Cen­tre for Remote Health

The Cen­tre for Remote Health offers a broad range of edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties for health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in rur­al and remote regions of Aus­tralia, and for those who have an inter­est in join­ing this work­force. Course range from TRAN (tran­si­tion to remote area nurs­ing), phar­ma­cother­a­peu­tics, trau­ma skills and more. Head to their web­site.

The Bench­mar­que Group

The Bench­mar­que Group offer cours­es rang­ing from oti­tis media, ear and hear­ing health, screen­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing chron­ic dis­ease, wound man­age­ment, venous blood col­lec­tion, intra­venous can­nu­la­tion, frac­ture man­age­ment and cast­ing, and more. Find out more.

Remote Area Health Corp (RAHC)

RAHC offer free e‑learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. Mod­ules are avail­able to any­one inter­est­ed in remote and Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Health. Mod­ules range from rheumat­ic heart dis­ease, admin­is­trat­ing BiCillin, stay­ing safe around dogs in com­mu­ni­ties, intro­duc­tion to scope of prac­tice, sca­bies and more. Find out more.

Men­zies School of Health Research

Free Pro­fes­sion­al eLearn­ing. Men­zies pro­vides this suite of free online clin­i­cal edu­ca­tion mod­ules to improve the pre­ven­tion, diag­no­sis and man­age­ment of acute rheumat­ic fever (ARF) and rheumat­ic heart dis­ease (RHD). Head to their website.

Immunisations/​vaccinations programs

Across Aus­tralia, require­ments to be approved as a nurse or mid­wife immu­ni­sa­tion provider dif­fer vast­ly. Some states and ter­ri­to­ries require spe­cif­ic cours­es from spe­cif­ic uni­ver­si­ty or health depart­ment based providers. Some require pre­scribed clin­i­cal immu­ni­sa­tion expe­ri­ence. How­ev­er, most juris­dic­tions accept a range of immu­ni­sa­tion cours­es and list these publicly.

Health Edu­ca­tion Ser­vices Aus­tralia (HESA) is cur­rent­ly accred­it­ing immu­ni­sa­tion cours­es. Accred­it­ed cours­es are trans­fer­able nation­al­ly. Direct links to indi­vid­ual state and ter­ri­to­ry require­ments for autho­ri­sa­tion to immu­nise are pro­vid­ed on the HESA web site. If you have ques­tions about your spe­cif­ic require­ments, it is essen­tial to con­tact the state or ter­ri­to­ry health depart­ment direct­ly to dis­cuss your require­ments to ensure you make a train­ing choice that meets your needs.

For up-to-date accred­it­ed course infor­ma­tion, vis­it the HESA site.

For infor­ma­tion about the cours­es accept­ed in the var­i­ous states and ter­ri­to­ries, you can click through to the infor­ma­tion rel­e­vant to indi­vid­ual states and ter­ri­to­ries from our resources page under the Immu­nis­er Require­ments sec­tion.

**COVID-19 immu­ni­sa­tion requires com­ple­tion of the appro­pri­ate mod­ules from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health**

Retire­ment of the Endorse­ment for sched­uled med­i­cines for reg­is­tered nurs­es (rur­al and iso­lat­ed prac­tice) (RIP endorsement)

The RIPRN Course no longer leads to endorse­ment with the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Board of Aus­tralia for sched­uled med­i­cines (rur­al and iso­lat­ed prac­tice). The endorse­ment has been retired. 

Accord­ing to the NMBA The two states that relied on the RIP endorse­ment with­in their leg­is­la­tion (Vic­to­ria and Queens­land) have finalised alter­na­tive reg­u­la­to­ry mech­a­nisms for RNs to obtain, sup­ply and admin­is­ter cer­tain sched­uled med­i­cines in rur­al and iso­lat­ed prac­tice set­tings. These changes enable RIP endorsed RNs to con­tin­ue their med­i­cines prac­tice with­out requir­ing an endorse­ment from the NMBA’.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on these changes, please vis­it the NMBA web­site, speak with your health ser­vice manager/​local health depart­ment or email the NMBA at info@​nursingmidwiferyboard.​gov.​au.

Aus­tralasian Foun­da­tion for Plas­tic Surgery’s eLearn­ing Platform

The Aus­tralasian Foun­da­tion for Plas­tic Surgery’s eLearn­ing Plat­form offers edu­ca­tion­al mod­ules, videos, and resources to sup­port and encour­age the deliv­ery of edu­ca­tion in the wound assess­ment and man­age­ment space. It com­ple­ments their face-to-face Wound Man­age­ment Pro­gram to build the capac­i­ty of the remote health work­force to bet­ter assess and man­age wounds in remote health­care set­tings and sup­ports those work­ing in com­mu­ni­ty clin­ics in remote loca­tions by pro­vid­ing access to key resources on wound assess­ment and man­age­ment tech­niques. Access it here.

Recog­nis­ing and Respond­ing to Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Adults

Monash University’s Depart­ment of Foren­sic Med­i­cine and con­sor­tia part­ner, the Vic­to­ri­an Insti­tute of Foren­sic Med­i­cine (VIFM), have devel­oped a three-unit Course for health prac­ti­tion­ers in Recog­nis­ing and Respond­ing to Sex­u­al Vio­lence. The train­ing will equip health­care pro­fes­sion­als to recog­nise and respond appro­pri­ate­ly to adult dis­clo­sures of sex­u­al vio­lence. Con­sid­er­a­tion is giv­en to rur­al and remote prac­ti­tion­ers and those whose prac­tice catch­ment includes patients at high­er risk of expe­ri­enc­ing sex­u­al vio­lence. Each unit is deliv­ered online over a six-week peri­od and includes live ses­sions with clin­i­cians with exper­tise in respond­ing to sex­u­al vio­lence. Units include: 1) Sex­u­al Vio­lence: Dri­vers and Impacts; 2) Respond­ing to Sex­u­al Vio­lence in Adults, and 3) Respond­ing to Sex­u­al Vio­lence in At-Risk Patients. For dates and to reg­is­ter your inter­est, head to the Monash Uni­ver­si­ty web­site.