Nurse CPD Directory

Welcome to our comprehensive list of 80+ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources for nurses and students across Australia. We’ve diligently researched and compiled this valuable resource to support your ongoing learning and professional growth. Lots of the links offer free CPD without needing to pay anything.

TO learn more about CPD requirements as a nurse check out this link.

If you have suggestions to enhance this list or encounter any broken links, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can message us @nursescollective or send an email to [email protected]. Your feedback is essential, and we aim to continually improve and expand this resource to serve your educational needs.

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  • Ausmed (also Nurses Collective Major Sponsor)
    • URL: Ausmed
    • Description: Offers a wide range of free and paid CPD, e-learning modules, and short courses catering to junior, specialty, and advanced nursing care.
  • APNA (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association)
    • URL: APNA
    • Description: Provides professional memberships and CPD opportunities for members, as well as access to CPD courses for non-members. Specializes in health promotion and holistic nursing principles.
  • ACRRM (Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine)
    • URL: ACRRM
    • Description: Offers over 80 free self-directed courses catering to various healthcare needs.
  • ACNP (Australian College of Nurse Practitioners)
    • URL: ACNP
    • Description: Loads of affordable advanced practice courses for ACNP-paying members.
    • As of March 2024 they have also released a FREE section of CPD here
  • Agency for Clinical Innovation
    • URL: Agency for Clinical Innovation
    • Description: Leads innovation in clinical care, bringing patients, clinicians, and managers together to drive innovation in healthcare.
  • ACN (Australian College of Nursing)
    • URL: ACN
    • Description: Renowned for short courses and CPD opportunities that advance nursing practice and specialties. Offers free and paid courses, scholarships, and grants.
  • ACCCN (Australian College of Critical Care Nurses)
    • URL: ACCCN
    • Description: A not-for-profit organization representing critical care nurses nationally, covering areas of intensive care, education, management, and research.
  • AICG (Australasian Institute of Clinical Governance)
    • URL: AICG
    • Description: Specializes in leadership and policy review procedures within healthcare.
  • ACSQH (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care): Infection Prevention and Control eLearning Modules
    • URL: ACSQH Infection Control
    • Description: Offers eLearning modules on infection prevention and control principles in Australian healthcare settings.
  • ANZBA (Australian and New Zealand Burn Association)
    • URL ANZBA
    • Description: Providing evidence-based burn management information
  • Agency for Clinical Innovation
    • URL: Agency for Clinical Innovation
    • Description: Leads innovation in clinical care, bringing patients, clinicians, and managers together to drive innovation in healthcare.

B:

  • Benchmarque
    • URL: Benchmarque
    • Description: Offers both paid and free online courses and CPD opportunities to advance nursing practice, including clinical leadership and wound closure.
  • Better Pain Management
    • URL: Better Pain Management
    • Description: An online paid course with opportunities for funded CPDs, providing insights into pain pathophysiology, recognition, management, and treatment.
  • Bloodsafe Australia
    • URL: Bloodsafe Australia
    • Description: Critical course covering blood removal, pre-checks, and administration; essential for healthcare practitioners. Offers free e-courses.
  • BMJ Learning
    • URL: BMJ Learning
    • Description: Offers a broad range of nursing courses covering various specialties and aspects of nursing practice.
  • Black Dog Institute
    • URL: Black Dog Institute
    • Description: Focuses on recognizing, approaching, and discussing mental health illness and suicide.

