Useful Links

​Listed below are useful links for Professional Development.

Advance Care Planning​E-learning site for Advance Care Planning
BMJ Learning​​BMJ Learning: Subscribe now to access e-learning for students and healthcare professionals. Its free to register. Popular courses such as motivational interviewing are free however some courses require a subscription
Canterbury Medi​cal Library  

Canterbury Medical Library provides a full range of library services to CDHB staff. This includes access to a wide range of online journals and databases. You will need to be accesssing from a CDHB computer.​

Canterbury​ West Coast IV Link Staff website

A useful website for IV Link staff with information around their role and audit information and resources.​

CPD4 Nurses ​Professional Development

CPD4 Nurses assists nurses in achieving professional development requirements.​

ARA Institu​te of Canterbury

School of Nursing programme for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.​

Cultura​l Competency Training

 eCALDTM provides a range of online and face to face training courses for the New Zealand health workforce to develop CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) cultural competencies.​

Disability ​Matters

​This site is free and available for all health care professionals and is: Educational, Inspiring, Informative and Inclusive. The aim is to "Together challenge and positively change our own and others fears, ideas and attitudes towards disability and disabled children and young people". 

You will need to login/create an account to access the resources.

Goodfellow Unit

The Goodfellow Unit assists health professionals gain new knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes.  It contains a number of case studies to work through along with online learning programmes. ​

Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre  ​

The HIIRC is your source of knowledge to improve New Zealand's health care system.​

Heart Foundation for Health Professionals

Information on the resources, programmes, courses and guidelines available from the Heart Foundation for Health Professionals.  

Interactive Pharmacology  ​

This site has been designed to increase understanding of concepts and principles in Clinical Pharmacology.​

Intravenous Nursing New Zealand  ​

Provides education to help maintain IV standards.​

Learn Online  ​This website is a vocational training resource hub for health practitioners.​
Learning Radiology   ​

This website provides information on learning the basics of Radiology.​


​Lippincott America have provided procedures for clinical staff for decades. The South Island Directors of Nursing have approved the use of online Lippincott procedures across the South Island Health System.​

Mauriora Health Education Research 

This site has a Foundational on-line Cultural Competency Course.​


Medsafe is an on-line library of prescriber updates and data sheets.​


This website provides drug and medication information.​

Ministry of Health Nursing in New Zealand ​

Here you can find information about the work nurses are doing to develop and enhance health services in New Zealand.​

New Zealand Blood Transfusion Service Handbook

The Transfusion Medicine Handbook is designed to assist health professionals in modern Transfusion Medicine Practice.​

New Zealand Formulary  ​

The NZF is a resource providing healthcare professionals with clinically validated medicines information and guidance on best practice.​

Nurse Oncology Education Programme (NOEP)

Nurse Oncology Education Programme (NOEP) provides FREE evidence-based continuing education to nurses on cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship. Their goal is to educate all nurses to create changes in nursing practice.  They partner with expert nurse clinicians and faculty from leading academic institutions to develop cutting edge programs, and conduct post-education evaluation and outcome measurement follow up to ensure those programs are effective. Programmes include: Breast cancer, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer. Note this is an American site and some procedures may differ from care in New Zealand. ​

Nursing Council of New Zealand  ​

For enquiries regarding registration, competence requirements, scopes of practice etc.​

Nursing Entry to Practice  

The NetP Programme is designed to support newly qualified Registered Nurses in their first year of practice.​

Nursing Times On-line Training and Education Packages​

Nursing Times Learning offers on-line nurse training courses that are written and reviewed by experts.​

Post Graduate Study Otago University  ​

The Centre is committed to providing relevant courses for nurses wanting to complete post graduate study.​

Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP)  ​

This website contains all information on the processes for nurses applying for the Professional Development Recognition Programmes.​

Stroke Resources

​This learning resource is based on the Stroke Core Competencies which were published in 2005. It focuses on a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care. Free to register.  

The Red Book  ​

This is the Haematology departmental protocols and guidelines covering all aspects of the Haematology Department's activity.​


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Page last reviewed: 19 July 2022