The ACRRM Professional Development Program (PDP) provides members with access to a range of activities to enhance their clinical, management, and professional skills throughout their careers.

The ACRRM Professional Development portfolio is designed to allow self-reporting within a flexible framework to facilitate the recognition of day-to-day practice-based learning as well as traditional educational opportunities such as workshops, conferences and meetings.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide one Continuing Professional Development (CPD) home that will meet all requirements
  • Provide a flexible framework of activities
  • Recognise and respond to the scope and diversity of professional standards required of rural and remote GPs
  • Support members to fulfil their commitments to other professional bodies through cross-accreditation and communication

ACRRM Professional Development Program benefits

The ACRRM Professional Development Program (PDP) provides tools, guidelines and templates which can be used alongside traditional course and conference participation to help meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, improve practice and deliver the highest quality care to your patients and community. 

Once registered with the ACRRM Professional Development Program, College members have access to thousands of accredited activities throughout the triennium, delivered by ACRRM and other education providers.  An activity that has not been formally accredited can still be added it to the member's Professional Development portfolio for credit towards triennium requirements.

Peer review is also important at ACRRM and we actively encourage peer engagement and case-based discussion. This can be achieved through participation in the Connect@acrrm online communities of practice, attending face-to-face meetings and ad hoc discussions with fellow rural and remote General Practitioners.

You can also use the program's optional extra reporting through ACRRM's Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) to maintain procedural qualifications in areas such as anaesthetics and obstetrics.

Members who are not Fellows can also choose ACRRM as their CPD home,  and we make it easy to participate in our courses, workshops and programs through face-to-face and online learning tools.

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Program Requirements

There are three Continuing Professional Development (CPD) categories:

  • Educational activities
  • Performance review, and
  • Outcome measurement

Activities are measured in hours and participants need 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

To understand the vast variety of activities available in each CPD category, view the ACRRM Professional Development Program Activity Matrix below.

PDP Resources

View PDP handbook and policies. Making it easy to navigate your professional development.

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My Professional Development Portfolio

Using the PD Portfolio is a simple, secure, permanent method of recording CPD progress for the triennium. Users can add activities, view progress, search the ACRRM database of accredited activities, and print statements from the PD portfolio. We’ve also included a resources section with guidelines and templates for practice-based CPD activities.

In addition to collecting CDP credit for accredited activities (reported on participant's behalf by course providers), the PD portfolio is a useful self-reporting tool and a place to store evidence and reflective notes. Activities do not need to be formally accredited to claim CPD.

To record CPD activities, users simply select the activity type, complete a few short questions to describe the activity and record the time spent on it, to receive immediate CPD credit for most activities. Most self-entered activities can be edited by the user, giving more control over CPD records. 

Evidence of participation and reflective notes can be attached to the activity or stored elsewhere. In most cases, the Professional Development Portfolio will update immediately to show progress in each of the PDP categories. ACRRM will audit a percentage of PD portfolios per year and request evidence if it is not available in the PD portfolio.