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Success story: Dr Alofa Funaki

Published on: 27 December, 2017

Alofa Funaki is a doctor at the Nausori Health Centre, where she runs the community Mental Health Clinic and the Non-Communicable Diseases Clinic. She recently spoke about her experiences with POLHN online learning.

After graduating from the Fiji School of Medicine in 2006 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery, I thought my learning journey had come to an end. But my thinking changed when I was introduced to POLHN by a friend in 2013.

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I logged into the POLHN website, followed the easy instructions on how to sign up and within 5 minutes I was enrolled in a course. The course was laid out amazingly. It took me no more than 2 hours to successfully complete my self-paced course and have a certificate automatically generated.

I was very satisfied with the self-paced learning program. I gained a lot of knowledge and I loved the convenience of being able to do it at anytime from anywhere, especially when I was based in the islands. The time allowed for study and completion was great. I also liked how the individual sections allowed me to return back to content if I needed, and that certificates were generated automatically for each individual content topic. This gave me a sense of accomplishment and reward upon completion.

Currently I am based at Nausori Health Centre where I run the community Mental Health Clinic and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Clinic. I am happy to say that POLHN’s self-paced courses gave me the knowledge I needed to perform tasks at my workplace more efficiently and effectively.

I highly recommend POLHN courses and those of its partner Global Health eLearning to any individual interested in pursuing continuing professional development to bridge knowledge gaps without interrupting our busy lives too much.

I would like to thank you POLHN for your support. Your course was challenging yet interesting, but you were always there supporting me and ready to help via emails and Facebook messages. I enjoyed your courses a lot. I look forward to taking more courses with you.

Edited by: Margaret Goydych

For more information, contact Ms Shivala Singh, country coordinator for Fiji (email here).