General practice work is diverse, and not all of it involves direct patient care. The clinical GP is in direct contact with the patient and the community. GPs working in academic, administrative or research roles contribute to the health of patients and the community in a less direct capacity. CPD is relevant to all roles that a GP undertakes, and there are a number of options available for CPD that are relevant to both clinical and non-clinical aspects of practice.
Professional development that is related to what the individual has defined as their scope of practice is at the core of the educational choices made. In choosing a CPD education activity, consider your current and future scope of practice and choose high-quality education resources or activities that will enhance or develop new skills and knowledge within your defined scope.
Options for undertaking your CPD
You have four options for undertaking professional development to meet your CPD Program requirements.
In the following sections, you will find more detail about what activities fall into each of the options above. In addition, the activities have been matched to the MBA’s definition of types of CPD. The classification of MBA types of activities is for your information only, it is not a current RACGP requirement.
Depending on the nature of the activity, more than one CPD type may be applicable; however, only one type of CPD education activity can be chosen for recording. The choice will be guided by the major outcomes achieved (increased knowledge and/or skills, feedback or peer review, quality improvement or measurement of outcomes) or the key reason for undertaking the activity.
CPD Accredited Activities: 40 CPD points per activity
CPD Accredited Activities can be delivered by CPD education providers. Table 1 demonstrates how each CPD Accredited Activity relates to the MBA’s types of CPD.
Self-directed (CPD Accredited Activity): 40 points per activity
If you choose to self-direct a CPD Accredited Activity, log in to the myCPD dashboard and select an Activity Form as per below.
Select the form relevant to your activity and a form will appear for you to complete.
Most fields in the form are mandatory, and those fields that are optional are indicated.
The Activity Form will specify what supporting documentation is required. Uploading this documentation is not a mandatory requirement of CPD Accredited Activities. If you are audited, you will be required to provide the supporting documentation.
Upon completion of the form, press ‘Submit’. The form will not submit if mandatory fields are not completed.
Table 2 demonstrates how each self-directed CPD Accredited Activity relates to the MBA’s types of CPD.
CPD Activity: 2 points per hour to a maximum of 30 points per activity
CPD Activities can be delivered by CPD education providers.
Table 3 demonstrates how each CPD Activity relates to the MBA’s definition of types of CPD.
Logged CPD Activity: 2 points per hour to a maximum of 30 points
CPD Activities can be easily logged by using the ‘Quick log’ function on your myCPD dashboard, as per below.
Select ‘Log your CPD’. A new screen will appear. Describe the activity, select the date and type of CPD, insert hours and enter ‘Submit’. The hours will be converted to points and recorded in your CPD history.
There is an option to add a comment or upload documents for your own records.
Guidance: What can be self-recorded
Table 4 lists the types of activities suitable to be recorded for this option. The activities listed include those related to both direct patient care and non-clinical work.
In the course of daily work undertaken by GPs, professional development may occur. This is reflected in some activities listed in Table 4. To differentiate your routine work from CPD, the key is to question and consider whether your knowledge and skills were reviewed or expanded upon, if you received feedback or engaged with your peers, or if the activity lead to quality improvement in your practice. For example, if in reviewing or developing a report you had to undertake additional work in terms of reading, research or upskilling to improve your knowledge, this additional work may be recorded as CPD.
In choosing reading and research activities for CPD self-recording, the item or article should be from a reputable source (eg clinical guideline, peer-reviewed journal) and present balanced evidence or viewpoints. Balanced and evidence-based content provides opportunity for critical appraisal by the reader.
Major education providers
As an indication of the volume of CPD activities provided, the following organisations have been recognised as major providers:
- Australian Doctor Group
- Ramsay Health Care
- Reed Medical Education
- National Prescribing Service
- Medicine Today
- Sonic Healthcare
- St Vincent's Healthcare Australia
- MD BriefCase
The RACGP acknowledges and values major providers for their demonstrated commitment and adherence to our education standards. Only the major providers can display the Quick log logo to identify suitable content.