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CPD for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners

 

This summary outlines CPD activities that meet the requirements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia. They are in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act.
 

CPD Cycle

The CPD cycle spans a three years. The cycle commenced on the 1st of July 2012 and ends on the 1st of July 2015. When registering for the first time, or restoring after a lapse,  CPD hours are calculated on a pro-rata basis.
 

CPD Requirements

60 hours of CPD each three years minimum for all practicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners. Of these 60 hours:

1. A minimum of 10 hours of CPD needs to be completed every year.
2. A total of 45 hours of CPD must be completed through formal activities, and the remainder through either formal or informal activities.
 

Additional Considerations
• Practitioners must hold a current first aid certificate that includes cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
• CPD must include three different types of activities within a CPD category. For example, a total of 45 hours of formal learning cannot be achieved by attending conferences only.
 

CPD Activities are divided into two categories:

1.Formal activities. These are structured and organized activities. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Accredited courses, conferences, forums, seminars.
• Undertaking or presenting research
• Online learning and workplace programs
 

2. Informal learning activities. These are self directed and flexible activities. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Private study of reference material.
• Clinical case discussion with other health professionals.
• Participation in interest groups, community groups with a focus on health or professional issues.
• Internet research.
 

CPD Documentation

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health practitioners are required to keep a CPD portfolio to submit to the Board if they are audited. A CPD portfolio should include sufficient evidence to support any claims. Records should be kept for four years. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner renewing their registration will be required to make a declaration stating that they have undertaken CPD throughout the period of registration as required by the
Standard.
 
The following records are required:

1. Details of CPD activity (date, activity time, provider, participants, number of hours spent in each activity and resources).

2. A note of the goals and outcomes for CPD and a reflection on the contribution of that activity to your goals for enhancing competence.

3. Evidence of attendance at formal learning activities.

4. Other Important supporting documents such as:
• Certificates of attendance/completion.
• Receipts.
• Reading list.
• Plans and progress reports for professional supervision and mentoring.
 
For more information about these CPD guidelines click here.
 

Date of Issue: 27th March 2012
Last reviewed: 27th March 2012
These guidelines will be reviewed at least every 3 years.