Osteopathy Practitioners are required to undergo Continue Professional Development throughout their careers to develop the personal and professional qualities required in the exercise of their profession. The following article has been written by the Osteopathy Board of Ahpra that informs the different CPD requirements for the groups of Osteopathy registrants only for 2021 and is subject to change
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (National Law) as in force in each state and territory, osteopaths are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).
The Osteopathy Board of Australia’s (the Board’s) requirements in relation to CPD is set out in its CPD Registration Standard and its Guidelines for CPD. Also published below are the forms that can be used in recording CPD activities in a CPD folder. The Board expects osteopaths to be familiar with – and to meet – the Board’s CPD requirements as set out in these documents.
The CPD Standard and Guidelines do not apply to students or osteopaths with non-practising registration nor, in some circumstances, osteopaths with limited registration.
25 hours of CPD must be carried out each year, as required by the Board, which includes four hours of mandatory topics approved by the Board.
Firstly, osteopaths must hold a current senior first aid certificate at the minimum standard of a Senior First Aid (level 2) certificate or equivalent. This is a stand-alone annual requirement and does not count towards the total of 25 hours of CPD learning. Secondly, in each CPD cycle of 12 months, osteopaths need to complete a minimum of four hours is required.