Why is RANZCOG changing from a Triennium to an Annual CPD cycle?

The MBA requires all Colleges to implement a calendar year CPD cycle. For RANZCOG to bring its CPD program into a calendar year, the new CPD cycle will commence on 1/7/2022 for a duration of 18 months and end on 31/12/2023.  The following cycle will then commence 1/1/2024 and conclude 31/12/2024.
 
Please note that the hours for the 18-month cycle will remain at 50 hours and will be regarded as a transitional cycle to enable Fellows to become familiar with the new requirements.

How do I get a copy of my Fellowship Certificate?

Please contact the Membership team for assistance in obtaining a copy of your Fellowship Certificate via membership@ranzcog.edu.au or telephone on +613 9412 2908.

How do I get a copy of my CPD Compliance Statement and Letter of Participation?

There are several documents available to you via MyRANZCOG:

The CPD Letter of Participation confirms your status with the College and that you are registered for a CPD program. It does not provide evidence that you are meeting your CPD requirements. This is available to download from your CPD portal at any time.

The CPD Statement of Hours summarises the number of CPD hours you have completed to date in your triennium. It provides information on whether you are on track to meet your CPD requirements. This is available to download from your CPD portal at any time.

The CPD Compliance Statement is formal confirmation that you have met all your CPD requirements for the most recent triennium. It is only available to download at the end of the triennium.

You can download CPD documents by logging onto Integrate and navigating to My CPD. The CPD documents are available at the top of the screen.

How does the College determine my CPD start date?

Your CPD requirements begin the day you are elevated to Fellowship and from this date you must participate in CPD.  Please note the CPD team is unable to change the start date of Fellowship Elevations.
 
Please refer to the website and the CPD Framework to identify activities which may contribute to your CPD. The current CPD cycle concludes 30 June 2022.

I am moving overseas, what will be required to maintain CPD requirements?

If practicing overseas, you have the option to either continue with participation in the RANZCOG CPD program or enrol into an overseas CPD program.  Where you are required to participate in the CPD program of the country you are practising in, you must request to have the overseas CPD program recognised by RANZCOG (if not already recognised) and complete this program to maintain your RANZCOG Fellowship.
 
View a list of currently recognised international CPD programs, and how to apply for a reduction in your subscription fee.

How do Subspecialties determine which activities can count towards the subspecialist component?

If the activity relates to your subspecialty scope of practice, then it counts towards your subspecialty component.  Fellows can indicate that the activity relates to their scope of practice when uploading the activity to the CPD program.

How do I claim hours in OM and PR?

For the new CPD cycle effective 1/7/2022, the MBA has introduced a revised allocation of hours for Outcome Measure (OM) and Performance Review (PR) that will require an annual minimum of 50% (25 hours) across both domains with a minimum of 5 hours within each. The remaining hours can then be applied to either OM or PR.
 
These revised minimum hours requirements under OM and PR have also been applied for the remainder of the current Triennium (2019-2021) to help Fellows, particularly part-time, semi-retired and rural Fellows.  The overview of my CPD webpage has been updated to reflect this change.
 
The CPD Framework is an excellent tool that lists a number of activities for CPD and in related domains.  
 
Where a Fellow is experiencing difficulties in meeting their requirements, please telephone the CPD Team on +61 3 9412 2967 in Melbourne for assistance. The team may be able to assist in identifying activities suitable for CPD.

Are CPD requirements the same for part-time/semi-retired Fellows?

The Medical Board Australia (MBA) CPD Registration Standards and Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) Recertification Requirements set the requirements for professional development. Both regulatory bodies stipulate that part-time and semi-retired Fellows complete the same number of CPD hours as a full-time Fellow and the therefore the College is unable to apply any concessions.
 
The CPD Framework is an excellent tool that lists a number of activities for CPD and in related domains.  
 
Where a Fellow is experiencing difficulties in meeting their requirements, please telephone the CPD Team on +61 3 9412 2967 in Melbourne for assistance. The team may be able to assist in identifying activities suitable for CPD.
 
