Featured Personality: POLHN country coordinator for Kiribati – Terere Takai

Published on: December 9, 2017

“A bit of motivation and effort are all you need to gain a lifelong learning experience to bridge the knowledge and skill gaps!” – Terere Takai   Terere Takai is the focal point and country coordinator for Kiribati. She recently spoke to POLHN staff to share some of her experiences.   What is your professional […]

New partnership between POLHN and UniFiji

Published on: November 30, 2017

In a bid to improve patient care and promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the region, the University of Fiji (UniFiji) has teamed up with POLHN. Together they will provide registered nurses with an opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing (Bridging) and Master of Nursing by thesis and Bachelor of Public Heath to the […]

The Importance of Choosing the Right CPD

Published on: November 29, 2017

Medical education is rapidly changing due to evolving medical science. In particular, societal expectations and the increased disease burden are affecting this. Contemporary healthcare therefore now demands that doctors and nurses continuously improve their competencies in order to achieve an adaptive skill mix. Continuing professional development (CPD) is an ideal way for health workers to […]

Preparing the Health Workforce: Closing the Staffing Gap

Published on: November 26, 2017

In 2014, following an eighteen month health workforce assessment, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services identified 1,256 new positions within the civil health sector. Of these, 553 new posts were immediately approved by the cabinet with the aim of addressing the staffing gap and skills shortage. The assessment was conducted using the Workforce Indicator […]

Bachelor of Nursing Bridging Program for Registered Nurses

Published on: November 25, 2017

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has recently announced a pay rise based on a merit system for the entire civil health sector, resulting in a drastic increase in the number of nurses enrolling in higher qualification programs. The establishment of the University of Fiji’s medical school, the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine (UPSM), has […]

Nurses at Lautoka Hospital-POLHN

The journey of Staff Nurse Wainikiti Soqolala

Published on: November 18, 2017

A registered staff nurse, a mother and part-time Business Management student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) has taken up the challenge to move away from traditional nursing roles to provide better health services to the citizens of Lautoka.   Wainikiti Soqolala always wanted to be a registered nurse. Her dream came true […]


Go WHO Career Event

Published on: November 13, 2017

With the aim of recruiting more staff from the Pacific Island countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting an event called “Go WHO” on 7 December. There is currently an under-representation of WHO staff from some of these countries, so this coaching workshop has been designed to encourage and assist health workers from the region […]

2018 Fiji National University Sponsorship Applications Open

Published on: November 7, 2017

Semester 1, 2018 applications for POLHN-sponsored courses are open from 1 November to 6 January.   From now until January, applications are open for students to undertake sponsored postgraduate health courses at Fiji National University (FNU). Every year, POLHN accepts around 100 students from the Pacific to complete these courses, which are fully funded and […]

POLHN Roadshow visits Sigatoka Hospital

Published on: October 30, 2017

During the recent Heads of Health meeting in Suva, the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) was commended for bridging the geographical disparity to provide unrestricted continuing professional development short courses and post graduate university courses to Pacific nurses.   To boost its effort, POLHN recently launched its latest initiative: the POLHN Roadshow. The week-long […]

Dealing with Zika

Published on: July 12, 2017

The new POLHN course, “The care and support of people affected by complications associated with the Zika virus”, will be available soon. Read below to find out more about Zika.

Pohnpei Lab Technicians Graduate from PPTC

Published on: July 5, 2017

Last month, five students from Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, graduated from a POLHN-sponsored program from the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC). They all successfully received their Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science.

Featured Personality: POLHN focal point for Palau – Sunshine Garcia

Published on: June 27, 2017

Sunshine Garcia is a medical librarian at Belau National Hospital in Palau. Currently, she is working with POLHN as its focal point for Palau, a position she has held for eight years. She caught up with the POLHN team to share some of her experiences.

Progress on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pacific

Published on: June 19, 2017

Since the discovery of penicillin more than 60 years ago, antimicrobial drugs have been considered the solution to curing all infections, despite not always being used appropriately. This has resulted in antimicrobial resistance.   AMR happens when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses change and become resistant to the antimicrobials used to treat […]

Featured personality: POLHN focal point for Tonga – Simaima Filiai

Published on: June 13, 2017

Simaima Filiai is a health project officer at the Tongan Ministry of Health. She also works with POLHN as its focal point for Tonga. She recently spoke to the POLHN team to share some of her experiences.

Domestic violence in the Pacific: what can be done

Published on: June 7, 2017

The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of domestic violence. In Fiji, 66% of women experience emotional, physical or domestic violence in their lifetime. This is more than twice the global average. In Solomon Islands, one in two women reported violence by their partners. On average, two out of three Pacific island women […]

Featured Personality: POLHN Focal Point for North Fiji – Devina Gaundan

Published on: June 1, 2017

Devina is a senior sister at Labasa Hospital, and has been with POLHN as its North Fiji focal point for the past four years. Earlier this week, she spoke to the POLHN Secretariat to share some of her experiences.

Tobacco Free Pacific: A goal to make every day World No Tobacco Day

Published on: May 31, 2017

31 May is World No Tobacco Day, which aims to raise awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco and tobacco use, which lead to more than 7 million deaths worldwide, including 600,000 from second-hand smoke.

Agnes Primary School, Suva, Fiji (WHO)

Overcoming childhood obesity: the importance of physical activity

Published on: May 30, 2017

  The new POLHN course, Physical Activity for Healthy Islands, will be released soon. Read below to find out more about why physical activity is so important for children in the Pacific.    Today, more than 6.2 million children in the Western Pacific are overweight. Childhood obesity is higher than ever before. Children who are overweight or […]

Applications Open: POLHN Sponsorship for FNU courses

Published on: May 28, 2017

SEMESTER 2, 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE   Each year, POLHN sponsors more than 100 students to complete their postgraduate study through Fiji National University (FNU). This POLHN sponsorship joint initiative between the WHO and FNU has been extremely successful, and hundreds of students have graduated from sponsored units in the past 10 […]

WHO Regional Director: “You should be proud of POLHN”

Published on: May 11, 2017

Last week, WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, visited Fiji. From Suva to Levuka, visiting POLHN learning centres across the country was one of the main purposes of his visit.

Kiritimati Hospital Workshop and Graduation

Published on: February 1, 2017

At the end of January, 46 health professionals at the Ronton Hospital in Kirimati, Kiribati, underwent a four day training workshop at the POLHN Learning Centre. The purpose of this was to learn about POLHN, the e-learning platform for continued professional development in health.

Viet Nam Study Tour visits POLHN in Fiji

Published on: November 1, 2016

From 24 to 28 October, delegates from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health, Haiphong University, and WHO visited Fiji to see health e-learning in action. The successful POLHN program has been the inspiration for these experts, who are seeking to improve the quality and coverage of health care in Northern Viet Nam.

Dedicated e-learning Platform

Published on: July 27, 2016

How Pacific island countries combined forces to create an e-learning platform that builds the skills of doctors and nurses and improves health care Challenge Small  island  developing  States  in  the  Pacific  and  their  remote  island  communities  are  often  enable  to  access  the  highest-quality  health-care  education  and  the  latest  techniques in disease control and treatment. Medical […]

New e-Learning Courses coming

Published on: June 29, 2016

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