Training & On-going Learning
Being able to find the right information at the right time is critical to quality care. This section includes a number of tools, resources and online programmes that will help you navigate the vast body of knowledge now available online. Use the section headings below to go to the following sections and tell us your other favourites so we can include them here.
- Continuing Professional Development
- Online Learning
- Online Textbooks
- Self-directed Reading
- Journal Reviews
- Short Courses
- Postgraduate study
- Professional Requirements
Continual Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as “the conscious updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of professional competence throughout a person's working life. It is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.” (The Chartered Institute of Professional Development, 2000).
With the rapidly increasing rate of medical knowledge and technological change, continual effort personally and as an organisation to CPD and continual quality improvement is essential. The internet is revolutionalising how we can learn and access information 24/7.
1. Learn On Line (NZ)
LearnOnline.Health.nz is an excellent vocational training platform for New Zealand health practitioners provided by the Ministry of Health. There is a growing number of courses available provided by different organisations. Current courses and topics include:
- Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and Management (NEW Dec 2012)
- Hepatitis C
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Infection Prevention & Control
- Breast Feeding
- more and visit website
2. Goodfellow Unit (NZ)
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) – The Goodfellow Unit is linked to the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare, University of Auckland and has developed a range of useful resources for supporting GPs and nurses with ongoing education and professional development.
Goodfellow Club – NZ based CME for GPs, nurses and physiotherapists. Earn CME points any time, day or night, by completing a range of case studies, quizzes and topic updates. Joining is free.
Goodfellow Symposium - previous conference presentations - 2012,
3. Video Channels & other Online Learning
Some of the leading health organisations, medical schools and universities around the world have video channels for ongoing medical education and CME. You can view literally hundreds of lectures 24/7.
eg: Online Courses
This is a great site that combines the best free and open courses for students and professionals from over 500 universities and colleges around the world including courses from Yale, MIT, Stanford, Harvard. Topics range from biology and accounting to foreign languages, and web design. Health-related topics include multiple lectures and courses within pharmacology, psychology, medicine, nursing, microbiology, etc and healthcare.
- Worth visiting - Online Courses website.
- View other Video Channels
- Help us expand this section by notifying us of any other useful sources. More...
4. Introduction to CAMH Course (NZ)
An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Online Resource has been designed to serve as an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary when working in child and adolescent mental health in New Zealand. The resource is made up of a series of four courses:
- Developmental Considerations
- Engagement Strategies
- Assessment Strategies
The courses are to be completed sequentially. Upon completion of all four courses the participant will receive a ‘Certificate of Achievement’.
Who is it for: This resource will be used by practitioners who have recently started working in the area, including Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Cultural Workers, Psychology Interns and others
5. BMJ Online Learning
BMJ Learning is the world's largest independent online learning service for health professionals. Developed by the British Medical Journal Group, there are over 300 learning modules, a range of case studies and evidence-based resources. You will find something for everyone with specific sections for hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, practice managers, registrars and other allied health professionals. Well worth a look.
Podcasting is a digital recording of a presentation, radio broadcast or other recording that is made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player or a computer. The great advantage of podcasts is being able to listen presentations, radio shows and more whenever you want - whether it's while out walking, driving to and from work or working out.
To listen to Podcast feeds on your computer, you need to download Podcasting software. There are many free or commercial podcasting applications available for download such as iTunes, Juice, Doppler, SmartFeed.
Examples of health-related podcasts include:
- BMJ Group Podcasts - wide range of topics from Gut Podcasts to Quality, Sports, Injury and more
- John Hopkins Medicine News Round up - PodMed
- Cochrane Collaboration - audio summaries of selected reviews
- New England Journal of Medicine
- The Lancet
- Mayo Clinic
- Living Life to it's Fullest™ - American Occupational Therapy Association podcasts for consumers
- Physiopedia - list of podcasts in physiotherapy & physical therapy from Physiopedia
7. Tools for Practice from the Alberta College of Family Physicians
- Tools for Practice #74. Coffee: Advice for our vice? Author(s): G. Michael Allan MD CCFP, Marco Mannarino MD, Alberta College of Family PhysicianBottom-line: Coffee consumption is associated with no change or a small reduction in mortality in cohort studies. While the evidence is not strong enough to recommend non-drinkers to start consuming coffee, coffee drinkers can be reassured that it does not appear to result in excess harm (except in pregnancy). Read more ...