Semi-retired Fellows are eligible for a reduction in annual fees. Please access the Reduction in Subscription Fees Policy and Procedure for further information

Will there be any concession for semi-retired Fellows who only do occasional locum work?

The Medical Board Australia (MBA) CPD Registration Standards and Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) Recertification Requirements set the requirements for professional development with no concession relating to Fellows who are semi-retired and do occasional locum work.

Semi-retired Fellows are eligible for a reduction in annual fees. Please access the Reduction in Subscription Fees Policy and Procedure for further information

Does CPD have concessions or alternate requirements for those that are in the locum workforce?

The Medical Board Australia (MBA) CPD Registration Standards and Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) Recertification Requirements set the requirements for  professional development with no concessions available for locum doctors. 
 
The CPD Framework is an excellent tool that lists a number of activities for CPD and in related domains.  
 
Where a Fellow is experiencing difficulties in meeting their requirement, please telephone the CPD Team on +61 3 9412 2967 in Melbourne for assistance. The team may be able to assist in identifying activities suitable for CPD.

What is an Annual Conversation?

From 1st July 2022, for New Zealand Fellows and members it will be mandatory to undertake a structured conversation, at least annually, with a peer, colleague or employer about their clinical practice.  The College is developing guidance and resources to assist with undertaking the Annual Conversation and will be available shortly. 
 
The Annual Conversation will also be available as an optional activity for Australian Fellows/members.
 
See further information

What is the Professional Development Plan (PDP)?

Completion of the PDP will be a mandatory annual requirement from 1st July 2022.  A RANZCOG PDP template is in development, however Fellows my also choose to upload their own PDP.
 
The PDP is a planning tool to guide Fellows and members future CPD throughout their career and can be used to identify development needs both personally and professionally and help guide changes for improving own health and wellbeing. The College is developing guidance and resources to assist with completion of a PDP and will be available shortly. 
 
See further information

Are there any CPD concessions for Fellows working in private practice?

The Medical Board Australia (MBA) CPD Registration Standards and Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) Recertification Requirements set the requirements for professional development with no concessions for Fellows working in private Practice.
 
The CPD Framework is an excellent tool that lists a number of activities for CPD and in related domains.  
 
Where a Fellow is experiencing difficulties in meeting their requirements, please telephone the CPD Team on +61 3 9412 2967 in Melbourne for assistance. The team may be able to assist in identifying activities suitable for CPD.

How have CPD requirements been changed with the impact of COVID-19?

In response to the announcements by the Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) on 25 March 2020 and the Medical Board Australia (MBA) on 30 March 2020, the RANZCOG, the RANZCOG Board granted Fellows and members of the College an exemption from their participation in the 2019-2022 RANZCOG CPD program effective 25 March 2020 until 28 February 2021.   This reduction in hours has been reflected in Fellows’ online CPD program.   Fellows were required to continue to meet their requirements from 1 March 2021. 
 
For additional information, please visit the COVID-19: CPD FAQs webpage.
 

Who initiates the changes to the CPD Program and why?

The Medical Board Australia (MBA) CPD Registration Standards and Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) Recertification Requirements set the requirements professional development.  The RANZCOG CPD Program is designed to align with both MBA and MCNZ, which is a requirement to maintain your medical registration.
 
This is outlined in the RANZCOG Guide To CPD.
 
The Professional Performance Framework from the MBA is designed to maintain patients trust in Australian doctors and safe care from them. The MBA built a Professional Performance Framework to support doctors to practise competently and ethically throughout their working lives.
 
MCNZ is responsible for ensuring that doctors are competent and fit to practise medicine. One of the ways that it does this is by meeting the requirements of recertification programmes set by Council, including satisfying any continuing professional development (CPD) requirements included in the programme.

What is the difference Between Outcome Measurement and Performance Review?

The three RANZCOG CPD Domains are Educational Activities (EA), Outcome Measurement (OM) and Performance Review (PR).
 
EA includes participation in self-directed learning and/or involvement in College roles and/or educational events.
 
