The emergency response page lists the currently recognised emergency response workshops and recognition codes. This includes online modules, such as the Bloodsafe e-Learning (external) major haemorrhage courses, and the college’s anaphylaxis module.
You are welcome to utilise the college templates (linked in the CPD handbook). You can also create your own templates specific to your practice type. Please ensure that any templates you create meet our guidelines.
As a provisional fellow, you need to complete at least 50 hours of CPD. You can choose which activities you record to make up these hours. This may include CPD activities for areas of your training that don’t involve direct patient care.
All the CPD hours you complete during your time as a provisional fellow will go towards your first CPD year as a FANZCA. You don’t need to complete the mandatory practice evaluation activities or the emergency response activities, however you will need to do a CPD plan.
Please note: Additional CPD hours on the same pro-rata basis will be required for time spent in extended training.
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 MBA and MCNZ requirements are therefore the same regardless of whether your practice involves direct patient care or not.
The ANZCA and FPM CPD Program practice without direct patient care practice type does not include the clinical-specific emergency response activity.
The regulatory requirements mandate that CPD participants must complete 25 hours of practice evaluation activities each year, with a minimum of five hours reviewing performance and five hours measuring outcomes.
This is a new requirement for those who practice without direct patient care, so we’ve developed guidance for relevant activities. We’ve also formed a reference group to consolidate templates and resources into a toolkit to further help you meet the requirement. The toolkit will be available in the second half of 2023.
If you're unable to meet the minimum CPD requirements due to exceptional circumstances, you can apply for special consideration. The ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee chair and/or FPM CPD officer, as relevant, will assess all applications.
Special consideration is generally looked at when you’ve had extended leave from practice, for reasons including a serious illness, loss or bereavement or parental leave. Depending on the circumstances, you could be granted an extension to complete any outstanding CPD requirements, or you may have your remaining requirements signed off.
Please update your CPD portfolio to reflect all completed activities, and provide as much information as possible to support the decision.
Please send special consideration requests to the CPD team. If your leave from practice exceeded 52 weeks, please also review the return to anaesthesia practice page.
ANZCA and FPM CPD Program activities are formative, participatory exercises; they are not summative events with a pass/fail outcome.
All information regarding performance of participants (including emergency response activities) in the CPD program is confidential and must not be disclosed to a third party without the express written permission of the participant.
The extent of recording of details or notes containing outcomes or reflective information from completed professional development activities in the portfolio, is up to individual participants in the program.
In collecting and using any information, it is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that all privacy obligations are met and any necessary consent is obtained. Participants must ensure that their institutional privacy statement is followed and that any patient/individual has consented as per the hospital or private practice policy.
For activities that relate to individual practice, we require evidence of participation only, using the forms provided in the CPD portfolio. We do not require any record of performance or feedback from facilitators, peer reviewers or course directors.
Responses to CPD plan and evaluation questions are not protected in Australia or New Zealand.
If you have any further queries about the CPD program's qualified privilege (QP) or protected quality assurance activity (PQAA) please contact the CPD team.
The Federal Department of Health currently grants Commonwealth Qualified Privilege (QP) to the following four practice evaluation activities:
- Patient experience survey.
- Multi-source feedback.
- Peer review of practice.
- Clinical audit of own practice or significant input into group audit of practice.
Please note that other practice evaluation activities and the entire emergency response category are no longer covered under QP. The new QP cover reflects a tightening of the regulations around granting such cover at the Department of Health.
Full details of the declaration and explanatory statement can be found here.
New Zealand participants should be aware that under section 54 of the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health can grant protection of a quality assurance activity.
The CPD practice evaluation and emergency responses categories are currently registered as a Protected Quality Assurance Activity (PQAA).
If you have retired and/or are not currently involved in direct patient care, you can apply to have your practice type transferred from clinical to practice without direct patient care.
If you are still assessing patients and/or writing prescriptions, you do not meet the requirements for this practice type, as you are still engaging in direct patient care.
For more information, please see the practice without direct patient care page and the CPD handbook.