Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All active Fellows are required to participate in the RACS CPD Program or an approved alternative CPD Program. The program has been developed in consultation with the Fellowship and specialty societies, recognising the importance of ensuring a program that is workable for Fellows but also sufficiently rigorous to meet the requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The CPD Program has been designed to provide Fellows with a framework that supports all stages of their career including operative practice, non-operative clinical consulting, surgical assisting and non-consulting practice.


The aims of the CPD Program are:

• To advance the individual surgeon’s knowledge, skills, competence and behavioural awareness for the benefit of patients

• To encourage a culture of life-long learning that promotes collaboration, peer review and reflective practice

• To provide Fellows of the College with evidence of compliance with the CPD Program through an annual Statement of Compliance

Scope of Practice

Fellows are required to participate in CPD that is relevant to their scope of practice and which is based on their actual clinical practice and workplace setting. Quality activities are those which are evidence-based, formative in nature and profession-led, including practice-based reflective elements such as clinical audit, peer-review or performance appraisal, as well as participation in activities to enhance knowledge such as courses, conferences and online learning.

Fellows selected to verify their CPD participation will be assessed against their practice requirement and their scope of practice.

For more information read the CPD Guide

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