Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs are utilised by many professional organisations to ensure members of those professions maintain a high level of knowledge and skills throughout their professional life. ASAR recognises the importance of a CPD program to develop the ultrasound profession and to improve public confidence in the ultrasound service. The requirement to successfully comply with a CPD program for Accredited Sonographers (AMS, ABS and ACVS) in order to remain on the ASAR Register forms part of the Medicare Australia legislation. Within Australia, the Medicare rebate for sonographic services performed by a Sonographer is only payable where that Sonographer is on the ASAR Register.
All accredited Sonographers must therefore participate in an ASAR recognised CPD program in order to remain on the register: ASAR CPD program, PD-asa CPD Program, ASMIRT CPD Program and myASUM Program. These programs provide a formalised mechanism of documented professional development in the form of CPD points that are collected by the individual Sonographer and logged with the relevant organisation.
Within each program, points are allocated under categories of CPD activities and a certain number of CPD points must be accrued within a given period.
Sonographers must nominate the ASAR recognized program they are participating in annually, at the time of their ASAR renewal. Sonographers must abide by the rules and regulations of the CPD program they nominate. CPD providers will notify ASAR at the conclusion of the ASAR triennium if participants have successfully completed their nominated program. Failure to comply with the nominated CPD program will result in CPD default status and the sonographer will be required to undertake the ASAR CPD default program.