As we’re preparing to start a fresh year, new changes are coming to how you track and store your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. These modifications are set to take effect on 1 January 2024 to ensure a more seamless integration with your professional journey.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Designate your CPD Home by 1 January – think of your CPD Home as your compliance HQ. This will streamline the management of your CPD activities to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements.
- Craft a Personal Development Plan (PDP) annually – this plan will make sure that your CPD activities are actually relevant and align with your professional goals.
- Allocate 20 hours in core areas – while the yearly requirement remains at 50 hours, you’ll need to allocate a minimum of 20 hours to three core areas:
- Clinical practice
- Professional practice
- Quality improvement and patient safety
- CPR training every three years – CPR training remains a mandatory component of your CPD, requiring renewal every three years
Tracking and storing your CPD
Your chosen CPD Home will take care of the logistics, such as tracking your activities and keeping everything organised. However, it’s your responsibility to maintain records like certificates and completion dates.
Optional: Create a CPD portfolio
While not mandatory, crafting a CPD portfolio provides a unique opportunity to showcase your professional journey, like a highlight reel for your medical career.
Your next steps
- Choose your CPD Home – your college or an AMC-accredited non-college option
- Develop your Personal Development Plan (PDP)
- Track your CPD activities and maintain accurate records
- Complete 50 hours of CPD yearly, with 20 hours dedicated to core categories
- Don’t forget to refresh your CPR certification every three years
Feeling overwhelmed? For official information, visit the Australian Medical Board (AMB) website, and explore additional resources from the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
We’re here to support you every step of the way. Get in touch with us today to learn more about these CPD changes.