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Blog / For many GPs, CPD just got a whole lot harder
19 October 2023
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an integral part of a healthcare professional's journey, ensuring they stay up-to-date with the latest medical knowledge and maintain their clinical skills. Its importance to the Australian healthcare system and patient safety is underscored by the requirement that all healthcare professionals are required to undertake minimum CPD training each year to maintain their registration with AHPRA.
However, the changes introduced this year by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), has substantially increased the time commitment required from healthcare professionals - particularly GPs - to meet their minimum CPD obligations. In this article, we'll explore the changes in CPD requirements and discuss how CPD providers and sponsors can step in to support GPs on an ongoing basis.
This year, the MBA introduced a blanket requirement that all medical practitioners (i.e. GPs and specialists) are required to undertake 50 hours of CPD training each year.
Prior to this change, GPs were required to accumulate 130 “points” of CPD activity every 3 years. These points could be accumulated by engaging in either Category 1 (40 points) or Category 2 (2 points per hour) activities. A 6-hour interactive workshop, for example, could be a Category 1 activity.
As the table below illustrates, where a GP may have previously undertaken 38 hours of CPD training to fulfil their 3-years CPD obligations, under the new system that same time commitment only accounts for 25% of their 3-year CPD requirement.
The changes introduced this year by the Medical Board of Australia to medical practitioners' minimum CPD requirements bring with them the opportunity for CPD providers and sponsors to adapt their offerings to support GPs effectively.
By prioritising accessibility and convenience, providers and sponsors can become invaluable allies in helping GPs fulfill their professional obligations and continue delivering the best possible care to their patients. In a time when General Practice faces increasing demands, flexible and supportive CPD opportunities are more important than ever.