Continuing Education Program Committee Annual Report Print E-mail

Dr Bernard StreetIt gives me great pleasure to present my sixth and final report as the Chair of the CEP Committee. In this report I will highlight the achievements for 2015 and outline the directions for CEP in the context of the revalidation and recertification discussions, which are drawing to a conclusion.

  • Our 2014 CEP compliance rate for FRACMAs is around 92% This is consistent with previous years.
  • The 2014 AFRACMA CEP rate is 62%
  • The recertification/revalidation discussions are reaching their conclusions. The CEP Program will be reviewed in line with the revised standards. Expect change.
  • The College is running an increasing range of educational activities
  • RACMA Development of the Learning and Teaching Centre for Medical managers and Leaders
  • Successful National Conferences in Sydney 2014 and Auckland 2015
CEP Participation

The proportion of RACMA Fellows logging eCEP activities in 2014 was 92%. This is consistent with the compliance rates recorded in recent years. However it remains concerning the rate is not 100% and the College is following up non-compliers.

The 2014 eCEP Participation Rates for Associate Fellows was 64%. We continue to encourage all AFRACMAs to participate, acknowledging that in many cases they are participating in a number of CEP programs.

The above participation rates relate to Standard 2 - 50 points of CPD in activities related to RACMA Competencies. RACMA Fellows are reminded that they must also comply with Standard 1 - The Annual Audit, Peer Review or Performance Development standard.

In support of this RACMA has developed a multi-source, 360 degree feedback tool to assist members comply with Standard 1. It is available to members through the College for a modest fee which includes confidential feedback. Details are available from the College.

Fellows are also encouraged to lodge learning plans in line with their scope of practice. This is likely to become a requirement once the AMC standards are finalised (see revalidation/recertification discussion below).

Note also that AHPRA has commenced an audit program. It is the responsibility of each participant to maintain evidence of CEP activities for 3 years. To assist audit preparedness eCEP participants are encouraged to log evidence of activities into the eCEP program. It is pleasing to note that more Fellows are availing themselves of this capacity.

Revalidation and Recertification

The RACMA CEP Committee is responsible for ensuring that the RACMA Continuing Professional Development Program complies with the requirements of the key regulatory agencies - the Medical Board of Australia and the New Zealand Medical Council.

RACMA is participating in the Revalidation/Recertification consultation being run by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) on behalf of the Australian and NZ regulators. The recommendations will lead to changes in the RACMA CEP program.

Among recent developments:

AMC has published draft revisions to the standards
Standards for Assessment and Accreditation of Specialist Medical Programs and Professional Development Programs by the Australian Medical Council: Draft Revisions: July 2015

The standards now include
9.1.3 The education provider's CPD requirements must define the required participation in activities that maintain, develop, update and enhance the knowledge, skills and performance required for safe and appropriate contemporary practice in the relevant specialty(s), including for cultural competence.

9.1.4 The education provider requires participants to select CPD activities relevant to their learning needs, based on their current and intended scope of practice within the specialty(s). The education provider requires specialists to complete a cycle of planning and self-evaluation of learning goals and achievements.

9.1.5 The education provider provides a CPD program(s) and a range of educational activities that is available to all specialists in the specialty(s).

The Medical Council of NZ has published their recertification vision statement
Recertification should ensure that each doctor is supported by education that reflects their individual learning needs and is delivered by effective, efficient mechanisms that support continuing improvement in performance.

And outlined seven principles for quality recertification
  • Evidence-based
  • Formative in nature
  • Informed by relevant data
  • Based on the doctor's actual work and workplace setting
  • Profession-led
  • Informed by public input and referenced to the Code of Consumer Rights
  • Supported by employers
The Council of Medical Colleges in NZ has published the "Best Practice Guide for Continuous Practice Improvement" which the CEP Committee has recommended to the Board as a reference Document.

The RACMA Approach.

The College is currently positioning itself to best comply with these upcoming standards:
  • A Revalidation Working Party has been convened under the Education and Training Committee. In conjunction with the CEP Committee the College CEP Standards and Activities will be reviewed. Fellows and Members will be kept abreast of developments through RACMA newsletters.
  • The College is planning a significant upgrade of the eCEP platform. Features include an improved user interface, incorporation of learning plans and better capacity to lodge evidence.
  • The Learning and Teaching Centre for Medical Managers and Leaders is being launched in 2016 and will enable RACMA to deliver an increased amount of College CPD.
CPD Education Activities

RACMA is providing an increasing number of CPD activities. These include
  • 2015 Management for Clinicians Workshops in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Practical Leadership Series for Doctors in Tasmania
  • The Interact Webinar Series
  • The E-dgy Issues Program (webinars)
These activities are allowing RACMA members to obtain an increasing proportion of their CEP points through RACMA auspiced activities. The webinars are also captured as podcasts and are available as an online medical management library.

National Scientific Program Committee (NSPC)

This Committee was established in 2008 as part of a national approach to convening the RACMA Annual Scientific Meetings.

The 2014 Conference in Sydney focused on the Future of Health Care. We had a record attendance of around 240 delegates and feedback was very positive.

The 2015 Conference in Auckland NZ has the theme of Inequality and Health with its significant social justice implications. I expect a stimulating and rewarding conference.


As I step down, I would like to thank the members of the RACMA CEP Committee, the National Scientific Program Committee and our conference organisers Leishman and Associates for their energy and enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge and contribution. It has been immensely satisfying working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people over the past 6 years. In particular I would like to thank Dr David Sage and the NZ Committee for taking the reins in regard to this year's NZ conference.

Thanks also to our President Dr Lee Gruner, our brilliant Chief Executive, Dr Karen Owen and our Board of Directors for their steadfast stewardship of our College and to the wonderful team at the National Office, especially Mr Dino DeFazio Information Systems Officer, and Ms Christine Cottrell, RACMA's Training Projects Coordinator for their excellent support.

I wish my successor, these committees and the College every success in the future.

Dr Bernard Street
Chair RACMA CEP Committee
September 2015

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