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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
35 MARCH 2011 The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) as in force in each state and territory came into effect on 1 July 2010. Under the National Law there is a mandatory requirement for registrants to participate in continuing professional development (CPD); the Board has therefore developed a Registration Standard in relation to CPD. From 1 July 2010 all dental practitioners in Australia have to meet the CPD requirements set by the Dental Board of Australia's (Board) Registration Standard (approved by Ministerial Council). The Registration Standard and the CPD Guideline (which provides more detail about CPD requirements) are published on the Board's website at www.dentalboard.gov.au. These responses to frequently asked questions may provide dental practitioners with further detail and understanding about the Board's requirements for CPD. WHAT RANGE AND VARIATION OF CPD ACTIVITIES IS EXPECTED BY THE BOARD FROM DENTAL PRACTITIONERS? The Board has not specified any mandatory CPD activities and the Board expects dental practitioners to engage in a range of CPD activities. There are no set limits on the number of hours a dental practitioner can spend on particular types of CPD activities, however it is expected that dental practitioners will undertake a variety of activities in line with the objectives of CPD. For example, a dental practitioner engaged in a formal supervision program of another dental practitioner or a dental practitioner who oversees examinations should not rely on those activities solely for meeting the requirements of the CPD Registration Standard. Similarly, reading journal articles or preparing and delivering lectures on dental topics to dental practitioners should not be the only CPD activities undertaken to meet the requirements of the CPD Registration Standard. HOW DOES A DENTAL PRACTITIONER EVALUATE THE CPD ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN? The Board has not specified an approval process for courses or course providers who provide CPD. However, the CPD guidelines detail some requirements and expectations at point 4. Registrants must make a professional judgement about the appropriateness of the CPD activity undertaken. When deciding what CPD activities to undertake, practitioners should first consider if the activity relates to the objectives of their personal CPD plan. They should assess the stated aims, objectives and outcomes of the activity. Practitioners can also evaluate the suitability of CPD activities against any or all of the following criteria and set of questions. HOW DOES A DENTAL PRACTITIONER ASSESS THE CONTENT OF THE CPD BEING PROVIDED AND WHAT IS THE SCIENTIFIC OR PRACTICAL BASIS OF THE MATERIAL BEING PRESENTED? Activities should address contemporary clinical and professional issues. Scientific and clinical activities should reflect accepted dental practice or be based on critical appraisal of scientific literature. The content must as far as possible be evidence-based without exaggerated claims. Activities should have scientific integrity and independence. Clinical content should reflect best practice care and evidence based treatment that is supported by scientific and biomedical research. WHAT TYPES OF INFORMATION SHOULD I RETAIN ON MY CPD RECORD/LOG BOOK WHEN I HAVE ATTENDED A COURSE OR PROGRAM? Retain the certificate of attendance/verification of participation that contains at least the following information: • Your name • Provider's name • Activity name • Date, time and location of activity • Number of CPD hours (excluding breaks) and Type of CPD hours (scientific/non-scientific) that are awarded as a result of completing the activity Such certification need not be a formal document. The record of participation may take the form of an email or end of year summary of the person's activities. WHAT ARE CLINICALLY OR SCIENTIFICALLY BASED ACTIVITIES? These activities relate to the scientific, clinical or technical aspects of oral health care. Activities about infection control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or patient record keeping for FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Continuing Professional Development
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