RACGP makes CPD simple and seamless for GPs

Anastasia Tsirtsakis

10/06/2020 3:20:49 PM

In response to member feedback, the college is launching an intuitive new platform with a stronger focus on education.

CPD platform on tablet
The new platform is designed to make it easier for GPs to access and log CPD activities.

RACGP members will now be able to more easily access and report continuing professional development (CPD) activities through the new, easy-to-use myCPD platform.
Through the platform, launching on Thursday 11 June, GPs can quickly log any professional development activities undertaken and upload supporting documents and photographs.
The CPD Program criteria have been broadened to also recognise the activities in which GPs engage as part of their daily work, including reading medical journals, running practice meetings and listening to medical podcasts, as well as other external activities not directly focused on their clinical practice.
The myCPD dashboard will also make it easier for GPs to search for education options relevant to their interests, as well as browse an evolving library of resources.  
The RACGP has worked with CPD education providers to ensure that all activities on offer have been developed in accordance with the college’s new CPD Education Standards, so that GPs can be further assured of the quality of activities.
GPs will be able to access myCPD either from their desktop, phone or tablet, making it easier to log and track CPD throughout the day, with plans in the pipeline to introduce an app.
The new platform has been informed by input from RACGP members, and is designed to better suit the needs of GPs and their patients in day-to-day practice. It will also allow for greater focus on educational outcomes rather than the administrative burden often involved in uploading information.
The transition to the new platform has been planned to ensure a seamless experience for GPs, with minimal change to the CPD points allocation system.
The exception is that there is no cap on points for GP self-recorded activities.
All logged CPD will be calculated in hours and categorised into the types of CPD defined by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), making it easier for GPs to check their progress.
The RACGP has assured members that despite proposed changes to legislation to bring CPD reporting requirements for GPs in line with other medical specialties in Australia, the college remains committed to providing quality CPD to meet the evolving and emerging needs of GPs.
‘As shown with the introduction of the new simpler CPD program, the college continues to listen to its members and advocate for them on important issues, such as the MBA-proposed changes to CPD,’ RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon previously told newsGP.  
‘Ninety-seven percent of our members are CPD compliant and eligible for the A1 Medicare rebate, and the college will work to maintain or improve this benchmark into the future.’
Members will be surveyed from 11 June on their user experience, and are encouraged to provide feedback about how the college can improve the CPD program, including the new myCPD dashboard.
Visit the college website to learn more about the RACGP CPD Program.
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Prof Max Kamien, AM   11/06/2020 4:23:59 PM

Medicine, like Law is a profession. One of the essences of a profession is that its practitioners have a high degree of autonomy in how to carry out their job. That includes keeping up to date.
Medicos are experts at working out how to jump through hoops. After all, we all got into medical school and survived and even flourished. We are perfectly able to organise our own CME. In my case, this has always been useful and less boring than the enforced stamp-like collection of CME points.
This bureaucracy arose in the late 1980s when the RACGP wanted to differentiate its members from those who were not members. The bait was a higher patient rebate from Medicare. The Federal government's price was proof of CME. The bitterly fought outcome was a dent in the concept of medical professionalism and the rise of an expensive CME bean-counting bureaucracy. Has it improved medical care? Does anybody know? Will the RACGP develop an app to answer that $3000 question?