Learning and sharing

"The conscious updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of professional competence throughout a person's working life is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.” ~ The Chartered Institute of Professional Development, 2000

Midland Region online training

The globally recognised learning management system, Moodle has been used to deliver blended (traditional face to face workshops with online components) online learning and more in individual DHBs across the Midland region for a number of years. Since early 2013 the five Midland district health boards now a share a Moodle platform known as Midland learning.

The shared use of Moodle regionally aligns with the Midland e-learning strategy and is the first step in building a managed virtual learning environment.

Managed Virtual Learning Environments, (MVLEs) are software systems that integrate a number of related tools or applications that support learning including course delivery, e-portfolios for career development and evidence, collaboration, content sharing tools and content creation tools.

Aims of Midland WCTO e learning:

  • build on existing training programs and pathways
  • improve access to quality education
  • increase consistency of education
  • lower costs for training
  • to deliver training more efficiently
  • easily improve existing training,

Midland learning(external link)

National online training

Smoking Cessation(external link) – In this course for health practitioners, including Nurses, Midwives, and Oral Health Professionals, you’ll get to see and experience the benefits of using the revised ABC pathway with each of your patients or clients.
There is a short assessment on NRT, and at the end of the course, you’ll be able to check your understanding by completing an assessment on ABC. Successfully completing the assessment allows you to print a Certificate of Achievement and register as a Quitcard Provider (not compulsory).

Immunisations(external link) - This is a short course on the National Immunisation Schedule (NIS). We hope you will enjoy discovering useful facts, resources and information to assist you in enabling parents/caregivers to make informed decisions about immunisation.

Alcohol(external link) – This is a course for health practitioners, comprising two modules and one case study. It looks at the harm caused by alcohol in NZ, and how screening and brief interventions improve patient outcomes.

It covers the principles of ABC Alcohol:

  • Asking all patients about their alcohol use.
  • Briefly advising patients who are drinking above recommended guidelines.
  • Counselling patients to enhance their motivation to change.

Pregnancy and alcohol toolkit(external link) - This resource aims to improve health professional’s consultation confidence and competence to optimise the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s practical guide on alcohol and pregnancy. This educational resource comprises 4 modules each with 2 evaluation questionnaires.
Reading through the modules, viewing the video material, completing the feedback questionnaires and then implementing the skills in one’s everyday clinical setting, should improve one’s knowledge and skills in delivery of a collaborative, empathic and motivational intervention.  A Certificate of Completion for continuing professional development purposes, can be requested upon completion of all modules and submitted questionnaires.

Shaken Baby Prevention(external link) – This course will help you deliver the Shaken Baby Prevention Programme. It also provides tips to help you to support caregivers, focusing on what they can do if they are feeling stressed, and where they can go for help. 

SUDI(external link) – Across NZ health professional groups, there is a good level of understanding of the major SUDI risks (e.g. smoking / safe sleeping) but knowledge and understanding of all of current known risks is not consistent due to changing evidence and policy. Therefore, the aim of this programme is to build on pre-existing knowledge but work towards correcting misconceptions and to reinforce current evidence-based guidance.  Raising health professional knowledge levels of SUDI is vital towards supporting families better understanding that it can be prevented.
The resource has four specific modules which include describing: what SUDI is; the specific vulnerability factors, how to engage effectively with Maori and Pacific Peoples on this health concern; and what prevention models can be applied.  A certificate is gained on completion. 

Rheumatic Fever (external link)– This is a resource primarily for community health workers and primary care and public health nurses who work with families who may be at risk of developing rheumatic fever. This resource aims to equip the workforce with information and resources to help manage sore throats and prevent rheumatic fever.

The resource includes information about:

  • rheumatic fever in New Zealand
  • how to identify people at high risk of rheumatic fever and how to assess and manage sore throats based on the identified risk. 
  • ways to reduce the transmission of sore throats within the household; and
  • how to identify the main symptoms and signs of rheumatic fever and how it is typically managed in hospital and in the long-term (including secondary prophylaxis.

Bacterial Skin Infection(external link) - Online continuing medical education designed for health professionals and students. 

Lift the Lip – Oral Health(external link) - This short educational video was developed by the NZDA in conjunction with Colgate Oral Care and AUT University. This video is aimed at Well Child providers, B4 school check providers and general practices. This video shows the quick and easy ways of identifying visible decay in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Infection Prevention and Control(external link)This course will focus on best practices for health care workers to prevent infection transmission. It covers three key areas: Hand Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Environmental Management
As a result of this course, you will be able to: Identify best practice, Practice best practice infection prevention and control, Create safe environments for patients/residents and staff, Identify any improvements that may be needed at work in order for you to practice best practice infection prevention and control.

Training courses


Funding and scholarships

National scholarships

 Maori and pacific scholarships

Taranaki scholarships

  • The Patea Centennial Bursary