The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is introducing new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements under its Professional Performance Framework.  The ACRRM Professional Development Program has changed to support members and Fellows to meet evolving regulatory requirements.

There are three CPD categories - Educational activities, Performance review and Outcome measurement.

Activities are measured in hours and participants are required to achieve 150 hours per triennium (50 hours per year) made up of the following:

  • 25% from Educational activities
  • 25% from Performance review
  • 25% from Outcome measurement
  • Remaining 25% can be any of the above

PDP 2020 - 2022 Framework Explained

User Case Studies

Read a selection of case studies to show how to complete required hours, based on different profiles (locums, proceduralists, rural generalists etc).

PDP Handbook

Read the new 2020-22 triennium handbook under the Medical Board’s Professional Performance Framework

Activities

Educational activity

This category includes lectures, presentations and meetings as well as distance education and self-directed learning and helps to maintain, update and broaden your medical knowledge.

Performance review

Reviewing performance includes measures that analyse and reflect on your actual work processes. This often includes feedback from peers, colleagues and patients.

Outcome measurement

Measuring outcomes can involve reviewing practice data and reflecting on your patients’ health outcomes in activities such as clinical audit, morbidity and mortality meetings and practice analytics.

Life Support

A life support course is required once every triennium (Advanced Life Support for ACRRM Fellows and Basic Life Support for non-Fellows.) This will also count towards the Educational activities category.

ACRRM Fellows are required to complete Advanced Life Support (ALS) training in each triennium as part of their compliance for CPD. To comply, an Advanced Life Support activity congruent with the Australian Resuscitation Council ALS guidelines must be completed.

Please note - ALS courses must be a minimum of six hours long, include pre and post reflective activities, have a robust assessment process and provide members with the following skills and knowledge:

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach (aiming to prevent cardiac arrest)
  • Treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, including manual defibrillation
  • Management of life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Preparing and planning for post resuscitation care
  • Care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as asthma, anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover
  • Consideration for end of life decision making

Log your activity

The College recognises that not all CPD is a formal activity. We have redesigned the Professional Development Portfolio to be flexible and user friendly to encourage the recording of everyday learning, as well as more structured CPD events.

In the new triennium, the Professional Development Portfolio will calculate your completed hours in real time as soon as an activity is added and instantly display progress towards triennium requirements. CPD evidence can be stored in the Professional Development Portfolio or elsewhere, but if users are selected for random audit, evidence will be required.

ACRRM will audit 10% of Professional Development Portfolios annually.

Maintenance Of Professional Standards

MOPS reporting is optional, and the Professional Development Portfolio will continue to allow recording of CPD hours spent on education to maintain qualifications in areas such as anaesthetics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, etc.

Activities undertaken to complete MOPS requirements will also count toward the main CPD categories.

Accredited courses

As well as providing College-led activities, ACRRM will continue to accredit quality education from external providers and facilitate direct reporting of member attendance to the College. Non-accredited activities can be added to the Professional Development Portfolio at any time.

FAQs

For the 2020-2022 ACRRM will retain the triennium structure and 150 hours of CPD is required by the end of 2022. A strict allocation of 50 hours a year is not mandatory, but we strongly encourage members to undertake CPD regularly rather than leaving it until the end of the cycle, and to form the habit of regularly recording CPD activities. Given that you can now count your day-to-day learning such as reviewing your patient notes or having a clinical discussion with your colleagues, most members will already be completing more than 50 hours per year but simply haven’t had an easy way to record it. Use your Professional Development Portfolio to log your activity hours and keep track of what you have done.

For most activities, reflective notes with a description of the process undertaken and any learnings/ changes to practice is acceptable as evidence. You can use the reflective notes field in our Professional Development Portfolio and/or upload a certificate, letter from a third party (hospital admin, teaching organisation etc) confirming your participation. You can also use the templates provided in your Professional Development Portfolio where applicable. For conferences and courses a certificate of attendance is preferred.

Yes, the handbook has descriptions of the common activities in each category.

Please log in with your ACRRM username and password and go to your Professional Development Portfolio. There is a link to CPD Resources on the summary page. Only current members of the College who are enrolled in the ACRRM Professional Development Program will have access. Not registered? Join PDP here.

The locum improvement tool is a resource which aims to provide suggestions for areas of improvement from both the locum to the practice and vice versa. This could include, for example feedback on communication, investigation, record keeping, scheduling and prescribing. This is now available in the resources section of your Professional Development portfolio.

Feedback can be accepted from all practice members, patients and other health professionals that you interact with. Patient feedback can also be undertaken and logged as a separate activity.

ACRRM recognises the whole spectrum of peer review, including informal general clinical discussions, planned case-based discussion sessions with one or more colleagues (face to face or online), and structured direct observation of clinical practice. Peer review guidelines and templates for Direct observation of clinical practice and Case-based discussion are available in your Professional Development portfolio. These are meant to be used as a guide to give you some ideas and are not prescribing how you must do these activities. Use them as much or as little as you choose. You can log all of these activities directly into your Professional Development Portfolio by using the 'Add activity' feature. This opens a short online form where you can record the details of your activity for instant credit. Evidence can be the templates provided in your portfolio for the more structured activities, or simply completing the description and reflective notes sections when adding the activity.

Coming soon are the Community of Practice forums within Connect@ACRRM. We are building dedicated forum spaces for case-based discussion and will advise all members when this feature is available.

Yes, your time reviewing cases and reflecting on how you manage them counts towards your hours. It could be counted as either performance review or outcome measurement, depending on the focus of your review. Were you looking at your performance, or the outcome or both? You can choose which category to log this under in your Professional Development Portfolio, but the total hours should be apportioned appropriately, not counted twice.

Case-based discussion is generally counted in the performance review section, but if you are also reflecting on your outcomes and how to improve practice, it could be logged as an outcome measurement activity instead. You could use the 'Other' classification and add notes to the reflective notes section to detail how you have measured your outcomes during the activity.

Please see the PDP Handbook and user cases for ideas. Case-based discussion and reviewing your own patient notes may be useful options as they don’t rely of volume of practice.

ACRRM Fellows are required to complete Advanced Life Support (ALS) training in each triennium as part of their compliance for CPD. To comply, an Advanced Life Support activity congruent with the Australian Resuscitation Council ALS guidelines must be completed.

Please note - ALS courses must be a minimum of six hours long, include pre and post reflective activities, have a robust assessment process and provide members with the following skills and knowledge:

  • Recognition, assessment and management of the deteriorating patient using a structured ABCDE approach (aiming to prevent cardiac arrest)
  • Treat cardiac and/or respiratory arrest, including manual defibrillation
  • Management of life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Preparing and planning for post resuscitation care
  • Care for the deteriorating patient or patient in cardiac and/or respiratory arrest in special circumstances such as asthma, anaphylaxis, and pregnancy
  • Lead a team, work as a team member, and use structured communication skills including giving an effective handover
  • Consideration for end of life decision making