Continuing Professional Development (CPD) describes the ongoing process that all health professionals undertake to review their practice, maintain competence and enhance their professional and personal skills and knowledge, in order to ensure their ability to provide high quality care.
ACM offers a range of CPD activities and services that are available to both ACM members and non-members - they are generally free or discounted for ACM members!
CPD for Midwives
CPD should consist of learning experiences which add to your skills, knowledge and attitudes as a midwife, with the aim of enhancing your practice, education, management, and/or research. Ultimately it is about ensuring the midwifery profession as a whole provides the best possible care to women and their families.
Why is CPD necessary?
CPD is important because childbearing women, employers, regulatory bodies, and the community need to be assured that midwives remain up to date and competent to practice. In today's rapidly changing maternity care environment, it is no longer possible to rely solely on your initial midwifery studies and subsequent on-the-job experience to provide high-quality midwifery care. It is necessary for all midwives to regularly update their knowledge and skills.
As a health professional, you also have a responsibility to maintain your competence in accordance with regulatory and professional standards, policies and guidelines, including the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Continuing professional development registration standard.
What CPD activities count?
There are a variety of ways in which effective learning can occur. These include the more formal learning experiences of attending workshops and seminars, but also the learning that occurs during practice, such as teaching colleagues, reading a journal article, reviewing and/or presenting research evidence.
Click here for more ACM CPD's Opportunity.
Do you hold a nurse registration as well as being a midiwfe? Wondering what CPD applies to you?
Midwives who also hold a nurse registration are required by the NMBA to complete 20 CPD hours relevant to midiwfery and 20 CPD hours relevant to nursing. However, there may be some cross over. For more information, go to the NMBA factsheet about CPD.