What to do for the new CPD period

Pharmacy Board’s updated guidance on how to plan your CPD in light of the revised competency standards framework

A comprehensive review of the 2010 framework was combined with integration of standards in the 2012 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework to produce a national competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia.

The 2016 framework, published in May 2017, was endorsed by all 11 member organisations of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee.

Pharmacists can choose to plan their CPD according to either the 2010 standards or the revised 2016 standards, the Board confirms.

Meanwhile the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee is developing practice support tools for implementation of the revised framework.

“These tools can help pharmacists in working through the standards in the future, including in relation to planning their CPD,” says the Board, with more information to be published when the tools are released.

It encourages pharmacists to use the planning tools developed by pharmacy member organisations or the tools published on the Board’s website.

The Board also reminds pharmacists of the universal domains in the 2010 and 2016 standards, which apply to all pharmacists:

  • Domain 1 titled Professional and ethical practice in the 2010 standards (Professionalism and ethics in the 2016 standards), and
  • Domain 2, titled Communication, collaboration and self-management in the 2010 standards (Communication and collaboration in the 2016 standards).

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