New education, CPD system for pharmacists

pharmacist with tablet computer

After extensive communication with members and the wider pharmacy industry, and in close consultation with key industry stakeholders, IT specialists and education practitioners, the Australian College of Pharmacy has reinvented the way pharmacists can engage with education and satisfy their CPD requirements.

The new system, which is available to ACP members, has state-of-the-art features to provide latest high quality CPD and includes an ePortfolio – a virtual concept the ACP has designed in accordance with the Australian Government’s Flexible Learning Framework, which features a learning plan, a learning transcript (CPD Record) and a reflective journal.

The College says it has turned to innovation in IT as it looks to provide even more value to its members and meet the demands of supporting pharmacists from their student days right through to advanced practice.

It has introduced an advanced CPD program via its new website.

College President Patrick Reid, a recipient of multiple innovation and IT awards, says the new system is able to “focus on pharmacy practice, specifically enabling pharmacists to turn knowledge into practice.

“The key is to participate in educational activities that are relevant and timely, and allow pharmacists to learn something today that they can implement in their work context tomorrow,” Reid says.

Marie Ritchie, CEO of PDL, which supports the initiative, says investing in pharmacy education helps minimise risk by giving pharmacists access to more information, helping them to perform at a higher level.

“The more education you have, the better informed you are, which produces better quality pharmacists – which supports the community at large,” she says.

“There’s free CPDs out there, but we think the College has a good model and that’s why this innovation of the learning management system will be valuable.”

The new platform is optimised for tablets and smart phones to encourage accessibility and ease of use, ensuring that CPD is timely and relevant.

It contains interactive aspects such as quizzes, audio and visual elements created to make the process both more impactful and engaging. The educational offering includes improved functionality for CPD assessments and feedback.

More than 110 courses are currently available including new modules on subjects such as e-cigarettes, monoclonal antibodies, Parkinson’s disease, drugs in lactation, insomnia and topical corticosteroids, as well as on a range of management and business topics.

The College’s Academic Board has ensured that pharmacists will be able to keep updated with accredited, quality information and educational products, which will also automatically populate member’s records for ease of reporting to the Pharmacy Board and for building their portfolio for professional advancement to higher recognition.

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