Continuing professional development (CPD) resources for healthcare providers

Key points about CPD resources for healthcare providers

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about maintaining and enhancing your knowledge and expertise throughout your career.
  • This page has a range of general resources to help healthcare providers keep up with rapidly growing medical knowledge and technological change.
  • Resources include podcasts, textbooks, and videos.
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The following e-learning courses for clinicians provide opportunities for online continuing professional development. You can find more courses on individual topic pages.

A podcast is a pre-recorded programme available for download so you can listen or watch on your computer or mobile phone.

To listen to podcasts, you need to download or access podcasting software. There are many free or commercial podcasting applications available, some are pre-loaded on your phone or computer like Apple Podcasts. Others are Spotify, Google Podcasts and plenty more.

You might like to listen to these health-related podcasts like:

Recommend a podcast

Contact us to recommend other high quality podcasts we should add. 


Free Medical Books 4 Doctors(external link) is a excellent resource with a large range of medical textbooks for free.

Tools for Practice from the Alberta College of Family Physicians(external link) Clinical questions discussed


Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics(external link) - produced by Duke University Medical Center's Division of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with Data Trace Internet Publishing, LLC is made available online for free and is said to be "the most comprehensive, unparalleled, dynamic online medical textbook in existence." There are over 11,000 pages with more than 5,000 images and a range of easy to search formats.

Medical databases

Medical Mneumonics(external link) is a free, non-profit, online searchable database to help remember important lists.


The Instant Anatomy website(external link) includes a range of podcasts, video podcasts, health apps and brain games to help any health professionals or students refresh their knowledge of anatomy. Website developed by Dr Robert Whitaker, a paediatric urological surgeon who now teaches anatomy to students and doctors.

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Clinical education resources from articles to recorded webinars, all supporting equitable access to funded medicines. These include:

Do you have a clinical question and wondering how to find a reliable, up to date article that answers your question?

For a brief search, start with PubMed(external link). PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals. In most cases, an abstract is available and some even link to the full article.

Sign up for regular emails of the most relevant and useful studies, reviews, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines tailored to your areas of interest. EvidenceAlerts is provided by BMJ Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit.  

Popular journals

Receive emails of the table of contents of your favourite journals

Nursing Council of NZ(external link) Continuing Competence Framework
RNZCGP(external link) College Educational Programmes including AVE and MOPS

Part of the work of the Health Navigator Charitable Trust is contributing to workshop development. Here you will find links to the conferences and some of the more recent workshops that are planned or have been held.

Exploring Māori and Pacific led digital health

HiNZ Special Report: Tihi Hauora Matihiko 2023(external link)