OM includes measurement of outcomes of care, benchmarking of performance with peers and reflecting on patient outcomes. Activities can include  reviewing practice data and reflecting on your patients’ health outcomes in activities such as clinical audit, morbidity and mortality meetings.
 
PR includes reviewing and reflecting on actual work process and can include feedback from peers, colleagues and patients.
 
The main difference is that OM is a general measurement of outcomes whereas performance review is more based on reflection and feedback on your own performance.
 
For a list of activities refer to the CPD Framework.

What type of evidence for CPD Activity is required?

Fellows must retain documented evidence of their participation in CPD activities. Such evidence can include certificates of attendance, de-identified reports with a cover letter signed by yourself advising the number of hours spent on a report such as an audit. 
 
The use of templated resources, located within the CPD Recourses section from the Overview of my CPD webpage.  The link to CPD Resources is located in the top blue bar.

How can I access the webinar recordings Closing off the Triennium?

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Update – 14 December 2021 – Closing off the Triennium Webinar recording can be viewed on Vimeo.

Note: Please view the CPD webpage for further updates since this presentation

What is RANZCOG doing about my CPD requirements?

In response to the announcements by the Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) on 25th March 2020 and the Medical Board Australia (MBA) on 30th March 2020, the RANZCOG Board have made a decision to grant Fellows and members of the College an exemption from their participation in the 2019-2022 RANZCOG CPD program effective 25th March 2020 until 28th February 2021.

Fellows CPD requirements for the remainder of the Triennium (30th June 2022) will be adjusted accordingly in the CPD online platform. The CPD program will remain open for those Fellows and members who wish to continue recording their CPD activities during this time.   

The announcement from the Medical Council New Zealand (MCNZ) made on the 25th March 2020 can be found here: mcnz.org.nz/about-us/news-and-updates/recertification-requirements-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

The announcement from the Medical Board Australia (MBA) made on the 30th March 2020 can be found here: medicalboard.gov.au/News/2020-03-30-COVID19-Board-response.aspx

How will the CPD exemption apply to me?

Fellows

The CPD exemption granted by the RANZCOG Board and aligned to MBA and MCNZ recommendations means your CPD requirements for the current triennium (2019-2022) have been reduced by 11 months. For Fellows, the change in requirements have been reflected in the online CPD portal (under the My CPD tab in My.RANZCOG).

Fellows’ updated CPD requirements are now as follows for the current CPD triennium (1 July 2019 – 30 June 2022):


Please note:

  • The dates of the current CPD triennium remain unchanged, only the number of hours required has changed.
  • Fellows who wish to continue recording their completed CPD activities during the exemption period are encouraged to do so.

Should you have any queries or concerns about your CPD during this time and how these changes apply to you, please contact the CPD team at cpd@ranzcog.edu.au.

Educational Affiliates

The 11-month exemption from CPD requirements for Educational Affiliates also applies but because the program is offline, will be applied on a case by case basis at the end of your cycle.

Should you have any queries or concerns about your CPD during this time and how these changes apply to you, please contact the CPD team at cpd@ranzcog.edu.au.

Certificants, Diplomates & Advanced Diplomates

Certificants, Diplomates and Advanced Diplomates are not required to submit any CPD requirements for their CWH, DRANZCOG or DRANZCOG Advanced qualifications between 25th March 2020 – 28th February 2021. The CPD program is not closed during this time so your Women’s Reproductive Health CPD activity can still be completed and recorded should you wish to do so.

 

Important note: All Certificants, Diplomates and Advanced Diplomates with a current certificate expiry date of 31 December 2022 will be required to complete and record their Women’s Reproductive Health CPD requirement by 31 December 2022. For more information regarding your Women’s Reproductive Health CPD requirements please see here.


Should you have any queries or concerns about your CPD during this time and how these changes apply to you, please contact the CPD team at diplomates@ranzcog.edu.au.

What does the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) say?

On 25 March Council formally resolved that: “All doctors currently enrolled in BPACNZ’s Inpractice programme or in an accredited college recertification programme are exempt from the programme requirements until 28 February 2021. Council will expect doctors to be enrolled and actively participating in their required programmes from 1 March 2021.”

