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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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Salt Reduction


Tuberculosis Essentials Training Course


Infants and Young Child Feeding


Mental Health Gap Action Programme


Physical Activity


Health Information System


Registered users
from across the globe


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


of students ranked POLHN
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Success Stories

“POLHN is a flexible way of learning” – Vinisha Singh

Sometimes I Inspire My Patients; More Often They Inspire Me Tell us something about your work and yourself. I am currently a registered nurse at Tamavua Twomey Hospital in the TB ward. This is my 5th year in service . 

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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. 

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.

Latest from the blog

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 

Suicide: one person dies every 40 seconds

Every 40 seconds someone dies due to suicide and many more attempt suicide. Close to 800,000 people die every year due to suicide. Anyone anywhere can become its victim. World Health Organization World Suicide Report calls upon individuals, communities and countries to 

Improving Online Learning Experience for CWM Hospital Nurses

The need for nurses to be knowledgeable, highly trained and well-educated is becoming essential. Today, nurses are required to make complex clinical decisions, that 25 years ago would almost undoubtedly have been made by doctors. The nursing scope is governed 

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