New CPD arrangements will start in January but anyone without a CPD home can continue to do CPD in 2023 under the current standard. There’s more detail in this Update. And a reminder in case you missed our thought-provoking recent discussions on the Taking care podcasts about cosmetic surgery, the care of patients experiencing family violence, and LGBTIQA+ communities’ experience with healthcare.
Dr Anne Tonkin
Chair, Medical Board of Australia
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The new CPD standard takes effect in January 2023. Your choice of CPD in 2023 depends on whether or not you have a CPD home and on the type of registration you have.
CPD homes will be accredited in 2022 and 2023 to support a 1 January 2024 start for all practitioners needing a CPD home.
Here’s a quick guide to your options.
If you are an intern or PGY2, you can
If you are a prevocational or unaccredited trainee (PGY3 +), you can
If you are an accredited specialist trainee, you can
Health services that employ international medical graduates (IMGs) in hospital-based positions might be interested in new guidance about alternative supervision options.
The Board’s Guidelines – Supervised practice for international medical graduates apply to all IMGs with limited or provisional registration. While the supervision levels in these guidelines reflect a general practice context, they allow hospitals employing IMGs to propose alternative supervision arrangements that reflect existing hospital supervision structures and protocols.
The new guidance – Information sheet – International medical graduate supervision in hospital-based positions – does not change the requirements in the guidelines. It provides a framework for hospitals to describe Level 1 or 2 supervision in their organisation, so they can more easily propose alternative supervision arrangements for IMGs in hospital-based positions. Each IMG must still have their supervision arrangements approved by the Board.
The Board welcomes feedback on the information sheet, which it will review within 12 months.
The information sheet and a revised Supervised practice plan and principal supervisor's agreement for IMGs with limited or provisional registration SPPA-30 are available on the IMG supervision page on the Board’s website.
Applications are open for medical practitioners and community members to fill vacancies on two medical boards.
Applications close Sunday 22 May 2022. More information is on Ahpra’s Statutory appointments page.
The Medical Board of Australia has approved the following:
CPD homes will provide CPD programs, support and guidance to doctors from 2023.
The Australian Medical Council (AMC) is consulting on proposed criteria that it will use to accredit CPD homes. Practitioners and organisations are invited to provide feedback to the AMC on the criteria by 1 June 2022. The consultation paper is available on the AMC’s website. Expressions of interest from organisations interested in applying to become a CPD home are also invited.
The Board thanks medical practitioners who were on the 2020 pandemic response sub-register (now closed) and reminds them to check their registration status.
Practitioners on the 2020 sub-register had to do one of the following before 5 April 2022:
If you had non-practising registration before being on the 2020 sub-register you have been returned to that registration type on the main register unless you have applied for general registration.
Practitioners who did nothing and allowed their registration to expire on 5 April 2022 are no longer registered.
If you opted in to extend your temporary registration it now expires at midnight on 21 September 2022, and you can practise to the full scope of your registration until that date. You appear on the register as being a practitioner on the 2021 pandemic response sub-register. As of 6 April 2022, there are 20,730 practitioners from 12 professions on the 2021 sub-register.
If you applied for registration on the main register and your application is still being assessed by Ahpra, your temporary registration will remain in effect and will be shown on the register until the application is decided and your details are updated. Your registration will continue to be limited to practice for the COVID-19 response, until you are advised about the outcome of your application.
More information is included in a news item on the Board’s website.
If you were on the 2020 sub-register and have a question about your registration, contact email@example.com.
Ahpra releases fortnightly episodes of the Taking care podcast, discussing current topics and the latest issues affecting safe healthcare in Australia. You can access these on the Ahpra website or listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and by searching ‘Taking care’ in your podcast player. Latest episodes:
The Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee has tabled its report on the inquiry into the Administration of registration and notifications by Ahpra and related entities under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
We actively engaged with the inquiry, with the Chair of the Board and representatives of Ahpra, the Agency Management Committee and Community Reference Group all appearing. There were public submissions and stakeholder appearances.
We will consider the recommendations directed to Ahpra and National Boards and contribute to the Australian Government response, as requested.
The report is available on the Inquiry web page.
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