8. Medical Mneumonics
9. Instant Anatomy
The Instant Anatomy website includes a range of podcasts, video podcasts, health apps and brain games to help any health professionals or students refresh their knowledge of anatomy. Website developed by Dr Robert Whitaker, a paediatric urological surgeon who now teaches anatomy to students and doctors.
Free Medical Books 4 Doctors is a excellent resource with a large range of medical textbooks for free.
OphthoBook by Dr Timothy Root - full chapters can be viewed and downloaded for free. Accompanying powerpoints and videos to help explain chapters. (Highly recommended by students and residents worldwide)
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics - produced by Duke University Medical Center's Division of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with Data Trace Internet Publishing, LLC is made available online for free and is said to be "the most comprehensive, unparalleled, dynamic online medical textbook in existence." There are over 11,000 pages with more than 5,000 images and a range of easy to search formats.
Answering Clinical Questions with Literature Searches
Do you have a clinical question and wondering how to find a reliable, up to date article that answers your question?
For a brief search, one can start with PubMed. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals. In most cases, an abstract is available and some even link to the full article.
To assess an article properly, one then needs to apply the principles of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. To remind yourself how to evaluate the literature, review the resources located on the EPIQ website. EPIQ stands for Effective Practice, Informatics & Quality Improvement and is a NZ group that has developed some great resources used throughout the world.
- EPIQ - home page, staff and post-graduate courses
- Critical Appraisal & Evidence-based Practice
- Critical Appraisal Library
- Workshops & Courses
Sign up for regular emails of the most relevant and useful Evidence Updates tailored to your areas of interest. This unique service is provided by BMJ Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit. "All citations (from over 170 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians."
WONCA Journal Watch - free service
Receive emails of the table of contents of your favourite journals – BMJ, Lancet, Family Practice etc.
Bio Med Central - Publisher of 200 peer-reviewed open access journals
Clinical Diabetes (open access)
Free Medical Journals – over 1214 journals available
Journal American Board of Family Medicine – (free access)
Nutrition Journal (open access)
NZ Medical Journal – (open access to articles over 6 months)
Preventing Chronic Disease – journal from CDC focusing on public health research, practice and policy
These range from smoking cessation or nutrition training through to cognitive-behaviour therapy and brief interventions training. Too numerous to list, here are just a few key organisations to get you started:
- Flinders Programme - 2 day training in chronic disease self management and the Flinders tools for structured long-term condition management. Ideal for use with Care Plus and other LTC programmes ... more...
- Cardiovascular risk assessment & Smoking Cessation - National Heart Foundation courses
- PHARMAC Seminar Series – interesting seminars (1 day) throughout the year
- Asthma Fundamentals - Asthma & Respiratory NZ
- Smoking Cessation - e-Learning Tool – interactive web-based programme for registered health providers in NZ to review the ABC approach to smoking cessation. Funded by Ministry of Health. https://smokingcessationabc.org.nz/
- Palliative Care - Auckland (Mercy Hospice) - Palmerston North (Arohanui Hospice) Wellington (Mary Potter Hospice) Conferences and post-graduate courses (Hospice NZ) Genesis Oncology Trust/Hospice NZ Monthly Teleconference Lecture Series 2012
- Contact your local DHB or PHO
Have you ever thought about completing a short course, special interest paper, post-graduate certificate or diploma?
The options are extensive with most universities, unitecs and nursing schools offering various courses. Here are just a few with a focus on prevention or long-term conditions to give you some ideas.
- University of Auckland
- University of Otago
- Wellington School of Medicine - Long-term conditions papers – for nursing, medical and allied health providers
- Otago - health post-graduate courses
- Medicine - post graduate courses
- Unitec NZ
- Auckland University of Technology postgraduate health diplomas
- Massey University – 3 campuses: Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington
- Whitireia Polytechnic - Post Graduate Programmes
Nursing Council of NZ - Continuing Competence Framework
RNZCGP – College Educational Programmes including AVE and MOPS
Cornerstone - "is a combined quality improvement and quality assurance process which uses a set of measurements collated in the publication Aiming for Excellence."