CPD in 2023 – The good, the bad and the ugly

Dr Charlotte Hespe

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Dr Charlotte Hespe

MBBS (Hons), DCH (Lon), FRACGP, FAICD, GCUT (UNDA), Head, General Practice and Primary Care Research, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Charlotte Hespe

 
What on earth is happening to our CPD?

Healthed recently surveyed several hundred GPs to understand which concerns they wanted the RACGP to address. After issues around remuneration and financial viability, CPD is one of the biggest issues.

As a GP who has always advocated for good communication and clarity, I have written this article about “The new CPD” to inform you about what the proposed changes look like, I have also tried to answer the frequently asked questions but acknowledge that, while we certainly know a lot more than before, there are still a few important but unanswered ones!

Over the last 12-24 months, multiple rumours have been flying around concerning proposed changes to our CPD program. So, which of the rumours are true and how did all this come about in the first place?

The story behind the changes to our CPD is somewhat political, complex, and lengthy, so I’ll try to be brief with the backstory. Like most RACGP members, the first hint of any change to our CPD program hit my radar in 2016 when RACGP president, Dr Bastian Seidel, launched the College’s now infamous ‘PLAN’ Quality Improvement activity as part of the 2017-2019 triennium.
 

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