I practice without direct patient care

From 1 January 2023, the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program operates on an annual cycle, with 50 hours of CPD required per year. On this page, find support and resources to meet your annual CPD requirements.

The Medical Board of Australia and Medical Council of New Zealand definitions of ‘practice’ are very broad and include any work that uses your medical skills and training, so a specialist anaesthetist or specialist pain medicine physician who works in administration, teaching or quality and safety with no direct patient care is still defined as ‘practising’ for registration purposes. The requirements of the MBA and the MCNZ are therefore the same regardless of whether your practice involves direct patient care or not.

CPD in a year

Using real entries from the CPD portfolio, this case study illustrates how you could meet your annual CPD requirements if you practice without direct patient care. Click on the diagram to see an interactive version.

CPD activities 

Knowledge & skills

You need to complete a minimum of 12.5 hours of knowledge and skills activities each year. Find out more information: 

CPD handbook

Practice evaluation - Reviewing performance

You need to complete a minimum of five hours of reviewing performance activities each year and a minimum of 25 hours across reviewing performance and measuring outcomes each year. 

We've developed specific activity lists relevant to roles and responsibilities without direct patient care. Find more information: 

Support document

Practice evaluation - Measuring outcomes

You need to complete a minimum of five hours of measuring outcomes activities each year and a minimum of 25 hours across reviewing performance and measuring outcomes each year. 

We've developed specific activity lists relevant to roles and responsibilities without direct patient care. Find more information: 

Support document

Cultural safety

You need to complete one cultural safety activity each year. Please note the hours taken to complete the cultural safety activity will be recorded under practice evaluation - reviewing performance. Find more information:

Activity guide

Further information

Got a question we haven't covered off in the FAQs? Our CPD team's on hand to help.

Email: cpd@anzca.edu.au
Call: +61 (0)3 9510 6299
Hours: 9am-5pm AEST/AEDT, Monday-Friday (excluding public and college holidays).

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Last updated 15:37 20.02.2023