. In 2019, the ...

Updated Guidelines of Tb Treatment - POLHN

Updated WHO guidelines on Tuberculosis

20 Mar, 2019

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its recommendations on Tuberculosis (TB) infection prevention and control. These guidelines aim to provide a new evidence-based framework for tac...

Food Safety Conference 2019 - POLHN

International Food Safety Conference 2019

26 Feb, 2019

There are around 600 million cases of foodborne disease around the world every year. In low- and middle- income countries, these also cause a massive economic burden, costing at least US$100 billion a...

WHO Director-General and Dr Takeshi Kasai, Regional Director for WHO’s Western Pacific Region

New WHO Director for the Western Pacific is appointed

13 Feb, 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 Sin...

WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2019

Call for Applications: WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2019

02 Feb, 2019

The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific is now inviting Governments, local authorities (city councils, provinces, districts and villages), communities, organizations (including schools, workpl...

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Applications open: Medical Laboratory Science Diploma from PPTC

01 Dec, 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 ...

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World Food Day 2018 - Fiji

15 Nov, 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...

Mental Health Courses Awareness - POLHN

Ministry Continues to Raise Awareness on Suicide Prevention

29 Oct, 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 O...

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New mental health wellness clinic opens in Tavua

18 Oct, 2018

In partnership with its Board of Visitors, Tavua Hospital in Fiji opened a new Mental Health Wellness Clinic on 12 September 2018. The aim of this has been to broaden its services regarding mental hea...

Celebrated World Breastfeeding Week 2018

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 Celebration at Colonial War Memorial Hospital

12 Oct, 2018

Every year, countries around the world observe World Breastfeeding Week for a good reason: breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to provide children with the best possible start to life....

Mental Health Gap Training for Naitasiri Subdivision

28 Sep, 2018

According to the World Health Organisation, mental health disorders are common in all regions of the world. Mental health issues affect every community and age group across countries of all different ...


POLHN partners with James Cook University to Revise Nursing Standards

22 Sep, 2018

POLHN is proud to announce a new partnership with James Cook University, Australia (JCU). The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building at JCU Cairns wi...

Student Satisfaction with POLHN Remains High

20 Sep, 2018

Four out of five registered nurses at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) were satisfied with the courses provided by Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN), according to the latest survey con...

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International Scholarships - New Section Added

29 Aug, 2018

POLHN has recently added a new section on our website which aims to guide on different international scholarships. This has information on current scholarships available worldwide. It particularly fo...

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

13 Jul, 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 Nurs...

World No Tobacco Day 2018

31 May, 2018

During this annual awareness day by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in partnership with the World Health Organisation, people, organisations and governments unite to draw attention to the ...


Message from the Global Network Secretariat

13 Mar, 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 Midwifer...

Global Launch of Nursing Now

27 Feb, 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 launch...

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Celebrating 15 Years of POLHN - Universal Health Care Photo Contest

25 Feb, 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 aw...

University of Fiji Sponsorship - POLHN

University of Fiji Sponsorship

14 Jan, 2018

Pacific Open Learning Health Net sponsorship is available to regional registered nurses enrolling in English for Academic Purposes, Basic Computer Literacy, Bachelor of Nursing (Bridging), Master of N...

Request for proposals in 2018

16 Dec, 2017

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...

New partnership between POLHN and UniFiji

30 Nov, 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...

Preparing the Health Workforce: Closing the Staffing Gap

26 Nov, 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...

Bachelor of Nursing Bridging Program for Registered Nurses

25 Nov, 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 e...

Nurses at Lautoka Hospital-POLHN

The journey of Staff Nurse Wainikiti Soqolala

18 Nov, 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 prov...

Go WHO Career Event

13 Nov, 2017

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

2018 Fiji National University Sponsorship Applications Open

07 Nov, 2017

From now until January, applications are open for students to undertake sponsored postgraduate health courses at Fiji National University (FNU). Every year, POLHN accepts around 100 students from the ...

Nurses at Sigatoka Hospital – POLHN Roadshow

POLHN Roadshow visits Sigatoka Hospital

30 Oct, 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 de...

Pohnpei Lab Technicians Graduate from PPTC

05 Jul, 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 recei...

Progress on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pacific

19 Jun, 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...

St Agnes Primary School, Suva, Fiji (WHO)

Overcoming childhood obesity: the importance of physical activity

30 May, 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. ...

Applications Open: POLHN Sponsorship for FNU courses

28 May, 2017

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 has been e...


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

11 May, 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...

Kiritimati Hospital Workshop and Graduation

01 Feb, 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...


12 Jan, 2017


Data for Decision Making

12 Jan, 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...

Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

12 Jan, 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

01 Nov, 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 inspirati...

New e-Learning Courses coming

New e-Learning Courses coming

29 Jun, 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 work...