Claiming Professional Development Hours
One key benefit of the Myotherapy Reading Room is that self-directed study of the evidence-based podcasts and peer review papers presented here may be able to be counted towards a practitioner's annual professional development requirements.

As requirements and claiming processes differ for different professions and associations, details related to the following are outlined below, each in their own section:
  • Myotherapy Association of Australia (MA) Members
  • AAMT Ltd Members
  • AHPRA Registrants (ie Chiropractors, Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, and Podiatrists) 
  • ANTA Members
  • ESSA Members
  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Registrants (ie UK-based Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists)
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Registrants (NZ)

Myotherapy Association of Australia (MA) Members
The newest revisions of the Myotherapy Association of Australia professional development guidelines (released on 12th July 2018) allow myotherapists to claim up to 10 hours credit (10 PDPs) from reading print-based material, including peer review papers, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines and meta-analyses and up to 16 hours credit (16 PDPs) from accessing online/electronic resources, including listening to podcasts.  

Points are awarded at the following rates:

  • Systematic Reviews - 1 PDP per paper
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines - 1 PDP per paper
  • Meta-Analyses - 1 PDP per paper
  • Other Peer Review Papers - 0.5 PDP per paper
  • Podcasts - 0.5 PDP per podcast

It is therefore possible for MA members to fully meet their annual non-face-to-face professional development requirements (16 hours / 16 PDPs) solely from reading and reflecting upon the resources provided over the course of a year in the Myotherapy Reading Room, if they wish.

In order to claim credit for this, MA's Informal PD Record Form must be completed for each activity, including their reflective practice statement.

To assist MA members in fulfilling this task an electronic version of the MA PD Record Form (which can be completing using Adobe Acrobat), with full details of each activity, is included with each post.  

For peer review papers, the post-specific MA PD Record Form for each post includes a clickable link to the journal PDF, a copy of the abstract, citation information.  For podcasts it includes a link to the podcast, full details of the podcast include title and date of recording, as well as a link to the discussant's biography. 

All papers and podcasts selected for this space are checked against MA's Professional Development Guidelines and Audit Criteria to ensure that they are suitable for Myotherapists to be able to gain credit for.

Figure 1 Sample of MA PD Record Form showing information supplied and sections which require completion.

In line with revisions to MA's PD guidelines, a short series of subsidised face to face seminars, which fulfil Myotherapy Association Australia criteria for four hours of formal face-to-face professional development will be introduced towards the end of 2018.  These will enable those who wish, to complete 100% of their annual professional development requirements, including the face-to-face sub-quota, via the Myotherapy Reading Room.

AAMT Ltd (Massage and Myotherapy Australia) Members

AAMT Ltd members are able to claim participation in this activity as a 'journal subscription' (value 5 points).  Individual proof of ongoing subscription is available on request and can be supplied on request (using the PM function within Patreon to contact the Myotherapy Reading Room's curator) after a minimum of four (4) consecutive months of paid membership.    

It may also be possible to submit a series of reflective practice statements (completed via the General PD Record Form, described below) as a 'reflective practice journal' (value 15 points).  AAMT Ltd members who wish to claim via this process should confirm suitability with their association's professional development coordinator.

Resource:  Personal CPE Planner 2018/20

 AAMT Ltd members may also obtain credit for attendance at face-to-face seminars which will be introduce for Myotherapy Reading Room members towards the end of 2018. 

AHPRA Registrants (ie Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, and Podiatrists)

Most AHPRA boards have provision for registered health professionals to participate in self-directed learning, including via peer review papers and podcasts.  In general, boards require learning to be documented via a professional development folio which needs to be maintained by the practitioner and provided to board in the event of an audit. 

Specific requirements differ between boards (see individual links below). To that end, a  General PD Record Form is included with all posts which has been based on the combined requirements for multiple boards and records the following post-specific information:

  • citation, abstract, and link to PDF (for papers)
  • podcast date, discussant, and link to podcast and speakers bio (for podcasts)

This form can be completed electronically (using Adobe Acrobat) and allows practitoners to record the following information:

  • name, member number and profession
  • learning objectives (optional)
  • reflective practice statement (optional)
  • comments re further learning required (optional)
  • date of activity and time spent on activity. 

Further Information:

ANTA Members
Members of ANTA are required to maintain an online diary of PD activities including details of the activity and time spent.  Independent study (eg reading papers and listening to podcasts) is able to be counted using this process however members are expected to maintain detailed records of materials accessed in the event of an audit.

The General PD Record Form, referred to above (see description in section above and/or image below) has the capacity to record time spent, and is therefore also suitable for use by ANTA members.

Further Information:

 Figure 2 Sample of General PD Record Form showing information supplied and sections which are available for completion (where required by regulatory body). 

ESSA Members

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs), Exercise Scientists (AESs), Sports Scientists (ASSs) and High Performance Managers (AHPMs) may receive credit for 'reading of a relevant scientific article or chapter from a professional publication that is within the scope of practice' and/or 'listening to a relevant scientific podcast or similar recording from a professional body or education supplier, that is within the scope of practice, where an assessment or certificate is not provided'.  

Points are awarded at the rate of 1 point per item.   The General PD Record Form, (figure 2 above) includes the necessary abstract, author and podcast information.  In accordance with ESSA guidelines, members would need to add the following statement to the form:

" I (first name, last name) acknowledge that I have read this professional resource in its entirety for educational purposes"  (for peer review papers); 

" I (first name, last name) acknowledge that I have listened to this professional resource in its entirety for educational purposes"  (for podcasts)

Further Information;
ESSA Professional Development Guidelines

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Registrants UK

UK-based allied health professionals who are regulated by the HCPC (eg  Occupational therapists,  Physiotherapists, Podiatrists) may include self-directed learning as part of their professional development. HCPC requirement are that practitioners must include a mixture of different types of learning styles.

The General PD Record Form (which accompanies each Myotherapy Reading Room post) has been designed to assist HCPC regulated professionals in retaining a record of their learning. and in documenting documenting their reflections on the materials.

Further Information:
Health & Care Professionals Council. 2017. Information for Registrants - Continuing professional development and your registration.

Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Physiotherapists registered with with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board are required to undertake 100 hours of professional development over each three year cycle.  Informal activities may be included as part of professional development.  There is no maximum limit for the amount of hours which may be accrued via informal activities.

All activity must be logged using the board's log book.  In addition, reflective practice - ie associated with informal activities - must also be recorded.  The General PD Record Form, which accompanies each Myotherapy Reading Room activity is specifically intended to assist in recording these statements.

Further Information: 

Page Updated and Refreshed: 3rd August 2018