Continuing Professional Development for doctors
The RACGP Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI & CPD) program is internationally recognised and supports the development and maintenance of GP skills and lifelong learning. The program underpins the delivery of high quality medical services to the Australian community.
The RACGP QI & CPD program is recognised by many organisations including AHPRA and Medicare. GPs and other doctors are able to meet the formal requirements of their medical registration (AHPRA), to access preferential rates from the national health insurance scheme (Medicare) and to achieve career credentials required in a number of other situations.
Participation in the RACGP QI & CPD program offers many advantages to doctors:
- All practising doctors are able to meet the CPD requirements for renewal of their medical registration (AHPRA). This includes both clinicians, and doctors working in non-clinical fields e.g. management, education, research advisory, regulatory or policy development
- Recognised GPs can meet their Medicare requirements for CPD points, ensuring they are able to attract the A1 higher rebates
- Doctors with a specific interest e.g. medical acupuncture, women’s health, radiology or mental health can meet the requirements allowing them access to specific item rebates (Medicare)
- Assists your employer with Practice Accreditation
- Enhances your professional profile when making job applications
- Effective efficient administration
- Easy access to your points summary at any time
For more information on the QI&CPD program and how to gain points, please refer to the QI&CPD website.
QI&CPD Program 2014–16 triennium
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you receive as a QI&CPD participant with the RACGP?
The RACGP is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents both urban and rural general practitioners. The RACGP is also the only medical college that offers the profession the opportunity to maintain QI&CPD only participant status.
As a participant in the RACGP’s QI&CPD program, you receive:
- Efficient CPD points tracking to meet Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- Access to an extensive range of accredited organisations and thousands of accredited activities that best suit your education needs and interests
- Individualised support from state faculties and national office throughout the program
- Access to highly regarded RACGP publications, Australian Family Practice and Good Practice
- Access to a continually expanding QI-CPD Program providing increased services
- Access to current and relevant education to your scope of practice
- Access to RACGP developed resources, including the Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (8th edition), and Interpretive guide to the RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) for Aboriginal community controlled health services
How have the 2014–16 QI&CPD Program fees been derived?
In the past, the fee rate for QI&CPD was not reflective of the costs associated with the delivery of the program and as such the RACGP has decided to raise the fee for QI&CPD participants to align with the real cost of delivering a highly regarded QI&CPD Program.
The QI&CPD participant fee also allows the RACGP to maintain and improve the delivery, development and expansion of the QI&CPD Program for all its members.
Do I have to use the RACGP’s CPD system?
In order to maintain specialist recognition as a GP, and therefore vocational recognition by Medicare Australia and AHPRA, all medical practitioners are required to undertake and maintain CPD status as a member of a specialist college, in this instance the RACGP or ACRRM.
Medical practitioners who are not on the vocational or specialist register must complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD per year and may choose a self-directed program.
In recognition of the RACGP’s credibility as the AMC accredited standard setters for medical practitioner CPD requirements, the RACGP is a recognised CPD auditor for AHPRA. The RACGP’s QI&CPD Program streamlines the administration of this requirement for its participants throughout the triennium period and in times of audit.
The RACGP now supports GPs with flexible opportunities to reflect and transform conventional education activities into actions that demonstrate effectiveness in enhancing patient care in the 2014–16 QI&CPD triennium. RACGP professional development activities, accrediated activities and compliance (point statements) are recognised by AHPRA, GPA Accreditation Plus and AGPAL as approved evidence of complying with legislative requirements set by these professional bodies.
How is my self-directed learning recognised?
In recognition of the importance to recognise education that GPs see as personally valuable, the RACGP now supports GPs with flexible opportunities to reflect and transform conventional education activities into actions that demonstrate effectiveness in enhancing patient care in the 2014–16 QI&CPD triennium.
QI&CPD participants can record self-directed learning capped at 20 points for the triennium and claimable when 10 hours of activities have been completed.
What has been done to improve the QI&CPD Program?
