Handbook for general practitioners

Regulatory requirements for general practitioners to participate in the CPD Program

All specialist GPs are required to undertake CPD as determined by the RACGP, and to have completed the minimum CPD requirements by the end of the 2020–22 triennium. This is CPD compliance. 

The Medical Board of Australia will seek demonstration of this compliance throughout the triennium. This is a declaration that you are working towards achieving end of triennium compliance.

Medical Board of Australia

CPD is a professional obligation of all medical practitioners, and is a registration requirement of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA). To meet this MBA standard, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) CPD requirements must be met by general practitioners (GPs) with speciality qualifications. This applies to Fellows of the RACGP (FRACGP), but may also apply to GPs working in various capacities on the Medicare Vocational Register of General Practitioners (ie on Fellows List or Vocational Register).

The requirements are the same irrespective of the amount of time worked (ie temporary or permanent part-time hours, or whether GPs are taking leave of absence from clinical practice).

General practice registrars in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program or the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) satisfy their CPD obligations by completing the supervisory and education programs of their training.

All other doctors will have CPD requirements outlined by the MBA, as set out in the standard.

Exemptions to the MBA requirement to complete CPD include medical practitioners: 

  • with non-practising registration
  • who have been granted an exemption or variation from this standard by the MBA in relation to absence from practice of less than 12 months. 

For further information on eligibility for an exemption, please contact the RACGP CPD Program staff at cpd.national@racgp.org.au

Other requirements

If you are required to demonstrate participation in CPD for practice accreditation or are seeking visiting medical officer credentials with local hospitals, particularly in rural areas, you will require a statement of CPD participation. This can be provided by the RACGP.

If you are required to undertake mandatory or recommended CPD to maintain specific skills in obstetrics and gynaecology, general practice anaesthesia, diagnostic radiology, mental health or medical acupuncture, you can record your CPD with the RACGP. This is part of, not in addition to, the overall RACGP CPD Program requirements applicable.

Choice of CPD Program

As the regulator, the MBA has determined that all medical practitioners are required to meet the CPD requirements set out by their specialist college. Consequently, if you:

This event attracts CPD points and can be self recorded

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