FAQs about professional development

Risk education is a benefit of membership and can minimise the risk of:

  • an adverse or unexpected outcome to patients
  • complaint, claim or investigation for all members. 

It is designed to minimise the clinico legal and regulatory risk of all health practitioners.

AHPRA codes of conduct require members to have an understanding and apply the key principles of risk minimisation and management in health practice. AHPRA applies a mandatory registration standard for continuing professional development for all health practitioners which can be audited. Most MIPS risk education is accredited and applicable to members' CPD requirements. 

MIPS provides Autumn and Spring education programs. This comprises face to face interactive workshops throughout Australia, convenient evening webinars and a range of online units (all year around). Key risk education or emerging issues are covered. MIPS also provide access to accredited CPR training which meets member requirements. Risk related articles are provided in the 'MIPS Matters' and industry news and case studies are provided online.

Risk education is based on MIPS’ complaint, claim and investigation experience, emerging trends, as well as the wider experience of the medical indemnity industry. It is also influenced by the MIPS Constitutional object “to promote honourable practice and discourage irregular practice”. The common law, AHPRA codes of conduct, College resources and industry curriculum such as the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors in Australia, are also considered when formulating our education framework. 

MIPS' clinico-legal advisers present the education and are complimented by external providers such as the Cognitive Institute and other experienced health practitioners with an interest in risk education, all excellent communicators and experienced educators. 

MIPS' clinico-legal advisers present the education and are complimented by external providers such as the Cognitive Institute and other experienced health practitioners with an interest in risk education, all excellent communicators and experienced educators. 

MIPS accredits education with the RACGP, RACS and ACRRM. All accredited education will count towards a member’s mandatory CPD requirement. You will be asked for your College CPD reference when completing an evaluation. MIPS processes member CPD for accredited College education soon after the event. Members may also apply to their College to consider the education as part of their self directed learning or CPD requirement. Details of the CPD available for each workshop and webinar event are included in each program. Full details of CPD for all events and online modules are available on the website.

Members completing any risk education event receive a Certificate confirming the topic, date completed and duration of the education. Members can download these from MIPS My Membership at any time. Please note that it may take 3-5 working days for it to appear on My Membership and/or to receive a certificate. Where education is provided through an external provider such at the Cognistite Institute or Red Cross, certificates are provided through the provider and may take longer.

Yes, these can be viewed online. Please have your membership username and password ready as you will be prompted to provide these.

If you try to register and the workshop is full, may wish to be waitlisted. By doing so, once a position becomes available, you will be notified.

No - this is a membership benefit and provided to members at no extra cost.

When establishing our risk education program we try our best to balance the demands and demographics of our membership base to determine appropriate locations and timing to maximise attendance.

We appreciate that members would like to see more easily accessible locations and we continue to look at ways we can do this that are affordable. For example holding multiple workshops on a single day may assist those travelling a long distance. Alternatively, we continue to build on our online risk education offering and hope to offer webinars in the future of our more popular events.

Yes. All completions and attendance at a workshop, webinar or online module will be recorded on the member’s risk education history available through MIPS My Membership.

If you are attending a CPR workshop, you will require one of these. As of 1 January, 2015, the Federal Government require all training providers such as Red Cross to ensure students completing CPR courses have a USI. This enables recording and tracking of individual and training providers’ education.

Please go to www.usi.gov.au to create one before attending the training. Please bring this, with photo identification to your CPR workshop.

Yes. MIPS can provide a range of risk education to students and young practitioners in hospitals or to a specific cohort of practitioners throughout Australia in order to minimise risk for individuals and organisations. Requests for risk education can be forwarded to education@mips.com.au.