New Opportunities

These events are shared for your information and are not endorsed by the ACNP.

Be sure to check each event for updates as they may be cancelled, rescheduled or postponed. 

Microcredential in Applied Disease Outbreak Management  

Funded by the Department of Education under the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education, we’ve been funded for up to 60 enrolments in the intake that commences on the 4th of March (applications close on 21st of Feb).  

 During their study, learners will cover the following topics:

  1. Principles of Outbreak Management and Communicable Disease Control:
    1. Contemporary Health Protection and Public Health.
    2. Epidemiology Basics: Identifying and tracking outbreaks.
    3. Communicable diseases.
    4. Public Health legislation, regulations, and orders.
    5. Public Health Toolkit for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention. 
  2. Contemporary Practice for Outbreak Management and Communicable Disease Control:
    1. Public health surveillance and testing strategies.
    2. Outbreak management practice.
    3. Case investigation and contact tracing to control outbreaks.
    4. Using epidemiology to control outbreaks.
    5. Implementing Control and Prevention Measures for Effective Communicable. Disease Management.

The microcredential has been designed in partnership with industry practitioners with extensive experience in public health to provide learners with access to current knowledge, real-life case studies, and practical tasks and assessments to enable to apply their skills in the workplace. The learning experience has been designed with working professionals in mind so that they can study flexibly, whilst still having the opportunity to establish a broader network of peers and be supported by both academic and support staff. Upon successful completion of the microcredential, learners will exit with a digital badge and certificate, a curated portfolio of evidence, as well as the potential for credit for further study with Western Sydney University.

You can find more information about the microcredentials here: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/study/courses/altcreds/applied-disease-and-outbreak-management

We believe that this microcredential aligns with your mission to foster excellence and ongoing professional development and would be honoured if you could share this opportunity with your members through your communication channels, newsletters, social media, and any other relevant platforms.

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel to reach out to me via email or on 0478 330 0 83.


Title: Respiratory Infections and the Role of Vaccines

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2024

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm AEST (6-7pm networking event with drinks and canapes, 7-9pm educational talks from experts in their field)

Location: Pullman Hyde Park Sydney

Cost: Free! 

See link to the Event page to secure tickets:


We are pleased to share VHHITAL’s free statewide education sessions for April – June 2024.

Please see the opportunities below:

Training topic

Registration Links & Training dates April-June 2024


Working with Sex Workers: Health and Wellbeing under Decriminalisation

Monday, 8 April 2024


Wednesday, 24 April 2024


Hepatitis B s100 Prescriber Course

Tuesdays, 16, 23 and 30 April 2024


Treatment of Antimicrobial Resistant STIs: Mycoplasma Genitalium, Gonorrhoea and Others

Thursday, 16 May 2024


STI Community of Practice

Tuesday, 4 June 2024


Hepatitis C for Nurses and Midwives

Wednesday, 12 and Thursday, 13 June 2024

4pm –7pm

Syphilis Advanced for Primary Care

Thursday, 20 June 2024



The full copy pack can be accessed on our website here: https://vtphna.org.au/vhhital. Further details for all state-wide training can be found on the BBV/STI Calendar.

Please reach out to vhhital@nwmphn.org.au if there are any enquiries.




Launch of clinical care standard for psychotropic medicines

You are invited to the online launch of the first national Psychotropic Medicines in Cognitive Disability or Impairment Clinical Care Standard, hosted by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Psychotropic medications are frequently prescribed to people who live with cognitive disability or impairment – and are often used to manage behaviours of concern, despite the lack of evidence that they are effective for this purpose.

The standard has been developed by clinicians and researchers working in both the aged care and disability sectors to improve the quality of health care for people with cognitive disability or impairment, whenever these medicines are being considered or used.

Join our webcast to hear experts discuss informed consent, adequate assessment, best use of non-medication strategies and how to optimise safety when psychotropic medicines are considered necessary.

