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CPD for Medical Radiation Practitioners


This summary outlines CPD activities that allow the requirements of the Medical Radiation Practice 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 over a three year period. The Commencement date of the first CPD triennium began on the 1st of July 2012. To align with the registration renewal period, the first year of the CPD triennium continued until the 30th of November 2013, a period of 17 months. The first CPD triennium will finish on 30 November 2015.

CPD Requirements

All registered practitioners who are engaged in medical radiation practice are required to regularly participate in CPD activities relevant to their scope of practice.

The MRP Board’s Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard requires practitioners to complete 60 hours over a 3 year period. Of these 60 hours:

1. A minimum of 10 hours must be completed each year.
2. A greater proportion of CPD activities must be substantive compared to general.

Continuing Professional Development is a lifelong learning activity for all registered practitioners. The main intent of CPD is to maintain, enhance or develop skills, knowledge, patient management, clinical, leadership and service management skills.

CPD Activities

CPD is divided into two categories:

1. Substantive activities are those that have a significant intellectual or practical content primarily directed to a practitioner’s practice. An activity can be meaningful or significantly connected to medical radiation practice irrespective of the method or medium used. Examples include:
• Postgraduate studies, accredited training, vocational courses or work based learning contracts
• Conferences, forums, workshops, seminars, research, authoring a book chapter or private study,
• Making health related presentations, attending meetings, case presentations or reviews.
• Engaging in activities to improve quality or reduce risk in practice.
• Formal Supervision of undergraduate or post-graduate students.
• Reflective journaling.
2. General activities are those that have a sufficient nexus to learning in the healthcare environment. It is important for practitioners to ensure that activities in this category are relevant to healthcare. Examples include:
• Private study, internet research, examining and reflecting on evidence-based resources.
• Attendance at compulsory employer training sessions that address safety or culture.
• Attendance at in services, case presentations or reviews non specific to practice.
• Membership of, and attending meetings of, a committee or similar, within an organisation with an identifiable healthcare function.
• Providing supervision or mentoring to supervised practitioners, managing or administering a CPD program for 10 or more people.

CPD Documentation

Records maintained by participants or by providers of CPD programs on behalf of participants must include details of CPD activities under the following fields: the date of activity, type of activity, source or reference details, CPD hours, evidence of participation.

Medical Radiation practitioners may be required to produce these records if the Board requires them as part of an audit or investigation. It is recommended that records be kept for 3 years.
For more information about these CPD guidelines click here.
Date of Issue: 1st July 2010
Last reviewed: 1st December 2015
These guidelines will be reviewed every 3 years.