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What Is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuous/Continuing Professional Development. Some occupations within the health industry and in other industries are regulated. These occupations have sets of clinical and ethical standards to follow. These professional standards and the way they are monitored are different to each occupation.
Professionals must be aware of their particular set of standards and demonstrate that they make a continuous effort to improve, to adjust their practice and to enhance their professional knowledge.  Professionals are required to document this process of professional development and keep the records for possible audit by regulation authorities (health professions are regulated by AHPRA).  Typically, professionals are required to invest a predefined minimum of annual CPD hours that are sometimes measured by CPD points.
What is a Professional Portfolio?

A professional portfolio is a collection of all professional records including registration, education, experience and professional development. When audited by the regulatory authority, this portfolio can serve as evidence of knowledge, professional skills, experience and efforts to improve.
 Why do I need CPD?

It is mandatory. For health professional, this standard has been approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 31 March 2010 pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (2009) (the National Law) with approval taking effect from 1 July 2010. See relevant Professional Development links and Free CPD Links  for more information about specific health professions. More on Professional Development Products