Medical practitioners registered with the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) need to complete a minimum number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours that are relevant to their scope of practice.
The Board’s continuing professional development registration standard is accessible on the Registration Standards page of the Board’s website. This sets out the Board’s expectations in relation to CPD.
These frequently asked questions (FAQ) answer common questions about the different CPD requirements for the groups of general registrants only.
Medical practitioners who are engaged in any form of medical practice are required to participate in continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD must be relevant to your scope of practice so you can maintain, develop, update and enhance your knowledge, skills and performance and deliver appropriate and safe care.
CPD must include a range of activities to meet individual learning needs, including practice-based reflective elements, such as clinical audit, peer review or performance appraisal, as well as participation in activities to enhance knowledge such as courses, conferences and online learning. CPD programs of medical colleges accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) meet these requirements.
For CPD, general registrants fall into three groups.
TABLE 1 (below) shows the different CPD requirements and the relevant category of the CPD Registration Standard.
A member of RACGP or ACRRM can provide the following documents together with evidence of college membership. No other documents are needed.
The Board’s CPD registration standard requires medical practitioners who have general registration and are prevocational trainees or college vocational trainees to participate in supervised training and education programs associated with their position.
If you are a trainee in an Australian supervised training or education program you must provide either:
If you were a trainee in an overseas supervised Fellowship training or education program you must provide:
The Board’s CPD registration standard requires a self-directed program of 50 hours of CPD to be completed in the period from 1 October to 30 September each year. The 50 hours must include a mandatory practice-based self-assessed reflective element/activity of either: a clinical audit, OR a peer review OR a performance appraisal.
Please note: This is your reflection of one of your three mandatory elements/activities, not that of another practitioner.
You must submit documentation and evidence to substantiate the declaration you made when you renewed your registration, that you undertook the required 50 hours of CPD in the period from 1 October to 30 September in the year being audited including:
Your activities must be relevant to your scope of practice.
You must provide:
The coversheet is accessible on the Audit page of the Board’s website.
TABLE 2: Self-directed CPD program shows the types of acceptable evidence. You can access TABLE 2 as part of the coversheet on the Audit page of the Board’s website.
For recurrent activities, a signed summary statement from head of department or clinical director is acceptable.
If you are a general registrant who is a Member or Fellow of an accredited medical college then you must meet the standard for CPD set by the medical college (category 6 of the Board’s CPD registration standard).
If you are a Member or Fellow you must submit evidence of activities in the year being audited that you participated in a college program.
You must provide:
Please note: A Member or Fellow of the RACGP or ACRRM can provide the documents together with evidence of college membership as stated above in the section: Overview - CPD evidence requirements. No other documents are required.