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Education and Training


Continuing Professional Development Requirements



All nurses and midwives must meet the continuing professional development (CPD) standards. This standard sets out the minimum requirements for CPD. CPD must be directly relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice.


Nurses and midwives will need to undertake 20 hours of CPD on an annual basis and annual auditing will be conducted to ensure compliance.


CPD Registration standards are available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's website.




The Royal College of Nursing Australia have an extensive list of Scholarship information available for nurses on their website. For further information visit the RCNA website



The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice)


The Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice) is designed to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to practise competently within the general practice environment, and to contribute to the further development of the speciality.



Leadership and Development Program for Nurses in General Practice

AGPN are working with University of New England Partnerships to establish a Practice Nurse Leadership and Development Program. This program is designed to assist with raising the professional profile of practice nursing and also provides a career pathway for nurses looking to move into leadership and management roles. View information on the AGPN NiGP website.



E-learning package for MBS item 10997


AGPN, in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing Australia and Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education have launched an e-learning package to support Medicare Item 10997. The modules can be accessed on the RCNA 3LP website at



E-learning for health professionals Supporting Chronic Disease Self Management


Chronic disease self management (CDSM) requires clients to make many changes in their lives. While many clients make changes in the short term, most find it hard to maintain these changes. To support clients to make lasting lifestyle changes, health professionals need additional skills in CDSM.


Our comprehensive five hour, five module online training program embraces evidence based strategies based on motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy. These strategies can be used with both groups and individuals. The package includes a manual with tools for ‘hands on’ use with your clients



Other E Learning Courses

Resource for Practice Nurses and Division Staff of on-line e-Learning courses and programs that are currently available geared to suit the Continuing Professional Development needs of the practice nurse. Some of the programs incur a small cost. View the GPV E Learning guide.



Other Education Providers




Ear Syringing course are offered through Benchmarque



Immunisation course



Pap test provider training courses and



Wound Management courses in Victoria



Triage in General Practice – guides and resources



Free Online course for Nurses to meet requirements of the Medicare Healthy Kids Check for 4year olds






For further information contact:

Kate Russo, Program Manager, Ph: 03 9314 5265 | Fax 03 9341 5299: Email:

Last updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012