The New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC) and Medical Board of Australia (MBA) have set requirements to revise lifelong learning for medical specialists. Known as recertification in NZ, and CPD in Australia, both regulators are keen to strengthen the process and outcomes of lifelong learning for ophthalmologists. This aligns closely with RANZCO’s commitment to best patient outcomes, practitioner wellbeing and a culture of giving back.
RANZCO’s CPD Committee, led by Dr Lawrence Lee, has spent most of 2021 developing a new CPD framework that will be launched a full year before it becomes a mandatory requirement from the MBA and six months prior to commencement by the MCNZ.
We wanted to ensure our Fellows are ahead of the curve and have time to understand and embrace these changes before they become mandatory
Dr Lee explained, “the changes to the CPD framework are significant and the Committee embraced the MBA’s sentiment of an inclusive CPD with purpose. We wanted to ensure our Fellows are ahead of the curve and have time to understand and embrace these changes before they become mandatory.”
RANZCO has produced a video that explains the key changes.
“The introduction of the Professional Development Plan is a critical change,” Dr Lee said. “This sees Fellows engaging in reflective practice at the start and end of each CPD cycle. It is designed to ensure CPD is undertaken to further specific learning aims for Fellows. We expect this will enhance the outcomes Fellows get from their learning journey and will allow them to scaffold their learning over many years.”
In addition to launching early, RANZCO is strengthening its CPD offering through the creation of RANZCO-developed resources.