Further information regarding COVID-19 response is available on the MCNZ websitemcnz.org.nz/about-us/news-and-updates/recertification-requirements-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

What does the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) say?

On 30 March 2020 the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) announced that no action will be taken if medical practitioners cannot meet the CPD registration standard when they renew their medical registration this year. The MBA does encourage medical practitioners to continue to do CPD that is relevant to their scope of practice, however it is understood that this may be difficult this year as a result of withdrawn/denied leave requests, conference cancellations and the re-prioritisation necessary to meet workforce needs.

Further information regarding COVID-19 response is available on the MBA website: medicalboard.gov.au/News/2020-03-30-COVID19-Board-response.aspx

What if I am non-compliant from the CPD triennium ending in 2019?

The exemption applied for NZ Fellows does not apply to Fellows who are non compliant for not meeting requirements prior to the pandemic. If you are non-compliant from the triennium that ended in 2019, it is important you contact a member of the CPD team on +61 3 9412 2967 or CPD@ranzcog.edu.au for further guidance and support.

I am a retired Fellow and I want to help at my local hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. How can I return to active Fellowship?

There are three different pathways for retired Fellows returning to the workforce to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

These pathways are:

  1. Fellows who retired less than 2 years ago.
  2. Fellows who retired between 2-3 years ago.
  3. Fellows who retired more than 3 years ago.

Please see information on how to apply for reinstatement to active Fellowship below for each category.

I have been retired for less than 2 years.

If you retired from active practice less than two years ago and would like to return to active Fellowship in order to practice during the Covid-19 pandemic, please contact the CPD team at cpd@ranzcog.edu.au with your request to be reinstated to active Fellowship, where all reinstatement fees will be waived.

Please note: in order for your request for reinstatement to active Fellowship to be considered, you must be registered with the relevant regulatory authority (i.e. AHPRA or MCNZ).

  • For AUS Fellows please seek further information regarding COVID-19 registration with AHPRA
  • For NZ Fellows please seek further information regarding COVID-19 registration with the MCNZ

I have been retired for 2-3 years.

If you retired from active practice between 2-3 years ago and would like to return to active Fellowship in order to practice during the Covid-19 pandemic, you will need to follow the RANZCOG Re-entry to practice and retraining policy, where all reinstatement fees will be waived. The pathway for an absence from practice of more than 24 months, as outlined in the policy will apply to you. 

Please note:
 in order to be reinstated to active Fellowship, you will need active medical registration with the relevant regulatory authority (i.e. AHPRA or MCNZ). 

  • For AUS Fellows please seek further information regarding COVID-19 registration with AHPRA
  • For NZ Fellows please seek further information regarding COVID-19 registration with the MCNZ

Following approval of registration with AHPRA or the MCNZ, please contact the RANZCOG CPD team at cpd@ranzcog.edu.au with your request to be reinstated to active Fellowship including all documentation as outlined in the re-entry to practice and retraining policy.

I have been retired for more than 3 years.

If you retired from active practice more than three years ago and would like to return to active Fellowship in order to practice during the Covid-19 pandemic, you will need to follow the RANZCOG Re-entry to practice and retraining policy, where all reinstatement fees will be waived. The pathway for an absence from practice of more than 24 months, as outlined in the policy will apply to you. 

Please note: in order to be reinstated to active Fellowship, you will need active medical registration with the relevant regulatory authority (i.e. AHPRA or MCNZ). 

  • For AUS Fellows please seek further information regarding registration with AHPRA
  • For NZ Fellows please seek further information regarding restoration to the register with the MCNZ

Following approval of registration with AHPRA or the MCNZ, please contact the RANZCOG CPD team at cpd@ranzcog.edu.au with your request to be reinstated to active Fellowship including all documentation as outlined in the re-entry to practice and retraining policy.

Contact

If your can’t find your question in our FAQs, please get in touch with the CPD team:

Email: cpd@ranzcog.edu.au