External education providers

Practice Assist encourages continuing professional development for all general practice teams.

A number of organisations provide high quality professional education and upskilling for general practice staff, including:

  • Practice managers
  • Practice nurses
  • Medical receptionists
  • General practitioners 

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

Advance Care Planning in WA

Information and education resources on Advanced Care Planning in Western Australia can be found via:

Asthma WA

The Asthma Foundation WA offers a range of information sessions and training courses that are designed to educate and inform Health professionals on asthma and other related respiratory conditions. 

For more information please visit the Asthma WA website here

Ausmed Education

Ausmed Education have a suite of online learning modules, books and resources for nurses, as well as providing local education events. 

To view all CPD events, visit here

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

ASHM is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBVs and sexually transmissible infections. ASHM draws on its experience and expertise to support the health workforce and to contribute to the sector, domestically and internationally. ASHM is a professional, not-for-profit, member-based organisation. It supports its members, sector partners and collaborators to generate knowledge and action in clinical management and research, education, policy and advocacy in Australasia and internationally. It is committed to quality improvement, and its products and services are sought after by governments, members, health care workers and affected people. ASHM's dedicated membership, high-calibre staff and commitment to partnership assure its effectiveness in achieving its mission.

ASHM offers programs, resources and training, including conferences. To learn more and view events, please click here.

Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM)

The Australian Association of Practice Management Ltd (AAPM) is the professional organisation representing those persons engaged in the management of healthcare facilities. 

AAPM's primary roles are of advocacy for its members and provision of training and professional development activities within the healthcare sector. AAPM actively promotes the highest standards of management within the healthcare sector. 

For more information please visit  AAPM Upcoming Events

Australian College of Mental Health Nursing

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia. It seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.

Until 31 December 2018, ACMHN has free APNA-endosed Level 1 CPD eLearning modules available. The Mental Health Essentials eLearning program has been developed by the ACMHN, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, to support nurses working in general practice and primary care to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to incorporate mental health into day-to-day practice. This program will help you to work to the Mental Health Practice Standards for Nurses in Australian General Practice. Please click here to sign up and get started.

Australian College of Nursing

Offers a range of online and self-directed learning courses for nurses. 

For more information visit their website here

Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) is the commonwealth entity responsible for the national digital health strategy and the systems that support it including My Health Record and electronic prescribing.  They provide a range of training and education including webinars, eLearning and podcasts for healthcare providers

For more information visit their website here

Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)

AGPAL's online learning modules are available to educate your practice staff on key areas of the accreditation process and requirements under the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner (RACGP) Standards for general practices: 5th edition. AGPAL clients are also provided with complimentary access to the THINK GP education portal.

Visit AGPAL's practice resources here

Australian Health Industry Group (AHIG)

The Australian Health Industry Group (AHIG), is an independent management and consulting group that utilises its industry expertise, intellectual rigour and strength to assist its clients to solve complex business problems by delivering pragmatic outcomes that matter.

Members of AHIG can access support with all aspects of HR - recruitment, remuneration, performance management and improvement, training, compliance and more.
AHIG provide regular webinars and professional development events. 

For more information, visit AHIG.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) Training

AMA Training provide a range of medical reception, CPR, business and health industry based training courses. 
Distance learning options are available for rural and remote students. 

For course details and dates please visit the AMA Training website or contact the Australian Medical Association (WA) on telephone: 9273 3033.

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

APNA online learning offers the opportunity to keep up to date with knowledge and skills, without the need to travel, take time off from work or be away from family and without the cost and inconvenience of travelling to a central location. 

Visit APNA education calendar here.


Cancer Council WA, General Practice Education Project

The General Practice Education Project delivers a range of cancer education activities to general practice in Western Australia.

The project aims to ensure that general practitioners, practice nurses and other allied health professionals working in primary care have access to education, services and resources that facilitate improved knowledge in the areas of prevention and early detection of cancer in the community.

For more information, events calendar and links to previous events please visit the GP Education Project webpage

Diabetes WA

Diabetes WA provide a range of services that aim to make living with diabetes easier. Education is available for clinical teams and particularly for patients diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

For more information, visit Diabetes WA.

Diabetes Qualified

Diabetes Qualified provide accessibles and engaging diabetes education and resources for health professionals. It recognises that face to face training does not suit everyone, and offers online eLearning programs to provide you with increased knowledge and understanding of diabetes. The objective is to support delivery of consistent, relevant and actionable support to the person living with diabetes by educating healthare professionals and workers, as well as those living with diabetes.

Practice nurses can undertake an online course of 16 modules, accredited for 12 CPD hours. To find out more, please click here.

GPHQ: Connecting WA GPs

GPHQ was created by four General Practitioners (GPs) practising in Western Australia (WA), to allow both established and establishing GPs in WA to connect, communicate and learn from each other in a secure, private, online community. GPHQ is an independent website that allows GPs to engage at a local level and discuss areas of mutual interest.

