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5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Opportunities for Victorian Nurses and Midwives in 2020/2021

Posted about 2 months ago

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​Have you completed the required CPD hours depending on your level of experience as a nurse and/or midwife? Knowing where to look for different and unique opportunities can be tiring, particularly after a few night shifts or after the dreaded late/early. So we have done the hard work for you by outlining 5 potential ways you can maintain best practice and earn CPD points as a nurse or midwife working in Victoria.

1. Complete the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (Victoria Branch) online modules

The ANMF is spoiling us. They have developed a range of exciting online modules that can contribute to your CPD and are available online via interactive zoom workshops and seminars. Topics include; viral hepatitis prevention (2 hours CPD), acute management of minor burns (4 hours CPD), and managing problematic drug use (2 hours CPD).

If you are a paid ANMF member of the Victorian Branch you receive an annual credit limit (renewed 1 July annually) for access to the online CPD portal. Note all face to face or interactive Zoom workshops/seminars require payment. The credit limits are as following:

  • full time and part-time members $400

  • members on primary carer’s leave $120

  • student and associate members $80

  • To access the ANMF (Victorian Branch) CPD portal, click here.

There are also modules available via the federal ANMF site which can be found here.

2. Explore local hospital-based events

Major tertiary hospitals in Victoria such as The Royal Children’s Hospital, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and The Alfred Hospital all offer incredible events throughout the year covering a range of topics from trauma to burns to sepsis.

In my experience, these events are well structured, professionally organised, and are well worth attending if you’ve never been. However, due to COVID-19, it appears the events calendar is looking a little bare right now. Here are three workshops which may be of interest

Emergency Medicine Research Course

  • When: 3 August 2020 — 6 December 2020

  • Where: Online (link via Alfred Hospital)

  • Find out more here

Motivational Interviewing

  • When: 8 December 2020

  • Where: Women's Alcohol & Drug Service (via zoom)

  • Find out more

Third Trimester Ultrasound for Nurses and Midwives

  • When: 22nd April 2021

  • Where: See ultrasoundtraining.com for details

  • Note: Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Activity; 13.5 CPD hours

3. Explore the Nursing CPD Institute

Did you know there is an online nursing community specifically designed to help you maintain your CPD hours? Well, if you didn’t, say hello to the Nursing CPD institute.

This intuitive platform provides comprehensive educational opportunities that meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) requirements. There are literally hundreds of ways you can achieve your CPD hours on their website! Instead of buying one-off courses, as you may experience with the ANMF’s online portal, the Nursing CPD Institute offers an annual membership of $99 giving you access to a huge library of CPD resources plus a ton of other benefits. If this sounds like something worth exploring more, check out this link to be taken to the Nursing CPD Institute home page.

If you are on the fence about signing up, they do offer a free CPD session counting for 1 hour of CPD. Enrol here.

4. Complete online courses with HealthTimes

I’m sure you’ve visited their website before upon googling something health and nursing-related, but did you know HealthTimes also offer CPD opportunities?

They have teamed up with LearnEM, another online platform that provides excellent training and educational resources to those working within the acute healthcare sector to provide some pretty phenomenal healthcare modules. These include paediatric emergencies ($39.00 for 2 hours CPD), care of clients with bariatric needs ($42.90 for 1-hour CPD) and also bullying in the healthcare workplace ($44.00 for 1-hour CPD).

Their courses are super easy to access here and well worth a look.

5. Explore AusMed Courses

You may recognise AusMed as the company and/or app which you might use to keep track of your CPD hours. Well, this company has much more to offer than that. Find an abundance of courses and resources which have insightfully been sorted into “learning hubs.” These learning hubs include practice areas, clinical, non-clinical, and other resources such as wellbeing and mandatory training.

In regards to cost, some of their resources are free and generally include only short reading materials. So to unlock the popular nitty-gritty content, you’re going to need to pay. They offer different payment structures such as $90 each quarter, or an annual fee of $360. Though it may seem hefty, from all accounts, it’s worth every cent. Find out more by checking out AusMed here.

Extras: Here are another couple of resources which are worth exploring:

In summary, as a nurse working in Victoria, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to CPD opportunities. Research workshops, information evenings at your local hospital (some even offer dinner!) and explore online libraries packed with resources to stimulate your learning.

Cheers,

Emma Smith

Registered Nurse