New CPD activities from 1 January 2024

09 November 2023

We’re adding 13 new continuing professional development (CPD) activities to our CPD program from 1 January 2024.

ANZCA Council has approved the implementation of 13 new CPD activities from 1 January 2024, following work by the CPD review project group (CPD-RPG) and its two reference groups: Practice without direct patient care and private practice; the ANZCA and FPM CPD Committee; and the CPD team. This significant update will increase opportunities and make it easier for you to claim CPD hours under the annual program, with the new activities having relevance across a broad range of work contexts.

What are the 13 new CPD activities?

The new CPD activities cover all three CPD program categories as listed below:

CPD category Activity
Practice evaluation Measuring outcomes
Analysing healthcare outcomes
Clinical governance
Clinical governance/quality assurance committee work
Quality improvement projects
Practice audit (Clinical support)
Reviewing performance Critical reflection
Peer review of educational practice
Peer support groups
Knowledge and skills Education development
Leadership and management skills (LAMS) development
Emergency response Opioid-induced ventilatory impairment (OIVI)
Malignant hyperthermia

With these 13 new additions there will be 56 claimable CPD activities, which will be available in your CPD portfolio from 1 January 2024. 

CPD activities development process

The CPD review project consists of two phases. Completed in 2022, the first phase involved updating the 2014 triennial ANZCA and FPM CPD Program to incorporate the revised Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) requirements, most notably the change from a triennium to annual program, and from a weighted credits to an hours-based program. The resulting 2023 annual CPD program launched on 1 January 2023.

The second phase focuses on further enhancing the CPD program to meet members’ needs. Under phase two, the CPD-RPG, its two reference groups (Practice without direct patient care and Private practice) and CPD Committee members reviewed the current CPD program activities, with the view to expand activity offerings and assist fellows and other CPD participants in meeting their annual hour requirements.

We would like to acknowledge the CPD Committee, CPD-RPG and the two reference groups members who contributed valuable time and insights to this work, particularly in developing new activity guidelines and resources.

Work underway to prepare for the start of the 2024 CPD cycle

To help you, we’re updating the ANZCA and FPM CPD standard, CPD handbook and online CPD portfolio to reflect the new CPD activities. The materials will be released in mid-December to support the first annual CPD cycle for all fellows and other CPD participants from 1 January 2024.

For now, we ask all fellows and other CPD participants to focus on meeting your current triennial or annual CPD requirements by 31 December 2023. The CPD team are on hand to help and will be sending targeted reminders to help you update your CPD portfolio and best prepare you for 2024.

Last updated 13:21 16.11.2023