CPD is changing for doctors across Australia

Prepare for the Medical Board of Australia changes with the RACGP - your CPD home

CPD is changing for doctors across Australia

Prepare for the Medical Board of Australia changes with the RACGP - your CPD home

Helping you navigate change

As of 2023, continuing professional development (CPD) is changing for not only GPs, but doctors of every specialty across Australia. The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has outlined new annual CPD requirements, but the RACGP is here to help you navigate the changes as your trusted CPD home. 

No one knows CPD for GPs like the RACGP

The new CPD triennium starts next year and with your input, we’ve designed a program that helps you fulfill your requirements and record activities that you’re already doing in your day-to-day life as a GP.

As of 1 January 2023, the new MBA requirements require you to log 50 hours of CPD every year, complete a professional development plan and refresh your skills with one CPR course in the triennium.

The focus of the new changes is on regular performance feedback, collaboration with peers, self-reflection and reviewing patient outcomes – things that you are already doing, and we can help capture. All these activities are aimed at improving practitioner performance and patient care.

As your CPD home, we’re here to guide you through these new requirements and help you get the most out of your professional development with a simple, flexible and accessible CPD program.

A new-look CPD program for GPs

The RACGP has taken the MBA’s requirements and worked them in to a CPD program that recognises the work you do in your everyday practice. Designed for GPs by GPs, it makes it easy for you to record your incidental education to contribute to your hours and further develop your skills.

Each calendar year you will need to record 50 hours of CPD across different activity types. There are some required activity types, but also flexibility in how you make up some of your hours.

NB. You’ll note the change from points in previous years.


Find out what type of activities sit under each activity type.

As a requirement of the Medical Board, you will also need to complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP) each year.

We are creating a simple tool on the myCPD Dashboard to make the process easy for you.  

Each triennium, you will need to complete a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course (Providing CPR HLTAID009). While the other tasks are annual, you will have three years to update your skills. This is an RACGP high level requirement, not mandated by the MBA. We will also accept other courses that meet the requirements of HLTAID009 such as BLS and ALS courses which include CPR.

CPD is in our DNA

As the largest medical college in Australia, representing the greatest number of rural, remote, and urban specialist general practitioners, the RACGP is the professional home for all GPs.

With more than 30 years’ experience and expertise delivering CPD to GPs across the country, we’re the trusted CPD home for general practice in Australia. We know quality healthcare is driven by lifelong learning. We understand what GPs need in professional development to effectively treat and support their patients.

We can help you get the most out of your CPD opportunities, in the context of your life as a GP. We understand your challenges and the complexities of your work.

The RACGP CPD Program is:

  • your one stop shop for CPD with access to the largest range of educational resources through our network of more than 400 CPD Providers
  • designed by GPs for GPs, ensuring its relevance and the ease in which it can be part of your day-to-day life
  • simple, flexible and accessible leaving you to enjoy your professional development and spend your time learning, not managing paperwork
  • available at your fingertips with online platforms allowing you to log your hours and manage your activities anywhere, anytime
  • personalised and tailored with one-on-one support from our local CPD staff, so you can keep your CPD goals on track, and
  • integrated with your RACGP Membership, making you a part of a shared professional community, united by a commitment to exceptional healthcare for all Australians.

A CPD Home for all doctors

The RACGP is a CPD home with extensive experience in providing up to date, evidence based, professional development opportunities for GPs and those training to become GPs. As a CPD home, we will offer CPD home services to any medical practitioner not undertaking specialist training with another college, seeking quality education that is evidence based and backed by experience.

GP online information sessions

Do you have questions about the changes? Hosted by GPs and supported by RACGP CPD program coordinators, these webinars will provide you with up to date information on the changes to CPD. We’ll break down the requirements, showcasing real life examples of how you can seamlessly and easily record your activities and make CPD an integrated part of your day-to-day life.

Helping you understand how your CPD can work for you

Frequently asked questions

CPD activity options by your scope of practice

Definitions and CPD activity mapping

State contact details

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