CPD Education Packages

This page lists online education packages useful to early career nurses.

Though many of these courses may offer a certificate on completion and may even be integrated into formal tertiary education programs, these courses have been curated to be of a length and cost reflecting their CPD nature. Please see our Postgraduate Courses page for recommendations for more in-depth courses that confer either a tertiary or professional qualification.

The courses listed here run the gamut of community through to intensive/critical care settings, reflecting the connection of these clinical areas in holistic care and the diverse practice of early career nurses and nursing students. At this stage there is minimal psychiatric nursing content outside of Emergency Department, delirium and older person mental health in acute settings contexts. Suggestions for resources relevant to psychiatric nursing are welcome as their absence merely reflects the dearth of professional psychiatric nursing experience in the Nurse Zed team (much the same can be said for operating room nursing and midwifery).

Due to the length of the page it is suggested that users use the search in page function of their browser (usually Ctrl+F or ⌘+F) if they wish to find specific topics.

Courses with a specific or significant focus on COVID-19 are indicated with the following icon:

Some courses may have originally been designed for other health professions but have relevance for nurses. These courses are indicated with the following icon:

Please note that some of these courses attract fees, which may be claimable on your tax. These courses are indicated with the following icon:

Nurse Zed receives no financial or personal benefit in recommending these courses.


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Queensland Clinical Skills Development ServiceLearnEMNPS Medicinewise
British Medical JournalMedcastAusmed
Royal College of Nursing (UK) RCNi LearningAustralian Primary Nurses Association (APNA)ThinkGP
Nursing CPD InstituteRemote Area Health Corps (RAHC)National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)
Lung Foundation AustraliaNational Cancer Nursing Education Project (EdCaN)eviQ Cancer Education
Cancer Council eLearningJean HailesCentre for Remote Health

Queensland Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS)

Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Adults

Chest Drain Course for Nurses

An Introduction to Chest Radiographs

Defibrillation and other uses for the defibrillator

Oxygen Therapy

Six Rights to Medication Administration Safety

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Master CPD Page

EM (Emergency Medicine) on the EDGE (Nursing)

ABCDs of Acute Behavioural Emergencies

ABCDs of the Critically Ill Child

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NPS Medicinewise

National Standard Medications Chart Course

Medication Safety Training

Quality use of medicines: for health professional students

Medical Tests

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British Medical Journal

Master CPD Page

The Elderly Patient

The Sick Child

Intravenous Therapy

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Critical Care Nursing

High Dependency Nursing

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Master CPD Page

Medication safety and knowledge:

Infection Control:

Diabetes Mellitus:

Clinical Deterioration:

Pathophysiology and Case Studies:

Wound Care:

Falls Prevention:


Ethical Care:

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Royal College of Nursing (UK) RCNi Learning

Master CPD Page

Pathophysiology and disease management courses:

Care of the elderly, dementia patients and other vulnerable persons:

Emergency care:

General nursing skills:

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Australian Primary Nurses Association (APNA)

Some courses are free to non-members; most courses are heavily reduced or free with membership of APNA.

Master CPD Page

Building Dementia Practice in Primary Care:

Mental Health in Primary Care:

Diabetes Management in the Primary Care Setting:

Technical Skills:

Non-technical Skills:

Primary Care Nursing and Health Promotion:


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Master CPD Page

Case Study Quizzes

COVID-19 Coronavirus in Australia

Asthma in Australia modules

Haemochromatosis modules

Common eye problems

Diagnosis and management of Chronic Heart Failure/Congestive Cardiac Failure (CHF/CCF) in General Practice

Managing iron deficiency, including iron deficiency anaemia, in adult patients

Recurrent UTIs and prophylaxis in the era of antibiotic resistance


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):

Skin Cancer:

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Nursing CPD Institute

Master CPD Page

Clinical and Ethical Nursing Skills:

Wounds and Pressure Injuries:

Pathophysiology and Clinical Management:

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Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC)

Master CPD Page

  • Introduction to Indigenous Health
  • Communication and Education
  • Chronic Conditions Management
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Maternity
  • Major Incident Management
  • Managing Medical Emergencies
  • Trachoma
  • Ear Health
  • Oral Health
  • Primary Eye Care Checks
  • Eye Health and Diabetes
  • Managing Scabies and Crusted Scabies
  • Sexual Health in a Primary Health Care Setting
  • Machado Joseph Disease (MJD)
  • Mandatory Reporting of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Northern Territory About Giving Vaccine up-skilling
  • Introduction to Remote Driving
  • Trachoma Grading
  • Trichiasis Grading
  • Introduction to Remote Scope of Practice

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National Diabetes Services Scheme

National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

NB: This website is poorly designed; the information relevant here is at the bottom of the page, but clicking the link to find out more will take users directly to a login/register page. The course contains the following module topics:

  • Diabetes pathophysiology, prevention, screening and diagnosis
  • Blood glucose and ketone monitoring
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Oral glucose-lowering medications
  • Injectable diabetes medications
  • Diabetes-related macrovascular conditions
  • Diabetes-related microvascular conditions
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Pregnancy and diabetes
  • Bariatric-metabolic surgery
  • Diabetes in children and young people
  • Supporting diabetes self-management
  • Diabetes management in hospital
  • Cultural safety.

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Lung Foundation Australia

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD/COAD) Nurse Online Training

The respiratory system and COPD


COPD Medicines

Prevent deterioration of COPD

Manage exacerbations of COPD

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National Cancer Nursing Education Project (EdCaN)

Case studies

Supporting and nursing care resources

Breast Cancer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) People and Lung Cancer

Entry to Specialty Program

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eviQ Cancer Education

Antineoplastic drug administration

Supportive care courses

Radiation oncology

Paediatric oncology and care

Best practice management of lung cancer

Primary brain tumour overview

Clinical and Community Practice:

Rapid Learning Courses: (complete list)

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Cancer Council eLearning

Occupational carcinogen exposure and cancer

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Jean Hailes

Fertility, infertility and preconception

Jean Hailes’s curated list of CPD related to women’s health, sexual health, continence, family planning and contraception, vulvovaginal health including genital dermatology, cervical screening, and working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

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Centre for Remote Health

Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses (RANs)

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