Australian pharmacists' understanding of their continuing professional development obligations

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

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The adoption of continuing professional development (CPD) in Australia is still relatively new [expand]. There is limited information on how Australian pharmacists have engaged with the CPD requirements for registration.


To explore Australian registered pharmacists’ understanding and engagement with the requirement for CPD credits for registration.


The Pharmacy Board of Australia’s CPD requirements for registration was used as a guide to design an online survey to ascertain Australian pharmacists understanding and engagement in the acquisition of CPD credits for registration.


A total of 278 pharmacists responded to the survey – 66% were female and 30% were male (4% did not disclose their gender). 63% of respondents felt that it would not be difficult to acquire 40 CPD credits annually; with pharmacists identifying that Group 1 activities were a preferred way of acquiring CPD credits. The majority of pharmacists (91%) believed that they knew what the current CPD requirements for general registration are and 77% felt that there has been enough guidance provided to assist them. 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 education.


The majority of registered pharmacists believe they understand and can engage in the acquisition of CPD credits for registration. However, some aspects of the process was not understood. The key link of how this process aims to develop individual practice needs to be further developed within the profession.

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ID Code: 67574
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1002/j.2055-2335.2013.tb00257.x
ISSN: 1445-937X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2014 22:18
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 05:38

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