To be a practicing radiographer in Australia, individuals must be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA). As a condition of registration, practitioners are requested to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and complete a minimum of 60 hours over a three-year period1. All hours of activity are recorded by individuals with the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR), which administers the CPD program on behalf of the MRPBA.
Points are allocated based on completed training and can be accrued through various modes such as, attendance to scientific meetings or conferences, clinical training events, in-hospital staff education programs, applications training and online education. All education programs must be approved by AIR with an associated appellation code in order for practitioners to earn points2.
With the requirements for staff to maintain accreditation through the CPD program, ISHLD identified a need to offer more educational opportunities to staff in addition to them attending scientific meetings or conferences.
Moreover, given the regular intake of student radiographers, ISHLD was looking to develop a more structured program to deliver a comprehensive training program during their twelve month clinical placements.