Chiropractic Australia


The New Registration Standard: Continuing Professional Development

The 1st of December 2019 marked the introduction of the new AHPRA Registration Standard: Continuing Professional Development and the release of revised Guidelines: Continuing Professional Development from the Chiropractic Board of Australia.

The new Guidelines state that chiropractors must complete at least 20 hours of CPD within each 12 month period between 1st December – 30th November that:

  1. Seek to improve patient health outcomes, safety and experiences
  2. Draw on the best available evidence, including well-established and accepted knowledge that is supported by research where possible, to inform good practice and decision-making.
  3. Contribute directly to maintaining and improving their competence (performance and behaviour) and keep them up to date in their chosen scope and setting of practice.
  4. Build on their existing knowledge

The new standard removes the distinction between formal and informal learning, reduces the minimum of required hours from 25 to 20, and also removes the previous requirement for all CPD activity to be accredited. This includes seminars, workshops, conferences and online programs. Practitioners are now required to determine for themselves if the CPD activity is appropriate for them to increase their knowledge.

Practitioners will be required to maintain a portfolio that documents their learning goals and records all their planned CPD activities and their reflection on how these activities are expected to improve or have improved their practice.

Practitioners will also be required to maintain a First Aid qualification equivalent to HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The revised CBA Guidelines for CPD for Chiropractors can be found here.

For further information or any enquiry regarding CPD contact CA on 1300 767 348.

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