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Continuing Professional Development

The Medical Board of Australia and the Medical Council of New Zealand, having reviewed the COVID-19 situation, have both decided to mandate the completion of CPD in 2021. If you have any questions regarding the requirements, please email us at

RANZCO Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) encompasses multiple education and developmental activities through which healthcare professionals undertake throughout their careers to maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills, performance and relationships in the provision of health care. The ultimate goal of CPD is to enhance the quality and safety of patient care and to enhance health outcomes.

Both the Medical Board of Australia and the Medical Council of New Zealand have made regular participation in CPD a requirement of registration to practice medicine in their respective jurisdictions. Participation in CPD is also a requirement of College Fellowship.

The CPD Handbook details the framework and requirements of the program, summarised below.

CPD Programs

Each year, all Fellows participating in the College’s CPD program record the CPD activities they have undertaken into their online CPD Diary via the College website. At the close of each CPD year, Fellows have up to 31 December to record all their CPD activities.

Fellows are not required to submit documentary evidence when recording their CPD activities. Each year, after 31 January, the College conducts a claims verification audit of 5% of Fellows. Fellows selected to participate in this audit will be required to provide documentary evidence to support their claims.

Fellows who have recorded CPD activities in their online CPD Diary are able to download a letter of CPD participation from within the diary.

At the end of each CPD Program cycle, CPD Compliant Fellows will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development. Fellows selected to participate in the annual member audit exercise will receive the Certificate upon successful completion of the audit.

CPD Framework

The RANZCO CPD framework is designed to help Fellows adopt a structured approach to planning their CPD for ongoing maintenance and development of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and attitudes. It consists of three categories reflecting the seven key roles and attributes of a specialist ophthalmologist: Medical Expert, Communicator, Manager, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

• Category 1: Clinical Expertise
• Category 2: Risk Management and Clinical Governance
• Category 3: Professional Values

Within each category, two levels of activities are recognised:

• Level 1 activities include traditional, passive learning activities such as lectures, conferences and journal reading.
• Level 2 activities are those that focus on implementing or facilitating changes in practice and health outcomes. Examples of such activities include clinical and surgical audits, practice visits, and patient satisfaction surveys.

CPD Requirements

• Fellows (including part-time) – must complete a minimum of 80 points per year including 30 points from Clinical Expertise Level 2.
• Fully Retired Fellows* are not required to be CPD compliant to maintain their RANZCO Fellowship.

* Fully retired Fellows are those Fellows no longer in practice or on the medical register.

Professional Development Plan Template

Non-Fellows and CPD

The College welcomes ophthalmologists residing in Australia and New Zealand who are currently not RANZCO Fellows, to apply to participate in its Continuing Professional Development Program.

To apply, please click here and follow the steps to access the online application.

Please note: RANZCO reserves the right to refuse applications for participation in the Continuing Professional Development Program.
If you would like more information, please email us at or phone: 02 9690 1001.

Last updated: December 17, 2021

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