PDPs are accumulated over a one year cycle corresponding with the membership year (July 1-June 30) and MA members are required to accrue a total of 20 PDPs per cycle.
Why are Professional Development Points important?
Professional Development is a very important process which ensures that practicing myotherapists are keeping their skills up to date and maintaining a high level of competency. Professional Development which is relevant to Myotherapy is eligible for Professional Development Points (PDPs). It is a pre-requisite that PDPs be gained and ongoing to ensure recognition from Health Funds and other authorities and to maintain MA membership.
New PD Guidelines Came into Effect July 1, 2017, changes include:
- New one year cycle - 20 PDPs
- PD is self-managed
It is the responsibility of members to ensure they complete and update their Professional Development. Soon to be available: Members will be able to check PD record requirements and their accumulated PDP tally, based on self-recorded information.
When PD activities are complete, members need to fill in a PD Record Form (Formal or Informal) and submit to MA.
At the time of renewal members must have at least 20 documented PDPs to demonstrate compliance with MA's annual PD target for the concluding PD cycle.
- You choose the topics, activities and presenters to suit your interests, growth areas and learning style
The increase in hours is offset by increased flexibility and greater options for ongoing learning and development. Each member will now be free to choose the topics, activities and presenters which suit their specific development needs, interests and learning style.
- PD is divided into two types - Formal Activities and Informal Activities
FORMAL PD ACTIVITIES:
MA and MA Accredited Courses, Seminars, Conference and Workshops
Formal degree/Post-graduate study
Units (not assessed) from Myotherapy and other Allied Health degree programs
INFORMAL PD ACTIVITIES:
Online learning Portal tasks (e.g. Coursera, Medbridge, Physiopedia, Clinica/Edge)
Attendance at 'In Service' activities
Participation in MA-endorsed volunteer events
Podcasts (30 minutes and over)
Related Association Memberships
Peer Reviewed Journal Subscriptions
Journal Articles/Book Chapters
- Complete a PD Record Form for each activity and submit to MA
Members are required to complete PD Data Record forms - Formal or Informal - for each activity and submit to MA for record-keeping. Read the PD Guidelines to know specific documentation requirements for each activity.
- MA will conduct random audits to ensure compliance
Audits of PD records will occur during the year and will determine whether PDPs allocated are consistent with the guidelines and whether all requirements have been met. Audited members whose professional development is deemed to be inadequate will be required to rectify their PD records by completing additional PD. Failure to rectify within an agreed time period may result in suspension of membership including cancellation of health fund provider numbers.
Members may be subject to random auditing and therefore need to keep PD documentation for 5 years as outlined in the guidelines.
Applying for an exemption
Upon application to the PD committee an eligible member may qualify for PDP’s to be reduced or waived and include certified illness, maternity leave and extended overseas travel (prior approval required). Please refer to the Professional Development Guidelines for how to apply for an exemption.
If you have any questions please email or phone the MYOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION AUSTRALIA Office on (03) 9418 3913.
Seeking accreditation as a workshop provider
Workshop providers seeking accreditation for their professional development program will be required to submit their workshop for assessment and allocation of PDPs if eligible. Workshop provider seeking MA Professional Development Accreditation are required to complete a Workshop Accreditation Form for Workshop Organisers