When: Thursday 9 May 12:00 – 1:00 pm AEST

To register please click: HERE

Expert panellists

Award-winning ABC journalist Tegan Taylor will host an expert panel including: 

  • Conjoint Associate Professor Carolyn Hullick – Chief Medical Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Associate Professor Juanita Breen – Dementia Research, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Eddy Strivens AM PSM – Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.
  • Professor Julian Trollor – Chair, Intellectual Disability Mental Health, University of New South Wales

This event is relevant to all healthcare workers involved in providing care to people with cognitive disability or impairment.

The standard was developed following a Joint Statement between the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, outlining their commitment to working together to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines.

More information
Visit safetyandquality.gov.au/psychotropics-ccs or email CCS@safetyandquality.gov.au.


Immerse yourself in an extraordinary event committed to enhancing kidney health. With a diverse array of topics, featuring unmissable speakers from across Australia and New Zealand.  Vascular Access and Renal Pharmacology pre-conference workshops offer additional educational sessions, providing in-depth training, hands-on experiences, and specialised knowledge from experts on each topic.

More Information

Australian College of Neonatal Nurses National Conference

Theme - 'Game On'

4-6 September 2024

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria.

ACNN is pleased to announce our 2024 National Conference will be held on Wurundjeri Country on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra) River at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. We acknowledge and thank our principal conference partners; the Melbourne Convention Bureau Ltd (MCB) and the Government of Victoria.   

  • Read about our Invited Speakers
  • Check out the Australian Sports Museum which is our venue for the Conference Welcome Reception. 'Expect the Unexpected' and come ready to be a spectator or compete in virtual events with your friends or rivals! Optional dress code: come in your favourite team colours/sporting wear.   

Visit: https://www.acnn.org.au/events/national-conference/

Program: https://www.acnn.org.au/events/national-conference/program/

Ongoing Opportunities 

These events are shared for your information and are not endorsed by the ACNP.

This Infections in Pregnancy module provides an important update for GPs on congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) and syphilis, both of which can have devastating consequences for the developing baby. CMV is the most common congenital infection resulting in childhood disability in Australia, yet less than 20% of Australian GPs are confident in providing advice on CMV in pregnancy. Syphilis notifications in women of childbearing age have quadrupled between 2015 and 2020. Untreated syphilis leads to adverse pregnancy outcomes in about 50% of affected pregnancies.
All references available at https://on.praxhub.com/unimelb/infections-in-pregnancy

Click here to access the course



1 If you're not already a Praxhub member, you'll first need to go through Praxhub's quick and simple online registration process. OR scan

2 Register to join Praxhub (via 'register' button)

3 Verify your email

4 Search "Infections in Pregnancy" to start Free | Secure | Exclusive praxhub.com

This online course was developed and is made available thanks to the organisations listed below. Describe the risks CMV and syphilis pose in pregnancy and potential sequelae of intrauterine CMV or syphilis infection. Identify which patients should receive CMV counselling and syphilis testing prior to and during pregnancy, integrating infection prevention education into routine antenatal care. List the behavioural interventions that reduce risk of CMV acquisition; outline the primary mechanism of patient-to-child transmission of syphilis. Determine when it is appropriate to test for CMV and syphilis and how to order and interpret appropriate serology. Outline when a pregnant patient requires non-GP specialist management for CMV or syphilis infection, and what medical follow up is required for babies affected by CMV or syphilis during pregnancy. By the completion of this e-learning module, you will be able to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What's new in congenital CMV and syphilis

A training program to support clinical practice

ELLC-Diverse Population flyer_August_final.pdf

ELLC-Indigenous module flyer_final.pdf

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free training program for nurses and other health professionals about the law relating to end of life decision-making. It seeks to improve nurses’ knowledge and awareness of the law at end of life, and support their delivery of quality end of life and palliative care. ELLC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

ELLC comprises 13 free online training modules on palliative and end-of-life law, and case-study based workshops. Topics covered include:

ELLC is complemented by End of Life Law in Australia, a resource that provides accurate, relevant information for the community about the law at end of life in each State and Territory.

