CPD and the Quality Prescribing Incentive
All our educational and quality improvement activities qualify for continuing professional development (CPD) or qualify as an activity for the Quality Prescribing Incentive (QPI) of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) (for general practices only). For more information about the points and incentives associated with some of our activities, select the relevant activity:
For general practices: Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program
Some of our educational and quality improvement activities are eligible for inclusion in the Quality Prescribing Incentive (QPI) that is part of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) for general practices.
PIP is an Australian government program which aims to recognise and reward general practices that provide comprehensive, quality care. The PIP incentive payments relate to activities completed by the practice that contribute to quality care, including better prescribing. Payments are dependent on general practice size, according to number of patients seen, rather than consultations performed. To participate, practices must register with Medicare Australia.
The QPI is one of the incentive programs of the PIP and aims to help practices keep up to date with Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) information. The QPI provides financial rewards to general practices for GP participation in a range of voluntary educational activities recognised or provided by NPS. Each activity is undertaken by individual GPs but payments are made based on practices meeting a minimum participation level in QPI activities.
NPS activities eligible for inclusion in the QPI are:
- Clinical audits
- Practice visits by an NPS MedicineWise Facilitator (Contact your Medicare local to discuss these)
- Case studies
- Small group discussions.
- We are not the sole provider of activities eligible for inclusion in the QPI PIP. Any organisation that provides a clinical audit on pharmacotherapeutics can apply to NPS MedicineWise to have the audit considered for inclusion in the QPI PIP.
- Completion of the same activity will not be recognised more than once in a QPI PIP year.
- CPD points can only be allocated once for the same activity completed per CPD triennium.
View a list of recognised QPI activities.
For more information or to register your practice in PIP:
For pharmacists: continuing professional development and competency standards
Our educational and quality improvement activities are recognised by the Australian Pharmacy Council as contributing towards a pharmacist’s continuing professional development. Participation in NPS MedicineWise activities may also assist pharmacists to address specific competency standards as set out in the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia (2010) and practice standards as set out in Professional Practice Standards (2010). For more information on CPD and competency standards associated with each activity, visit the CPD section of the activity.
Professional organisation members
Self records of CPD undertaken
Records maintained by participants must include details of CPD activities including date of activity, source or provider details, type of activity, topics covered during activity, accreditation status and Pharmacy Board of Australia CPD credits. For more information please refer to Pharmacy Guidelines on Continuing Professional Development.