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  • CRANA Plus
    • URL: CRANA Plus
    • Description: Provides education for remote healthcare practitioners, ensuring safe, high-quality primary healthcare in remote areas of Australia.
  • Cracks in the Ice
    • URL: Cracks in the Ice
    • Description: Offers ICE training for frontliners, including fact sheets, online courses, and de-escalation techniques for treating ICE patients.
  • CENA (College of Emergency Nursing Australasia)
    • URL: CENA
    • Description: Represents emergency nurses and offers a range of professional development resources.
  • CareFlight Aeromedical Retrieval Training (CART)
    • URL: CareFlight CART
    • Description: Offers Aeromedical Retrieval courses for healthcare professionals aspiring to work with services like the Royal Australian Flying Doctors.
  • CareFlight
    • URL: CareFlight Courses
    • Description: Provides courses in prehospital trauma, remote emergency, critical care trauma, and aeromedical retrieval training.
  • Continence Foundation of Australia
    • URL: Continence Learning
    • Description: Empowers healthcare providers to improve incontinence management and treatment, breaking down stigmas.
  • CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia Learning Programme)
    • URL: CML Learning Programme
    • Description: Tailored online course for nursing and medical staff caring for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia patients.
  • CareSearch End of Life Essentials
    • URL: CareSearch End of Life Essentials
    • Description: Education modules for healthcare professionals on providing dignified terminal treatment and supporting patients and their families.
  • CQU Centre for Professional Development
    • URL: CQU CPD
    • Description: Offers short courses covering a wide range of healthcare professional areas, designed for both refreshers and skill advancement.
  • Clinical Skills Development Service

D:

  • eIntegrity Dermatology Course
  • DVA Alert / Lifeline
    • URL: DVA Alert / Lifeline
    • Description: Raises awareness about domestic violence’s impact on patients and the role healthcare professionals play in providing care and support.
  • Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Courses
    • URL: Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Courses
    • Description: Offers evidence-based courses for nurses, doctors, and anesthesiologists working in surgical fields, focusing on recognizing, managing, and treating surgical traumas.
  • Dementia Training Australia
  • DTA (Dementia Training Australia)
    • URL: DTA
    • Description: Specializes in dementia care for patients and their families.
  • Don’t Forget The Bubbles
    • URL: DFTB
    • Description: Specializes in paediatric education for doctors and nurses.

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  • Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB)
  • End of Life Care
    • URL: End of Life Essentials
    • Description: Addresses the legal and ethical aspects of end-of-life care, including family support and caregiver well-being.
  • Endocrinology: Diabetes Australia
    • URL: Endocrinology: Diabetes Australia
    • Description: Offers courses on diabetes pathophysiology, recognition, symptom management, and health complications for nurses.
  • ECT4HEALTH
    • URL: ECT4HEALTH
    • Description: Provides nursing CPD certificates in Brisbane, Australia, and abroad since 2007.
  • EdCaN
    • URL: EdCaN
    • Description: Offers resources for nurses caring for cancer patients and their families.
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    • URL: Spinal Cord Injury
    • Description: Targeted at all healthcare professionals, this course increases knowledge and care for patients with spinal cord injuries.
  • EVIQ
    • URL: EVIQ
    • Description: Provides free evidence-based cancer eLearning resources for health professionals, covering topics like Antineoplastic Drug Administration, clinical and community practice, supportive care, radiation oncology, and pediatrics.

F:

  • Future Learn
    • URL: Future Learn
    • Description: Offers updates and relevant courses on current nursing issues, including patient care and COVID-19 management.

G:

  • Goodfellow Unit
    • URL: Goodfellow Unit
    • Description: Provides a wide range of courses related to nursing.
  • Guy’s Cancer Academy
    • URL: Guy’s Cancer Academy
    • Description: Focuses on increasing awareness, health promotion, treatment, and self-esteem for men with cancer.
  • GP Partners Australia – End of Life

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  • Heart Foundation
    • URL: Heart Foundation
    • Description: Provides online resources, facts, treatment options, and lifestyle regulation to empower patients with heart health. Offers courses to educate on the importance of heart health promotion.
  • Headspace
    • URL: Headspace
    • Description: Targeted at professionals involved in the care of patients with mental health diagnoses and disorders.
  • Hand Hygiene Australia
    • URL: Hand Hygiene Australia
    • Description: Offers standard courses for healthcare professionals on infection control.

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Leukaemia Care

  • URL: Leukaemia Care
  • Description: Targeted courses for haematology nurses, offering free access for the first 180 days, focusing on care, treatment, and management of Leukaemia patients.

Lymphoma

  • URL: Lymphoma
  • Description: Specialized Lymphoma training courses and CPD for haematology nurses to contribute to their professional development.

Life in the Fast Lane

  • URL: Life in the Fast Lane
  • Description: Comprehensive resource on cardiology, ECG interpretation, and diagnosis.

Lung Foundation Australia

  • URL: Lung Foundation Australia
  • Description: Aims to increase awareness in cancer research and provide healthcare professionals with the latest cancer treatment information.

