Optometry Board of Australia - New Requirements for Continuing Professional Development and Recency of Practice
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New Requirements for Continuing Professional Development and Recency of Practice

02 Jul 2010

Statement from AHPRA

Under the national registration and accreditation scheme, there are new registration standards relating to continuing professional development and recency of practice for all professions.

Practitioners who are registered at 30 June will transition into the new scheme automatically. When registrants renew in the first year, they will be asked to declare that they intend to meet the pro rata CPD requirements during their period of renewal.

All ten chairs of the National Boards wish to assure current registrants that they will have time to meet the new requirements. However, it is expected that all registrants will have met the CPD requirements of their registration standards when they renew in subsequent years.

In relation to recency of practice, at the time of renewal, all registrants will be required to declare that they meet the requirements of their National Board’s registration standard.

Where registrants declare that they do not meet the recency of practice requirements, the relevant National Board will consult with the registrant to decide on an agreed outcome.

Any practitioner who is not currently practising, may wish to consider whether to apply to change to non-practising registration type after having read and understood the definition of not practising the profession.

Registrants should also refer to their Board’s standardscodes and guidelines before seeking further information.


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