New eLearning module launched to help tackle Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Indigenous population

The first free online training resource to assist health professionals across Australia understand Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) was launched at Parliament House in Darwin by the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Federal Member for Lingiari and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health.  The eLearning module, the first of its kind for MJD, was developed by Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) in conjunction with the Machado Joseph Disease Foundation (MJDF).

All health professionals will have 24/7 access to the new  MJD online eLearning module through the RAHC website ( where the latest module will join with 15 other Indigenous health modules developed over the past number of years. Like the other modules in the suite, the new MJD module is free and approved for continuous professional development points (CPD). The module will be a great resource for those preparing to work remote and faced with seeing a patient with Machado Joseph Disease for the first time or those interested in Indigenous health in general.

Tanya Brunt, RAHC National Manager, said, “We provide support to urban-based health professionals so that they have the confidence to undertake short-term paid placements in remote Indigenous communities. As part of our support and training we have developed a suite of free eLearning modules that all health professionals can access at any time across smart devices.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with the Machado Joseph Disease Foundation to launch the MJD eLearning module, which tackles the hereditary neuro-degenerative condition of MJD. With the growing numbers of Indigenous Australians affected by MJD, and the number of those ‘at risk’ increasing, we are happy to provide a more efficient way to meet the education needs of clinics and hospitals. Through improving education for health professionals our hope is that in a few years this disease is eradicated and is a thing of the past,” she added.

The eLearning module takes around 2-3 hours to complete and covers aspects of MJD such as genetic features and prevalence, symptom management such and social and emotional wellbeing.

The MJD module has been developed to meet criteria for Continuing Professional Development programs with:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 5 category 2 QI&CPD points
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) 2.5 hours of PDP
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

You can have a look at the new MJD eLearning module added to our suite of eLearning modules by clicking here.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016