CPD review project update - scope and evaluate

16 February 2022

The new CPD review project group has finalised stage one of the project plan; determining project scope and evaluating the current CPD program.

In December 2021, we communicated that an ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) project review group (CPD-RPG) had commenced to support the review of the ANZCA and FPM CPD program and standard. Group members Dr Debra Devonshire and Dr Stephanie Oak outline their involvement with CPD and insights on the project here.

CPD-RPG has now completed the initial stage of the project, and has provided the below information in keeping with sharing regular information with fellows and CPD participants.

Project scope

The aim of the CPD-RPG is to review the current program, which has been in place since 2014. Recommendations will align with the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA) Professional Performance Framework and revised CPD registration standard with an effective date of 1 January 2023, as well as the Medical Council New Zealand’s (MCNZ) recertification documents.

The diagram below illustrates the stages of the project throughout 2022:


CPD program evaluation

To support the purpose of the CPD review project an evaluation of the current CPD program and wider CPD landscape was conducted. Our three-angle approach included analysis of fellow response to the CPD survey, review of CPD portfolio entries data and ANZCA Library literature search.

Findings from this evaluation will used to support an evidence-based approach to project decisions, ensuring a member-centric approach is combined with best practice. Further evaluation and research will be considered as the project develops.

Next steps

The next part of the review project is extremely important to all fellows and CPD participants: Determine CPD Framework and CPD compliance processes. We expect this to take from March to June 2022.
CPD-RPG members will consider a revised CPD framework, taking into account the updated MBA and MCNZ requirements and the findings from the evaluation.  

We will also be forming a reference group and welcome any fellows or CPD participants interested in joining to indicate their interest via email.

Last updated 15:52 28.10.2022