The new Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) regulatory requirements
The MBA registration standards and MCNZ recertification standards aim to strengthen CPD and ensure all doctors are engaging in evidence based, relevant professional development, that support doctors to keep their competence and currency in their scope of practice.
For more information on the MBA CPD Registration Standard visit Medical Board of Australia
For more information on the MCNZ Recertification Requirements visit Medical Council of New Zealand
The introduction of CPD homes
The introduction of professional development plans (PDPs) for all doctors
A requirement for doctors to do different types of CPD to improve the value of their professional development.
A requirement for doctors to do 50 hours of CPD each year.
To fulfil the minimum CPD requirements as set out by the new standards/requirements you must:
participate in a program of an approved CPD home such as the CICM CPD Program accredited by the AMC and MCNZ
develop an annual professional development plan (PDP)
complete a minimum of 50 hours per year in the following types of CPD activities:
at least 12.5 hours of educational activities
at least 25 hours of activities focused on reviewing performance and measuring outcomes, with a minimum of five hours for each activity type
the remaining 12.5 hours of your choice across the three types of CPD.
Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows undertaking the MCNZ’s Recertification Requirements must also complete an Annual Structured Conversation. CICM has developed a template for your use.
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Activities that expand knowledge, skills, and attitudes, related to your scope of practice.
Individual focused activities: supervised practice, study towards formal qualifications, reading, viewing, listening to educational material
Group-focused activities: conferences, lectures, small group sessions, workshops
Not directly focused on practice: teaching, examining, assessing, supervising, and mentoring, preparing patient education materials, committees for educations and research, clinical guideline development
Activities that use data to ensure quality results.
Individual focused activities: audit focused on individual practice, incident reports
Group focused activities: audit (team, national, international), case conferences and M&M meetings, multi-disciplinary team meetings
Not directly focused on clinical practice: drafting reports on healthcare outcomes
Activities that require reflection on feedback.
Individual focused activities: professional development plan (PDP), multi-source feedback, Workplace performance appraisal, self-evaluation/reflection
Not directly focused on clinical practice: hospital accreditation visits (team leader and team member), medico legal work (report writing, expert witness)
A professional development plan (PDP) is a plan covering your learning goals relevant to your current and intended scope of practice. It also outlines how you plan to achieve the goals. It includes self-evaluation of your goals and achievements from the previous CPD cycle and CPD activities you have planned to achieve your goals for the coming year.
Embedded into your PDP will be a reflection on how to incorporate cultural safety, addressing health inequalities, professionalism, and ethical practice into your development plan.
CICM is working on making it easy for you to complete your PDP through a guided template. We will let you know when this is available.
A CPD home is an organisation accredited by MBA accreditation authority, the Australian Medical Council (AMC), to provide a CPD program for medical practitioners.
A CPD home must:
provide infrastructure to house medical practitioners’ CPD program/s
publish details of requirements, content/activities and fees associated with the provision of its CPD program/s
ensure the relevance and developmental value of its CPD activities
provide advice and support to practitioners on CPD requirements and relevant CPD activities
report to the MBA on compliance with CPD requirements
be accredited by the AMC and report on compliance within the accreditation criteria
A CPD home may also generate CPD activity content. To fulfil the MBA’s CPD minimum standard, you need to take part in a program run by an approved CPD home accredited by the AMC.
CICM is a CPD home with extensive experience in providing evidence based, professional development opportunities for intensive care specialists. As a CPD home, we will also offer CPD services to medical practitioners not undertaking specialist training with another college.
If you are an CICM member you have free access to the CPD program as part of your membership. If you would like to become a member and make the CICM your CPD Home, visit our website today or contact our Member Services team.
CPD is recognised in many forms, and some of what you do in your everyday practice will contribute to your CPD hours. Check out the types of activities that may be recognised as CPD – CICM 2023 CPD Activity Framework
Yes. CPD homes must have an audit system in place to review the quality of activity submissions. The MBA requires that CPD homes audit 5% of its CPD activities. The frequency and volume of checks are yet to be decided.
Yes. The MBA requires all doctors on the medical register to complete the CPD requirements relevant to their registration type, regardless of whether you are practising full-time or part-time.
From 2024 CICM will be introducing a triennium to support CICM Fellows and others completing the CICM CPD program to meet CICM’s high level requirements and program requirements.
CICM will be undertaking a consultation process from December 2022 to July 2023 to gain member’s feedback on appropriate high-level requirements and program requirements* for the scope of intensive care medicine.
More information will follow shortly.
Please note that the minimum requirements must be completed annually.
* The specialist high-level requirements will describe any education, performance review or outcome measurement activities that must be included in a specialist’s CPD program. The high-level requirements will describe any education, performance review or outcome measurement activities that must be included in a specialist’s CPD program.
The specialist high-level requirements will be linked to specific outcomes to maintain practice. High-level requirements are not expected to be specific courses/content, but a broad requirement that can be completed through several different providers or in several different ways. The high-level requirements will be developed by the AMC-accredited specialist medical colleges and published by the Medical Board of Australia.
For more information visit Medical Board of Australia Professional Development Plans & Types of CPD and scroll down to specialist high-level CPD requirements