Although it’s been three years since AHPRA started randomly checking medical professionals’ declarations about their CPD activities, many doctors are still unaware that they can be audited.
Particularly vulnerable to being caught out are IMGs, doctors in training and non-vocationally registered doctors, who are not affiliated with a college and so don’t get the same prompts that other doctors get from their college to do their required CPD.
Here’s some key information about the auditing process:
- Doctors under audit are sent an audit notice, and have 28 days to demonstrate that they’ve met the Medical Board of Australia’s registration requirements.
- This includes not only CPD requirements, but also declarations about indemnity insurance, recency of practice and criminal history. If found to be in breach in any of these areas, doctors can be reported to the Board.
- Doctors who belong to a college need to meet the CPD standards set by their college. But those who are not on the specialist register – whether they are in training or are simply non-VR doctors – must also demonstrate that they have fulfilled CPD requirements.
- For non-VR doctors, this involves a minimum of 50 hours of CPD per year, which can be self-directed. Any self-directed program must include one mandatory self-assessment reflection activity or peer review, clinical audit or performance appraisal. Activities to enhance medical knowledge, such as participation in courses, conferences or online learning, are also required.
- Trainees will need a signed letter or report from their supervising hospital to confirm your participation in training and education programs in the year being audited.
See here for more information on CPD requirements for junior medical officers, IMGs and non-VR doctors.
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