Continuing Education

In order to maintain currency of registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia practitioners must maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge, expertise and competence throughout their careers in line with the changing needs of clients and society.

For Chiropractors the required minimum level of Continuing Professional Development is 25 hours over the 12 month registration period (1st December – 30th November). The 25 hours must comprise a minimum of 12.5 hours of Formal Learning Activity (FLA) with the other 12.5 hours either formal or informal activity.

The Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) provides high quality FLA CPD programs which are available to Chiropractic Australia members at discounted rates. For further information on COCA’s online and distance education modules and the all-inclusive package click here

All Inclusive Package for Online CPD Programs

Members can also take advantage of COCA’s all inclusive CPD package priced at $260.00 including GST which will allow members to select any of COCA’s online education programs (excluding the Risk Management modules) at any time until 30th November each year and will be a convenient and low cost way to meet all your Formal Learning Activity requirements. This link will allow you purchase this all inclusive package:  http://coca.learnprn.com/it.dll/itpu06?m=111_02&id264=1

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