The 2014–16 QI&CPD triennium features a number of developmental enhancements that will be offered during the triennium period, including:
- Personalised ongoing support – Program coordinators in state faculties and RACGP staff available to assist in meeting your learning requirements
- AHPRA reporting – recording CPD undertaken and assisting GPs to ensure all requirements are met
- High quality education providers – access to an extensive range of well-established accredited organisations and thousands of accredited activities delivered in a GP relevant format
- Enhancing patient care – the introduction of a quality improvement requirement for GPs strengthens the effectiveness of the RACGP QI&CPD Program in accordance to international best practice
- Online system improvements – from January 2014, an intuitive online platform will be offered to make easier your ability to find record and monitor ongoing QI&CPD activities will be made easier.
The RACGP works across several areas to provide all our GPs with a range of practical resources, high regarded education and ongoing training programs, and advocacy to support the profession at large.
What do I receive as an RACGP Member versus a QI&CPD Participant?
RACGP full membership includes added benefits that are in place to assist you in meeting your CPD requirements, aid in professional development and tangible rewards.
The RACGP also offers its members a number of opportunities throughout the year to network with their colleagues. Having a membership of more than 21 000, by becoming an RACGP member, you join a large collegiate group of Australia’s GPs. The RACGP continues to strengthen its international ties with other primary healthcare and general practice specialist colleges. It is through forging these relationships that the RACGP is able to learn from each other’s success and failures to enhance the general practice profession on a global level.
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|Access to a suite of well-established accredited organisations and thousands of accredited activities
||Access to a suite of well-established accredited organisations and thousands of accredited activities
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||Access to a number of RACGP developed practical resources
|gplearning online clinical learning to assist in meeting QI&CPD triennium requirements
||Access to RACGP publications, Australian Family Physician and Good Practice
|DynaMed – electronic clinical decision support tool
|Savings on RACGP national conference registration and over 500 RACGP events and workshops Australia wide
|Access to a number of RACGP developed practical resources
|Access to RACGP publications, Australian Family Physician and Good Practice
|Networking opportunities with over 21 000 GPs Australia wide
|Strong international ties with other primary healthcare and general practice specialist colleges
Why should I be a member of the RACGP?
Demonstration of the RACGP’s significant support for GPs both in clinical and non-clinical aspects of their working life can be seen in the below core areas of our work:
Clinical Improvement and Quality Care
All RACGP members receive access to RACGP developed practice standards, clinical guidelines, business resources and tools, and subscriptions to publications such as Australian Family Physician, Australia’s only peer-reviewed academic journal for GPs. The range of resources available to our GPs is extensive, covering a diverse range of clinical areas, in addition to developing updated Standards for General Practices to support high quality care delivery.
The RACGP also supports GPs in managing viable and vibrant general practices. Through the development of a range of resources including general practice management tools, guidelines to adapt to new technologies and the eHealth space, and resources to assist in navigating the Medicare Benefits Schedule, the RACGP is able to provide non-clinical assistance meeting the specific needs of GPs.
The RACGP partners with Government and substantially co-fund grants to provide our GPs with specific support programs such as our 24 hour GP Psych Support service providing GPs with free patient management advice from psychiatrists.
Delivery of high quality education programs across the general practice journey
The RACGP’s commitment to servicing the profession’s education needs is demonstrated by our significant investment to ensuring access to 100 000 education activities this triennium. The RACGP continues to expand the number of QI&CPD activity options accessible to its members from 10 to 14 in preparation for the incoming triennium. New activity types include Peer Professional visit, Learning plan, Group PDSA & Clinical Audits.
Advocacy – supporting the profession
As the peak professional body representing GPs in Australia, we strive to represent the needs of all our GPs working in urban, rural and remote Australian communities. We advocate on behalf of our GPs by means of providing submissions, participating in Government roundtables, and attending regular meetings with key stakeholders including the Federal Health Minister and members of United General Practice Australia (UGPA). Our advocacy efforts are driven by our vision, ‘Healthy Profession. Healthy Australia.’