Continuing Professional Development
The Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA), supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) has developed clear Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development.
The Guidelines are very clear in defining the differences between formal and informal learning activities. Formal Learning activies are activities that relate to clinical matters that contribute to the maintenance and development of clinical competencies and clinical practice. The expectation is that these activities will contribute to minimising risk, improving safety of patients or clients and better health outcomes. Hours claimed as formal learning activities must be directed toward these clinical matters.
Formal learning activities may refer to:
- Distance education modules and online learning (should include an examination or assessment component)
- Conferences, forums, seminars and workshops
- Undertaking research and presentation of work (for example papers for publication, major conference posters, and official submissions). These need to be substantive, reference and evidence-based.
- Making health-related presentations of new or substantively reviewed material (for example research presentations, poster presentations, lectures, seminar presentations)
- Tertiary and other accredited courses
- Accreditation activities (inspection teams and evaluation of institutional/team reports)
Informal and incidental learning activities may refer to such things as self-study of reference materials, journals, etc.; clinical case discussion with other health professionals; quality assurance activities such as practice accreditation; research; clinical supervision of students and practitioners; clinical supervision/mentoring of students or practitioners.
To access the Board’s Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development click here