Australian pharmacists' understanding of their continuing professional development obligations

Thompson, Wendy and Nissen, Lisa M. (2013) Australian pharmacists' understanding of their continuing professional development obligations. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 43 3: 213-217.

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Author Thompson, Wendy
Nissen, Lisa M.
Title Australian pharmacists' understanding of their continuing professional development obligations
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
Publication date 2013-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 213
End page 217
Total pages 5
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC Australia
Publisher Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2736 Pharmacology (medical)
3611 Pharmacy
Formatted abstract
Background: Adoption of mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists in Australia is relatively
new. Difficulties have been reported with the introduction of CPD frameworks in other countries. There is limited
information on how Australian pharmacists have engaged with the CPD requirements for registration.

Aim: To explore Australian pharmacists’ understanding and engagement with the CPD requirements for renewal of

Method: The Pharmacy Board of Australia’s CPD requirements for registration was used to design an online survey to explore the level of understanding and engagement Australian pharmacists have with the CPD framework.

Results: 278 pharmacists responded to the survey – 66% were female, 30% were male and 4% did not disclose their gender.  63% of respondents noted that it would not be difficult to acquire 40 CPD credits annually. Respondents identified that  Group 1 activities were a preferred way of acquiring CPD  credits. Majority of pharmacists (91%) believed that they
knew the CPD requirements for registration and 77% noted  that there had been sufficient guidance provided. Despite this,
26% of participants had never used self-directed learning  plans and 38% did not know how to undertake self-directed
learning. 76% of participants were under the common  misconception that CPD is synonymous with continuing

Conclusion: The majority of pharmacists believe they  understand and can engage in the acquisition of CPD  credits for renewal of registration. Some aspects of the  CPD framework was not understood, such as how it aims  to develop a pharmacist’s practice. This aspect of the CPD  framework will need to be further developed. 
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