2019 MyCPD Framework

Your annual minimum CPD requirement is 100 credits, with each category capped at 60 credits. There is no requirement to record credits in all 3 categories.

For information about the 2019 MyCPD Framework changes, see 2019 MyCPD Changes FAQs.

MyCPD is a self-reporting tool. Specialists are encouraged to use their professional judgement when claiming CPD credits for activities that fall under categories relevant to their scope of practice.

Under each category, we've provided general examples of activities that you could claim MyCPD credits for.

Category 1: Educational Activities

1 credit per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Educational activities have traditionally been the major component of CPD and include activities such as lectures, presentations, conference attendance and reading that contribute to a doctor's maintenance, updating and broadening of their medical knowledge.

Examples:

*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

Category 2: Reviewing performance

3 credits per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Reviewing performance includes measures that focus on doctors’ actual work processes with feedback. The role of peers, co-workers and patients together with their feedback is critical in this process.

For detailed guidance and resources on reviews and audits, see Clinical Audit and Peer Review Ideas and Non-Clinical Audit and Peer Review Ideas.

Examples:

  • Creating / maintaining a professional development plan
  • Performance appraisal
  • Peer review / feedback / discussions of:
    • Performance e.g. Regular Practice Review**
    • Medical records
    • Cases, critical incidents, safety and quality reviews
    • Educational activities
    • Correspondence/reports
    • Supervision (also see supervisor self reflection and skills review tool)
    • Specialty specific competencies and activities including:
      • leadership
      • partnership building
      • stakeholder management
      • policy development
      • educational workshops
      • writing grants and publications
    • Communication including reports, letters, information leaflets and website material
    • Outbreak management
    • Workplace incidents
    • Laboratory safety
  • Multisource feedback from peers, medical colleagues, co-workers, patients, other health practitioners
  • Patient feedback / experience studies
  • Participation in the RACP Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)
  • Mentoring, involving review of performance **
  • Other activities that review performance
** Who claims in peer review activities - the person being reviewed, the reviewer, or both? 

Category 3: Measuring outcomes

3 credits per hour Maximum 60 credits per year

Measuring outcomes for most doctors includes investigating the outcomes of doctors' everyday work by analysing and reflecting on data about health outcomes.

For detailed guidance and resources on reviews and audits, see Clinical Audit and Peer Review Ideas and Non-Clinical Audit and Peer Review Ideas.

Examples:

  • Practice audits / clinical audits
  • Audit of:
    • Records
    • Medicolegal reports
    • Adherence to standards/guidelines/procedures
    • Cultural competency
    • Bullying/harassment
    • Practice (against appropriate curriculum standards)
    • Recommendations uptake
    • Worker assessment reports
    • Workplace assessment reports
    • Supervision
    • Standards of confidentiality
    • Site remediation
    • Effectiveness of stakeholder consultation; education sessions delivered; communicable disease notifications advised on; completed investigations, e.g. outbreak, environmental risk, workplace risk
    • Compliance with key legislation
    • Funding success
  • Incident reporting / monitoring / mortality and morbidity reviews
  • Comparison of individual/team data with local, institutional or regional data sets
  • Institution audits: hospital accreditation / immunisation program outcomes
  • Review of individual/team and comparative data from de-identified large datasets such as Medicare or PBS
  • Reflection on professional outcomes
  • Clinicopathological correlation meetings
  • Research and grant related activity, involving analysing and reflecting on health outcomes data
  • Development or evaluation contributions based on review of health data outcomes, such as workplace policy endorsement or new legislation
  • Other activities that measure outcomes
What evidence do I need to substantiate my claim? 

Download 2019 MyCPD Framework PDF

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

When recording peer review activities it is necessary to keep appropriate evidence. A peer review log is also available to assist in recording these activities.

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