SCDL's Continuing Professional Development offering continues to grow, with more than 60 CPD points available from an unparalleled selection of Invisalign® education courses, intra-oral scanning demonstration seminars and clinical readings.
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) came into effect on 1 July 2010 whereby all dental practitioners in Australia have to meet the CPD requirements set by the Dental Board of Australia's Registration Standard.
In summary, the CPD Registration Standard requires all dental practitioners to:
The CPD guidelines provide detailed explanations of these terms, as follows:
For an activity to be recognised as clinically or scientifically based, it must relate to the scientific, clinical or technical aspects of oral health care. Activities about infection control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or patient record keeping, for instance, would be classified as clinical/scientific, as would topics relating to oral health or particular dental procedures such as endodontics, caries treatment, crown preparations etc. Non-scientific activities are those that are indirectly related to but supportive of dental care, and include courses about practice management and dento-legal responsibilities. Subjects that relate to a dental practitioner’s financial wellbeing (such as marketing or personal finance) would not be considered to be clinically or scientifically based. The activities need to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of a dental practitioner’s knowledge, skills and performance of oral health care.
The subject matter of CPD may also include activities in dentistry outside the dental practitioner’s usual practice, for example dental prosthetists may undertake study about implants, drug therapies and digital radiography; dental therapists and hygienists on prosthetics and occlusal therapy or orthodontics. This type of subject matter would be considered a scientific activity.
What has been known as "Continuing Education, or CE credits" will in most cases translate to hourly CPD credits. In general, attending a course for seven hours would be equivalent to 7 hours of CPD hours, provided that the time is invested in CPD programs that meet the Board’s guidelines.