Pharmacists are reminded to complete a compulsory Continuous Professional Development Plan to meet the looming September 30 deadline, PSA warned today.
Under new Pharmacy Board of Australia requirements, every registered pharmacist (except non-practising pharmacists) must declare on registration they have a CPD plan to outline their development needs and have completed 40 credits of relevant CPD before the end of September.
To help pharmacists meet this deadline, PSA has pioneered an intuitive, online CPD Planning Tool to help pharmacists easily identify professional development needs relevant to their scope of practice and competencies and find relevant CPD to undertake.
The new, user-friendly PSA CPD tool is mobile friendly and enables pharmacists to develop their annual CPD plan on a mobile phone or tablet in 20 to 30 minutes.
The tool has been a key focus during free PSA workshops, held across Australia, which have received a strong response with more than 2500 pharmacists registered over recent weeks.
PSA National Vice President Michelle Lynch says time is running out for pharmacists who have not completed a CPD plan.
“PSA is urging all pharmacists to ensure they have a compulsory CPD plan to meet the September 30 timeframe – it’s not worth taking a risk by ignoring this important deadline,” Lynch says.
“The new tool allows you to identify your scope of practice and where you want to focus.”
PSA offers an extensive range of accredited CPD available with more than 2500 hours of online CPD including recorded lectures available.
PSA spokesperson and leading pharmacist Dr Shane Jackson says PSA’s “seamless” tool takes the hassle out of completing a CPD plan.
“Everybody needs to do this – and the new PSA CPD tool is a very easy way of identifying where you want to go with your career and how you want to get there,” Dr Jackson says.
“The profession has been looking for a tool like this for a long time to be able to help pharmacists develop a learning plan. Using the tool, CPD and learning opportunities are much more focussed around your development needs.
“CPD is important because it allows people to develop professionally and become better pharmacists – if we all become better pharmacists, then the professional moves forward collectively.”
All pharmacists – including non-PSA members – can attend the free PSA workshops being held across Australia in metropolitan and regional areas, offering hands-on guidance and support in developing and maintaining a CPD plan. Pharmacists can register for the workshops from here.