CPD is an interactive process to maintain, enhance and extend a practitioner’s knowledge, expertise and competence throughout his or her career. It is a process of lifelong learning for all individual practitioners and health care teams that ensures a health practitioner’s knowledge and skill sets are up-to-date. The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities. CPD helps to ensure that the needs of patients are met and that the health outcomes and healthcare priorities of the community are delivered.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of CPD per year and a minimum of 60 hours over three years to maintain and improve their competence in their area of practice. The CPD activities claimed must be directed towards improving the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner’s competence and, of the 60 hours over three years, at least 45 hours are required to be formal CPD activities. The remainder may consist of informal CPD activities.
All practitioners must become familiar with the requirements of their CPD registration standard which is available on the Board’s website.