To learn more download a free ELLC brochure or the ELLC Training Curriculum 2023-2026. Register at the End of Life Law for Clinicians training portal.


CRANAPlus Education Safety and Security for Remote Health Professionals reflective module

CRANAplus has launched a free module, Safety and Security for Remote Health Professionals. This module increases awareness of safety and security issues, responsibilities, and resources within a remote and isolated practice context and is one component of a range of extensively peer-reviewed and revised resources within the CRANAplus Safety and Security Framework.

For more information go to: Safety and Security for Remote Health Professional

AusCAPPS – an online community of practice designed to connect you with peers and access expert knowledge and information
Are you a nurse practitioner wanting to improve women’s access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and early medical abortion (EMA) in primary care?
Join AusCAPPS to support you in LARC and EMA provision through evidence-based guidance, expert support and peer-to-peer engagement.
Sign up here - https://medcast.com.au/communities/auscapps

Tthe importance of culturally safe planning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and communities.

PCA has released a new video case study Discussing Choices – Indigenous Advance Care Plans – A Learning Resource to support health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop practical and culturally safe Advance Care Plans.   

How to use the resource:

Those involved in training health professionals are invited to review the case study and to incorporate a link to it, into their suite of training or useful resources for ongoing use.  It will sit appropriately within training for chronic disease management, condition specific training such as COPD, heart and coronary disease, kidney disease, or Parkinson’s Disease, as well as in palliative care or end of life care training.

The Discussing Choices - Indigenous Advance Care Plans video is freely available online. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may find content in this film upsetting. 

Please feel free to share this resource link through your networks and newsletters also. This link will also be made available through the Indigenous HealthInfoNet Palliative Care Portal.

Run time: approximately 26 minutes

Access the video via



Discussing Choices – Indigenous Advance Care Plans – A Learning Resource acts as a culturally safe and practical case study for professional health, Aboriginal and community workers on ‘how to’ support and complete Advance Care Plans for end-of-life care in Indigenous communities. 

Palliative Care Northern Territory (PCNT) President (2021), Jonathan Dodson-Jauncey, guides viewers through the video, outlining the importance and benefits of an Advance Care Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the importance of kinship, country, passing on culture to future generations and to keep families strong.  He provides health professionals with key insights and guidance so that they can ask the essential questions, and involve the essential people, to enable culturally safe care and support to be delivered under the plan.

Filmed in a remote Aboriginal community on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia, local Health Centre professionals have had success by working respectfully with the local Anindilyakwa people.   This film highlights how empowering a community to express their end-of-life wishes by outlining the various aspects of an Advance Care Plan in a culturally safe and appropriate way has enabled the community to see the benefits of planning for its people and for open discussion to occur. With the endorsement of Elders, many community members have completed an individual Advance Care Plan.  On Groote Eylandt an Advance Care Plan is called a ‘jura’. 

Some key learnings for Health Care Professionals, in this video, include:  

  • Ensuring clear communication with supporting explanation 
  • Clear differentiation of choices using different scenarios 
  • Active use of interpreters to support families 
  • Ensuring correct family members are informed of end-life-wishes 
  • Allowing for and supporting changes and flexibility 
  • Ensuring the right people have copies of the Advance Care Plan 

 Additionally, acting as a companion video to support community uptake of Advance Care Planning, “Finishing Up – Advance Care Plans on Groote Eylandt” offers additional learnings for communities, and can be found here.  It focuses on the people’s journey to understanding the importance of making Advance Care Plans about their ‘final days’ with health staff, family and friends. The Elders of Groote Eylandt created a ground swell to ensure that its people are engaged in the advance care planning process after seeing traditional decision making had not disconnected from care and bereavement ceremony, and a number of community members leaving country for treatments without appropriate cultural supports or connection back to country. 

Services Australia has made improvements to their website, so it’s easier for you to find the information you need. It covers all Services Australia health programs and includes:

• infographics

• eLearning

• simulations.  

