To ensure that every patient in Australia and New Zealand receives the best care available, all anaesthetists and pain medicine physicians are required to partake in a continuing professional development program (CPD).
The new CPD program is coming (for most of us) and it’s time to get familiar with it. If you aren’t totally familiar with the new ANZCA CPD program handbook, it is a 41-page document outlining everything you need to know in detail.
Whilst reading all this information will be essential to ensure you are ticking all of the training and development boxes, we have summarised the annual requirements for you.
Develop a CPD plan at the beginning of each year and self-evaluate your activity at the end of the year. The time taken to do this can be counted towards your “review Performance” time.
Complete a minimum of 50 hours of activities on the following areas:
Complete a cultural activity every year – this will be included in ‘Review Performance’.
Complete an Emergency Response Activity every year – this will be included in ‘Measuring Outcomes’.
Complete at least one of the following every year:
Maintain your records for 3 years.
Recent changes made by the Medical Board of Australia mean that you can now choose which CPD program you wish to be a part of. While traditionally this role has been taken on by the colleges, there are now alternatives. The ASA has partnered with the AMA to provide one of these alternatives, called “CPD home”. If you are a member of the ASA or AMA, it costs just $440 a year.
While there are many benefits of being a fellow (member) of ANZCA, arguably, there is no longer a requirement to continue to be one, if you participate in an alternate CPD program.