2020 MyCPD Framework

The Medical Board of Australia has stated that AHPRA will not take action if you cannot meet the CPD registration standard when you renew your medical registration this year. The MBA encourages medical practitioners to continue to do CPD that is relevant to their scope/s of practice where possible.

The Medical Council of New Zealand has resolved to waive recertification requirements for 2020.

The RACP will also not take action if you cannot meet CPD requirements in 2020.

The College acknowledges that many of you will complete a multitude of CPD activities this year, whether up-skilling in the use of telehealth for virtual consultations, reviewing online mental health resources, or of course vaccine development for those who are involved in immunology and infectious diseases research. The types of innovation we are seeing from our medical profession at present is perhaps the ultimate CPD. If you wish to record CPD throughout 2020, your record will remain open as usual.

RACP will continue to work with the MBA and the MCNZ regarding the 2021 CPD requirements.

In 2017 the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) released a final report from the Expert Advisory Group on re-validation. In response to this report, the Medical Board launched the Professional Performance Framework (PPF), which will create changes affecting all Australian registered medical practitioners.

To prepare Fellows to meet these future requirements and to reflect the current recertification requirements of the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), the CPD Committee elected to amend the MyCPD Framework. These amendments were approved by the College Education Committee. 

The RACP recognises that professional development needs to be personal, adaptable and appropriate to each Fellow’s context and scope of practice. Therefore, the MyCPD program  is designed to be a self-reporting tool with a flexible framework, encouraging specialists to self-accredit and record CPD activity relevant to their scope of practice.
For Fellows of the RACP, the MyCPD program follows the calendar year (1 January – 31 December) with records due by 31 March of the following year (e.g. 2020 MyCPD submission are due by 31 March 2021). The annual minimum CPD requirement is 100 credits.

The simplified Framework strengthens CPD by engaging Fellows in a range of CPD activities from three categories:

2020 MyCPD Framework (PDF, 1.6MB)
2020 examples of acceptable CPD evidence (PDF, 193KB)

*Each activity could involve peer review components and/or components that measure outcomes and that component of the activity could be claimable in Categories 2 or 3. When can I claim these as category 2 and 3 activities

When can I claim educational activities in categories 2 and 3?

Completing some activities listed in Category 1 may require you to engage in peer review or outcome measurement. Where this is the case, that component of the activity can be claimed in the relevant category. For example:

Your postgraduate studies may require you to collect and analyse data from your practice that leads to recommendations about practice, or data from a health unit that lead you to recommend changes to policy or practice. In this case the measuring outcomes element could be claimed as a Category 3 activity. The associated reading and research elements will remain as category 1 activities.

What constitutes peer review and when can I claim as a reviewer?

Peer review involves review of your performance/practice by your peers.

Generally, your peers will be other physicians with comparable or greater training and experience, however this can depend on a range of factors including what aspect of your practice you are reviewing. Many of your professional skills (communication, teaching etc.) may also be valuably reviewed by the nursing or allied health staff that you interact with regularly. Some specialties (e.g. Public Health, Occupational and Environmental medicine) and those who are predominantly academics or researchers may find non-physician peers better able to provide useful feedback on their performance.

The primary focus of peer review is seeking feedback from your peers on your own performance. However, you may also be asked to provide feedback on the performance of others. In some cases this can result in reflecting on your own practice and potentially making changes to your practice as a result of your review of others. In this case your peer review of others may also be claimable in MyCPD Category 2: Reviewing Performance.

Establishing peer review groups that meet regularly to review practice can provide valuable learning experiences. Peer review of practice and of specific cases can identify the strengths and weaknesses of particular approaches and identify potential changes to practice. Peer review can occur:

  • Between individual Physicians (including by isolated Physicians that organise periodic visits by peers or to connect with individuals or groups via teleconference/Skype/Zoom)
  • In hospital units or group practices
  • Through sole practitioners coming together on a regular basis
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