Deadline for CPD requirements fast approaching
SYDNEY, Australia: Further education is not only important for dentists to remain up to date in their profession but also a prerequisite in order to remain a registered practitioner. The Dental Board of Australia requires every registered dentist to complete 60 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over a three-year cycle, and the current cycle finishes on 30 November this year.
There are a number of ways to meet this industry-set standard, from online webinars, such as those offered by the Dental Tribune Study Club, to seminars held by Australian Dental Association (ADA) branches and other healthcare and clinical organisations. However, owing to the number of options, which include peer-to-peer study and discussion groups, it is important to understand what, exactly, is classed as CPD accreditation.
The ADA and the Dental Board of Australia have laid out several key points, including the requirement that there is open disclosure about monetary or special interest a course provider may have with any company whose products are discussed in the course. Content of CPD courses must be evidence-based. If the CPD activity includes an assessment or feedback activity, this should be designed to go beyond the simple recall of facts and should seek to demonstrate learning with an emphasis on the integration and use of the knowledge in professional practice.
Many different CPD options are available, and sometimes, in seeking to make the right choice, the practitioner might find that the information provided is confusing or unhelpful. The ADA has always made itself available for questions should practitioners need any assistance. The Dental Board of Australia too provides guidance in this area.