Download the flyer  - New Health Professional Education Resources Website


Rethink Obesity® 4Forums on-demand

In Australia, there is a 9-year delay in weight management conversation between people living with obesity and health care professionals (HCPs). Obesity rates are growing and people living with obesity are not getting optimal access to care. General Practitioners (GPs) and nurse practitioners play a critical role in obesity management, yet less than 1% of GP consultations are focused on weight management, as obesity management is considered complex and time consuming. Rethink Obesity 4Forums aims at making obesity management simple and breaking down the weight management consultation. Participants will be able to learn from renowned obesity experts across 4 online forums, each focusing on a different topic related to obesity management and highlighting 4 key practical points to be implemented in practice. 

Rethink Obesity® 4Forums is developed by an independent steering committee of obesity experts. Topics are selected to be relevant to obesity management specifically in primary care practice: Forum 1 - Four key considerations about obesity and adolescent health Forum 2 - Four practical points to optimise weight loss in culturally and linguistically diverse communities Forum 3 – Four aspects of the weight loss journey from the male patient perspective Forum 4 – Forty minutes to get your key questions addressed by the experts

  • Are the planned educational strategies based on adult learning principles?: Rethink Obesity 4Forums is developed and delivered in a way that is aligned with adult learning principles.
  •  A series of four practically relevant educational ‘forums’ that follow key aspects in the ‘journey of obesity management’, primarily relevant to primary care
  • Each forum to focus on four essential key points only to ensure learnings are focussed, easily understood and remembered • Each forum is 40 minutes long (25 minutes of panel discussion + 15 minutes Q&A)
  • Each forum is developed by an independent steering committee and hosted by 2 obesity experts (different for each forum) to ensure content is relevant to the audience
  • Each forum facilitated by an external expert with experience in hosting educational events (non-HCP, health journalist)
  • Attendees can watch the forum live or view ‘on-demand’ in their own time after the event • Attendees can provide feedback on their learning after each forum

How does the application show that some impact evaluation is planned? A mandatory evaluation survey will be provided after each forum to assess learning outcomes. Evaluation will include speakers, content, and meeting of learning objectives

Does the educational activity offer knowledge and skills at the level of a NP?: Yes. The series is specifically developed for primary care. GPs and practice nurses play a crucial role in obesity and weight management and the series aims at breaking down the weight management consultation and provides practical tips and skills useful to make obesity management simple and effective.

There are 3 series of 4 episodes each available on-demand:

Series 1: Four key considerations when starting a conversation about obesity (on24.com)

Series 2: Four steps to optimise weight loss maintenance (on24.com)

Series 3: Four key considerations about obesity and adolescent health (on24.com)



As an Australian Registered Nurse registered with AHPRA, you are being invited to take part in a free online CPD programme which aims to help to improve the healthcare outcomes for people with Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

To find out more, and start your learning journey click here.

About the free CPD programme:

The learning site is separated into different learning levels and covers six domains (modules) of content including relevant to caring for people with ID and/or ASD: care imperatives; communication to individuals with ASD and/or ID; understanding communication from individuals with ASD and/or ID; environments of care; supporting positive behaviour; making things go well; and introduction to the NDIS

  • Foundational: A depository of foundational learning content (tiles, explainers, and videos) under the six domains that you may have previously viewed through membership of your professional nursing body is available online. You can take part in a short quiz to claim 1 hour for this level of CPD.
  • Intermediate: This content involves blocks of learning and a variety of information, videos, vignettes, interviews, activities, and further reading under the six domains. Following completion of the six intermediate modules, you can take part in a short quiz to claim 4 hours for this level of CPD.
  • Advanced: The advanced level will build upon your learnings in foundational and intermediate. You will have opportunities to take part in synchronous online learning sessions with experts in the area. This level also includes activities, videos, information, and further readings. You will also have an option to undertake an assessment and reflective essay. 
  • Completion of the learning material at the foundational, intermediate, and advanced levels and satisfactory completion of the optional assessment will be deemed to be equivalent to one unit of AQF level 8 postgraduate study. This can be presented to universities to consider for advanced standing.

