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CPD for Chinese Medicine Practitioners


This summary outlines CPD activities that allow the requirements of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia to be met. The standards discussed are in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act.

CPD Cycle

The CPD cycle runs for 12-months, ending the 30th of November every year. By the end of the cycle Chinese Medical practitioners are required to sign a declaration of compliance with the CPD registration standard.

CPD Requirements

All practicing Chinese medicine practitioners must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year. Of these 20 hours:

1. A minimum of 4 hours needs to relate to profession, ethical and regulatory issues.
2. A minimum of 14 hours must include formal types of learning activities.

Additional Considerations
• Practitioners who hold a scheduled herbs endorsement must complete at least two hours of CPD related to that specific endorsement.
• If a Chinese medical practitioner relies on formal activities for all 20 hours of CPD then two different types of formal activities need to be undertaken.
• Three different types of learning activities must be completed in the informal activity section.

CPD Activities

CPD is divided into two categories:

1. Formal activities. These are structured and organized activities. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Distant education or online learning or courses relevant to Chinese medicine practice.
• Work based learning contracts or other assessed activities.
• Conferences, forums, lectures, workshops, seminars, research and presentations.
• Clinical audits.
• Structured supervision or mentoring of students.

2. Informal learning activities. These are self directed and flexible activities. Examples include but are not limited to:
• Private study, online learning, reflective journal keeping.
• Participation in a community of practice.
• Audio and videotapes.
• Participation in interest groups, community groups with a focus on health or professional issues.

Activities that cannot be counted as CPD hours include:
• Undertaking day to day work duties.
• Mandatory remedial further education, training, mentoring or supervision.

CPD Documentation

All Chinese Medical 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 and must be in English.

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 the goals for enhancing competence.

3. Evidence of attendance.
For more information about these CPD guidelines click here.

Date of Issue: 1 July 2010
Last reviewed: June 2014
These guidelines will be reviewed every 3 years.