Find an educational event in your area. Ask a question or share a clinical photograph on the private discussion forum. Find the right WA specialist quickly on our fully searchable directory. Advertise a job or find one yourself. GPHQ contains the features you need to find information to help your patients, in an easy, time efficient way.

Register and join here.

Immunisation Education

The Department of Health WA provides Online Courses such as:
  • Understanding vaccines and the National Immunisation Program (immunisation certificate for nurses)
  • Immunisation update (ongoing competency)
  • Influenza update 
  • Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course information is available from AHCWA on 9227 1631 or for more information visit the Aboriginal Health Council of WA website
For further information, visit the Immunisation Education website.

Medical Training Solutions (MTS)

Medical Training Solutions (MTS) provides medical personnel with hands on training to improve competence and confidence in clinical practice. 

Courses MTS can provide: 
  • Basic Life Support (CPR)
  • ALS Level 1: Immediate Life Support
  • ALS Level 2: Advanced Life Support 
  • IV Cannulation
  • Crisis Resource Management 
  • CPR and Defibrillation Update 
  • Training design to suit your needs. 
For more information visit the MTS website

Medicare E-learning

A number of modules for health professionals including MBS Primary Care item numbers. For general practitioners, nurses, optometrists, dentists and pharmacists. 

To find out more, please visit their website here

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) have published new resources to assist healthcare providers understand their privacy obligations under the My Health Record system.  As the independent regulator for the privacy aspects of the My Health Record system, the OAIC is working with the health sector as it prepares for the system to become opt-out by the end of 2018.

The resources available are: Videos are also available: Further information can be found be visiting the OAIC website here

Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE)

PaSCE offers a variety of programs for health professionals which are aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of palliative care in all settings. We can tailor education for your specific workplace if requested.

Our education programs are facilitated by Project Officers in collaboration with expert palliative care clinical providers and health professionals.

To view education events see the Palliative and Supportive Care Education webpage.

Palliative Care Online Training Portal

The Palliative Care Online Training Portal (the Portal) provides free non-clinical interactive training to carers, community and aged care workers, students, volunteers, family members and clinicians who want to build their skills in caring for someone with a life-limiting illness.

The Portal covers topics such as: the needs of people and their families as they approach end-of-life; assessment skills; end-of-life conversations; self-care and building resilience; pain management; and recognising deteriorating patients.

Registration is free and there are no time restrictions for completion of the modules.

For more information please visit the Portal.

For more information on the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), visit http://ahha.asn.au

Practice Nurse Central

This site has been created by practice nurses to provide resources to help other nurses thrive in their daily practice. 

View the Practice Nurse Central website here

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

PEPA is a free education program that provides General Practitioners & Medical Specialists with an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in the palliative approach by undertaking a four-day clinical placement set within a specialist palliative care setting in Perth or a regional area.  

For more information please visit the website

Quality Practice Accreditation

Quality Practice Accreditation, a provider of accreditation to Australian general practices, offers interactive online training presentations that are also available to non-members and presented by experienced staff..  

For more information visit the Quality Practice Accreditation website or contact them on telephone 02 6944 4042 or 1800 188 088 or email  info@gpa.net.au.

Sexual Health Quarters

Formerly known as Family Planning.

Nursing professional development such as: 
  • Nuts and Bolts of Sexual Health
  • Pap Smear Provider Course
  • STI Clinical Management 
  • Contraception in Practice
  • Men, Women and Sex
  • Men's sexual and reproductive health 
  • Communication and Motivational Skills in Sexual Health 
  • Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)
  • Clinical updates
  • Implanon and IUD Insertion for Nurses
  • Tools of the Trade 
  • Unplanned Pregnancy Counselling Training 
For further information please visit the SHQ website here

The Benchmarque Group

The Benchmarque Group is a Registered Training Organisation specialising in the development and delivery of nationally accredited clinical skills programs. 
Focused on the delivery of programs designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals, Benchmarque courses are evidence based, skills focused and nationally accredited.  They provide successful participants with the opportunity to gain a qualification that can be added immediately to their scope of practice.  
Benchmarque releases new course dates throughout the year. They also offer self-directed learning modules on several topics. 

View all courses on their website here

UNE Partnerships

UNE Partnerships is the education and training company of the University of New England (UNE). 
It is the right option for many people seeking a vocational education that can transition to university study.
Areas of interest for those working in general practice include:
  • Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)
  • Certificate IV in Leadership and Management for Health Practice Managers
  • Certificate IV in Business for Health Practice Managers
  • Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting
  • Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership for Health Practice Managers
  • Diploma of Business
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
Visit the UNE Partnerships website  for more information. 
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