Long-Term Conditions Virtual Forum 2022


  • Welcome to conference (Carmela Petanga) Watch now(external link)
  • Keynote 1. Long-term conditions and the interim Health New Zealand health plan (Keriana Brooking)
    Watch now (external link) View slides
  • Southern Lakes innovation in primary care - an integrated wellbeing approach (Suzanne Aitken)
    Watch now(external link)
  • Gout stop programme – System change to improve quality of life for Māori living with gout arthritis in Whanganui (Angela Boswell, Anne Kauika, Mere Tua, Jo Mair) Watch now(external link)
  • Telepharmacy - a solution for integrating clinical pharmacists in general practice (Katrina Azer) Watch now(external link)
  • Better together collaboratives – Bringing practices together to improve delivery of care (Susan Wells) Watch now(external link)
  • Abstract Group 1 Q&A Panel (Suzanne Aitken, Angela Boswell, Katrina Azer, Susan Wells) Watch now(external link)
  • Keynote 2. The BBM project and model (Dave Letele) Watch now(external link)
  • Transition to home: A DHB led innovation project (Jewel Barlow-Armstrong, Professor Matthew Parsons, Graham Guy) Watch now(external link)
  • Osteoarthritis In Aotearoa New Zealand: The case for alternative models of care and different thinking under health reforms (Richard Griffiths, Philip Kearney) Watch now(external link)
  • Empowering people towards wellness (Miranda Whitwell, Annabelle Ocinnseala) Watch now(external link)
  • Meeting people where they are - psychosocial cancer support (Lizzie Waring, Amanda Tristram) Watch now(external link)
  • Abstract Group 2 Q&A Panel (Professor Matthew Parsons, Jewel Barlow-Armstrong, Miranda Whitwell, Annabelle O Cinnseala, Lizzie Waring, Richard Griffiths, Philip Kearney, Amanda Tristram) Watch now(external link)
  • Keynote 3. Turning the spotlight on the hau in hauora (Kiri Prentice) Watch now(external link)
  • Act F.A.S.T. – A community led approach to improving stroke outcomes (Meisha Nicolson, Julia Rout, Soyra Loza, Tammy Potini) Watch now(external link)
  • Development of an on-line group pain management programme in Aotearoa NZ: iSelf-Help (Barbara Saipe) Watch now(external link)
  • Te Kete Haerenga - your toolkit for wellbeing (Janine Bycroft, Karōria Johns) Watch now(external link)
  • A health quality measures library to inform improvements in care (Tony Mottershead) Watch now(external link)
  • Abstract Group 3 Q&A Panel (Meisha Nicolson, Julia Rout, Janine Bycroft, Karōria Johns, Barbara Saipe, Tony Mottershead) Watch now(external link)
  • Pae Ora Discussion Panel (Riana Manuel, Carmela Petagna, Janine Bycroft) Watch now(external link)
  • Virtual Forum Round-Up (Janine Bycroft, Karōria Johns) Watch now(external link)

Long-Term Conditions Forum 2020

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora's Long-Term Conditions Forum for DHBs and Primary Care was held in Wellington on 27–28 February 2020. The purpose was be showcase examples of innovative programmes that are improving outcomes for Māori and Pacific people, integrating care across services, consumer-centric care and improving mental wellbeing from across the country.

View videos of presentations here.(external link)

NZ Respiratory Conference 2018

 The New Zealand Respiratory Conference was an annual event that bought together local and international experts to present on the latest respiratory topics. The conference was organised by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and co-hosted by Allergy New Zealand.

Day 1:

Day 1: GP Respiratory Update

Day 2: 

NZHIT Summit – 2030 and beyond

Below is a full list of speakers who presented on the day, with links to their presentations. 
To view the videos from the summit click here(external link) and enter this password: nzhitsummit

Shayne Hunter(external link) Deputy-director general, data and digital, Ministry of Health, NZ
Anna Elders(external link) Clinical lead for Just a Thought, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Tamaki Health, Chair eMental Health Industry Group, NZ
Lloyd McCann(external link) CEO and Head of Digital Health, Mercy Radiology/Healthcare Holdings Limited, NZ
Dr Will Reedy(external link) Chief executive officer, Spark Health, NZ
Darren Douglass(external link) GM digital strategy & investment, data & digital, Ministry of Health, NZ
Professor Anil Thapliyal(external link) eMental health lead, Centre for eHealth, Auckland University of Technology, executive director eMental Health International Collaborative (eMHIC) and CEO Health TRx Ltd
Maian Johnson(external link) Chief awesome officer, Ministry of Awesome, Christchurch, NZ
Katie Bhreatnatch, GM Customer & Regulatory Partnerships, Airways NZ
Dr Ganesh Nana(external link) Research director, BERL, NZ
Tamsin Bateman(external link) Investment manager, NZ Trade & Enterprise
Dr Sasha Kljakovic, Co-founder, Well Revolution, NZ
Elizabeth Berryman(external link) Founder & CEO, chnnl, NZ
Scott Arrol(external link) Chief executive officer, NZHIT – Introduction
Scott Arrol(external link) Chief executive officer, NZHIT – Opportunities Report Update‍

Have you ever thought about completing a short course, special interest paper, post-graduate certificate or diploma? The options are extensive with most universities, unitecs and nursing schools offering various courses. Here are just a few with a focus on prevention or long-term conditions to give you some ideas.

University of Auckland

University of Otago

Unitec NZ

Auckland University of Technology

Massey University

Whitireia Polytechnic

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