Professional Development Plans (PDP) are a tool to help make sure the CPD we do is relevant and useful.
Templates for PDPs may be provided by CPD homes.
Time spent doing – and reviewing – a PDP counts towards the 50 CPD hours required each year, as a performance measurement activity. PDPs should not take long to complete and do not need to be a complicated document.
Through updated CPD, doctors in Australia will do 50 hours CPD each year, split across a range of activities:
You need to do CPD that is relevant to your scope of practice. Your CPD home will help with this.
All CPD programs will also include some core content on:
Here are some examples of different activities in each type of CPD. This list is not exhaustive, so talk with your CPD home about your ideas about what activities are relevant. There may be things you are already doing at work or for your employer that CPD homes will recognise as CPD and which will count towards your CPD hours.
AMC-accredited specialist medical colleges can propose ‘high-level requirements’ for CPD that are specialty specific and additional to minimum CPD requirements set by the Board.
Specialist high-level requirements ensure consistency in the CPD programs offered by different CPD homes for medical practitioners with certain specialty/field of specialty practice.
Setting specialist high-level CPD requirements is optional. Each AMC-accredited specialist medical college decides what, if any, high-level CPD is necessary to maintain safe practice in their relevant specialty.
For example, a college may set specialist high-level CPD requirements for basic or advanced life support at least once every three years. CPD homes must ensure any specialist high-level requirements are included in your program.
The specialist high-level requirements for 2023 are below. They may be updated annually, in time to plan for the next year’s CPD.