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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

  • URL: MOOC
  • Description: Offers free online courses with videos, group chats, assignments, and tests, developed by prestigious universities.

Menzies Institute – Understanding MS

Macmillan Cancer Support

  • URL: Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Description: Aims to increase awareness in cancer research and provide healthcare professionals with the latest cancer treatment information.

Multiple Myeloma Nurse Learning Programme

Medcast

  • URL: Medcast
  • Description: Offers both paid and free courses for healthcare professionals.

My Midwifery & Nursing CPD

MIMS Learning

  • URL: MIMS Learning
  • Description: Tailored for healthcare professionals involved in disaster and major incident medical management scenarios.

Midwifery Critical Care

Molnlycke Education

  • URL: Molnlycke Education
  • Description: Targeted for wound care nurses and nursing leaders in skin and pressure area care management.

Midwifery Upskilling (CRANAplus)

Midwifery Neonatal Emergencies

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NCCTRC (National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre)

  • URL: NCCTRC
  • Description: Funded by the Australian Government, focuses on enhancing Australia’s capacity in disaster and trauma care.

NSWNMA (New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association)

  • URL: NSWNMA
  • Description: Members access reduced-rate courses on the ANMF CPD website.

NPS MedicineWise

  • URL: NPS MedicineWise
  • Description: Required course for many healthcare providers focusing on medication safety and administration to enhance patient safety and reduce medication errors.

Nursing CPD Institute

  • URL: Nursing CPD Institute
  • Description: Online education platform by Australian Nurses to meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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Perioperative CPD

  • Description: Provides free education for healthcare professionals working in theatre environments, including theatre nurses, ODPs, anaesthetic assistants, and technicians.

Paediatric Emergency Care (PEC)

  • URL: Paediatric Emergency Care (PEC)
  • Description: Training in paediatric emergency care to recognize, manage, and include parents or carers in emergency situations.

PreHospital Trauma Course (PHTC)

Palliative Care Educational Resource

PAMI Pain Assessment and Management

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QNMU (Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union)

  • URL: QNMU
  • Description: Offers many free online courses for nurses in various specialties and experience levels.

R:

Resuscitation

  • URL: Resuscitation
  • Description: Compulsory updates, including refreshers and skills updates for healthcare providers.

Remote Area Health Corps

  • URL: Remote Area Health Corps
  • Description: Offers online eLearning modules to increase awareness about working in remote Indigenous communities.

Rheumatology

  • URL: Rheumatology
  • Description: Aims to increase healthcare providers’ knowledge and care for patients in rheumatology.

RHD Australia

  • URL: RHD Australia
  • Description: Provides free online clinical education modules to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

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Safer Baby Bundle

  • URL: Safer Baby Bundle
  • Description: A bundle of care for stillbirth prevention in maternity services.

Specialised Training in Aeromedical Retrieval (STAR)

Spotting the Sick Child

  • URL: Spotting the Sick Child
  • Description: Aids professionals in early diagnosis and detection of paediatric deterioration.

SANDS Bereaved

  • URL: SANDS Bereaved
  • Description: Empowers midwives to care for parents during maternity emergencies and neonatal deaths, including neonatal code blues, stillbirths, and poor prognosis during pregnancy.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • URL: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Description: Aims to increase nurses’ knowledge on caring, treating, and promoting the quality of life for TBI patients.

Trauma Victoria

  • URL: Trauma Victoria
  • Description: Provides major trauma guidelines for healthcare professionals to follow.

Thalassaemia

  • URL: Thalassaemia
  • Description: Offers specialized knowledge on the prevention and clinical management of thalassaemia for internationally-located medical specialists.

Trauma Nursing Care Course (TNCC)

U:

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

  • URL: University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • Description: Offers various MOOCs covering a wide range of nursing specialties, including dementia and dementia prevention.

W:

World Health Organization – COVID-19

Wounds Australia

  • URL: Wounds Australia
  • Description: Aimed at nurses caring for patients with wounds or specializing in wound care.

Wounds West

  • URL: Wounds West
  • Description: Focuses on prevention, treatment, and management of wounds, particularly for wound care nurses and nursing leaders.