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External Professional Development
Curated professional development and training opportunities to grow your qualifications and enhance your skill set.
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.
Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia
Free Professional E‑Learning. RHDAustralia 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.
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 FAQ site.
- Australian College of Nursing: 307 Immunisation for Health Practitioners (HESA accredited).
- Government of South Australia: Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program.
- University of Melbourne: Nurse Immuniser Program.
- University of Tasmania: Immunisation education for registered nurses.
- La Trobe University – Nurse Immuniser Program.
- Cunningham Centre, Queensland Health: Registered Nurse Health (drugs and poisons) Regulation 1996 course.
**COVID-19 immunisation requires completion of the appropriate modules from the Australian Government Department of Health**
Rural and Isolated Practice (Scheduled Medicines) Registered Nurse Course (RIPRN)
The RIPRN Course will prepare you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for endorsement with scheduled medicines (rural and isolated practice). The endorsement qualifies you to obtain and initiate the administration and supply of certain schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines for nursing practice in defined rural and isolated practice areas.
This is a nationally recognised endorsement; however, authority for your practice once endorsed is governed by each state or territory’s medicines and poisons legislation.
This course is also aligned with Cunningham Centre’s immunisation program.
Find out more about RIPRN here.