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How CPD has changed & how you can easily meet the new requirements

Paul Elmslie explains how CPD has changed for doctors in Australia, what you must do to comply & how HealthCert helps you meet requirements.

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Do you know how the CPD requirements have changed for doctors practising in Australia in 2023, and what you need to do to comply? Paul Elmslie, Founder & CEO of HealthCert Education, provides a comprehensive explanation of the CPD changes, what they mean for doctors, and how HealthCert can help you meet your annual requirements in a few easy steps.

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How has CPD changed?

The Medical Board of Australia changed CPD requirements from January 2023 for all medical practitioners registered with AHPRA. All practitioners need to take steps to comply.

Previously, doctors needed to accrue a certain number of CPD points over a triennium. Now you must now complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD hours per year across three different types of activities:

  • A minimum of 12.5 hours of educational activities
  • A minimum of 25 hours of performance review and outcome measurement activities (with a minimum of 5 hours of each).
  • The remaining 12.5 hours is your choice from the 3 types of CPD activity.

You must also develop a written professional development plan at the beginning of the year and align your CPD goals with that plan. Life support is still required for GPs every 3 years.

What are the different CPD activity types?

In the video, Paul explains in detail what each of the CPD activities include and the types of pursuits you may complete under each category to meet the annual requirements.

Educational activities include traditional learning activities. These activities are knowledge- and skills-based and aim to expand your medical toolkit. This includes attending workshops and conferences or learning in practice when reading the latest medical journal or listening to a webinar or podcast.

Performance review activities require receiving and reflecting on feedback about your work. This can be in the form of case discussions with peers, participating in practice meetings, or developing clinical guidelines.

Outcome measurement activities involve using work data to ensure quality results. It's measuring the outcomes of your practice. The traditional outcome measurement CPD activity is clinical audits, whereby you complete some learning, recall patients, apply the new learning to the patients, and then reflect on how that has changed your treatment of those patients based on the new learnings. Other activities that fall into outcome measurement category include patient feedback, practice meetings that involve review of practice processes and services or participating in medical trials or investigations.

How can HealthCert help with CPD?

HealthCert Education – Australia's top provider of CPD education – provides your one-place solution to easily meet your annual 50 hours CPD requirement and acquire valuable skills for your practice.

We have made it as simple as possible for you, with all your CPD tracked and managed in one place.

Option 1: Complete one single HealthCert certificate course!

In response to the recent CPD changes, all HealthCert certificate courses have been redesigned to consist of short stand-alone education modules including performance review and options for outcome measurement activities.

Doctors can hence gain valuable learning in a specific area of medicine and meet all their annual CPD requirements with the completion of one single certificate course from $1,495.

All HealthCert Professional and Advanced Certificates meet the minimum 50 hours annual CPD requirement with the addition of an outcome measurement activity (clinical audit or PDSA). The Professional Diploma courses meet the minimum 50 hours annual CPD requirement and include all three activity types!

Option 2: Join HealthCert 365 for CPD made easy!

Alternatively, doctors can join HealthCert 365 and build a personalised professional development program by selecting from over 2,000+ hours of accredited CPD to meet your annual requirement. The easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface allows you to select from over 200 CPD activities based on your interests and career goals and to stay on track with your CPD via automated progress reports and reminders.

For a small monthly fee of $83 (paid annually), you can access HealthCert's university-assured certificate course content and upgrade your learning through the add-on of a practical workshop at a small additional fee anytime. 14-day free trial included!

Save $200 when you join HealthCert 365 before 31 March 2023 at

Watch all this and much more in the full video above.

We are here to help with your CPD requirements. If you would like support with managing your CPD in 2023 and beyond, please get in touch with one of our Education Advisors!


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