Any Questions?

If you have any queries about the learning site and CPD programme, please contact Senior Project Officer, Amy Pracilio at Southern Cross University amy.pracilio@scu.edu.au.

Research associated with this learning site has been approved by Human Research Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University. The approval number is 2021/046.

If you have concerns about the ethical conduct of this research or the researchers, write to the following:

The Ethics Complaints Officer

Southern Cross University

PO Box 157

Lismore NSW 2480

Email:  ethics.lismore@scu.edu.au

All information is confidential and will be handled as soon as possible.

The National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC) have developed comprehensive foundational eating disorder training designed specifically for GPs. While the training has been developed for GPs, it is also applicable to other medical and health professionals including nurse practitioners, especially those working in general practice and community-based services.

The training provides key information needed to provide best practice care for patients with eating disorders. This includes the knowledge and skills needed to understand, identify and assess eating disorders, provide medical treatment, work within a multidisciplinary care team, understand the stepped system of care, manage MBS items, and provide ongoing recovery support. This four-hour, self-paced and interactive online training includes practical real-life scenarios and activities, videos from leaders in the field and people with leaved experience of an eating disorder, up to date resources and a formal assessment.

Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs is available free of charge to all NEDC members (membership with NEDC is free).

Access it here – www.nedc.com.au


What You Will Learn

This Safe Swallowing Dysphagia Education and IDDSI Management Program aims to make your care of ageing residents, friends or relatives and their lives, safer and easier. Relax knowing you have the latest education. 
Warning: Your residents may be in danger every meal time…here’s the quickest and easiest way to ensure you, as a carer or Aged Care staff member know the warning signs of swallowing difficulties, and what to do about them…
Breaking SAFETY NEWS: 1/3 Of Residents In Aged Care Suffer Swallowing Difficulties…
What Will You Do If One Of Your 
On average humans swallow 900 times per day… anyone of those could mean trouble if they have swallowing difficulties. 
Are you or your nursing staff properly prepared to deal with it?
Subject: Here is the blunt truth about Safe Swallowing Dysphagia Education and Management …and one remarkable online education program you can access right now at https://www.safeswallowing.com.au/

Ausmed pink

Ausmed Education is calling for expressions of interest from Nurse Practitioners to provide high-quality educational sessions at our Australiawide conferences and seminars.  Presenting to groups of nurses, midwives and other health professionals, ranging in size from 15 to 200 on a range of topics, our educators enjoy the support of a respected and well-known company, dedicated to producing professional, engaging and effective educational experiences.  Dowload the flyer "Ongoing opportunities Ausmed 'Call for Speakers'" for all the details.


AANP has quite a few CE programs offered through the AANP CE Center, and quite a few of those programs are actually free to members and non-members. Especially our grant-funded projects. Any education activity we build that is grant funded we do not charge anything for. 

The PDF How to Create a Non-Member Account for Free CE is for all ACNP member.  

The document outlines some basic steps in how to create a FREE non-member account with AANP so that access can be gained to take free CE Activities in the CE Center and how to get started taking their first CE activity. Feel free to share this with anyone that would like to sign up for the Obesity Management activity or any of our other 50+ free CE activities. We have free CE activities in a wide variety of different topics! 

AHHA logo small

In 2013, we launched a free online palliative care training program, funded by the Australian Government, which was developed to improve access to best practice palliative care training and to improve the quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness, as well as for their families and careers. If you are interested in using this free online training program, members are asked to create individual accounts by visiting www.pallcaretraining.com.au and registering a new account.  Each participant will receive a certificate of completion upon conclusion. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries by emailing admin@ahha.asn.au or calling 02 6162 0780.


Get ready to help provide safer pain management options and support

All modules are self-paced and each one takes around 1 hour to complete. Certificates of completion can be automatically downloaded, and may be used for CPD application.
This Better Pain Management eLearning package is free for Australian residents.
Alternatively, email fpm@betterpainmanagement.com.au or telephone (03) 9093 4930.