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CPD Frequently Asked Questions


Updated 15 February 2022

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 [email protected] 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
 

More information

For further information please contact the CPD team:
Email [email protected]

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