Practice Peer Review

The purpose of practice peer review is to provide the opportunity for two psychiatrists to have focused meetings reviewing aspects of their individual practice, similar to practice visits but entirely different in the approach and application.

Each peer in the dyad will have the opportunity to clarify and discuss professional practice, and then to review the practice of the other peer. 

A trained facilitator will provide some coaching for the enhanced professional development of both peers as part of a wrap-up for the activity.

In 2021, the pilot Practice Peer Review is open to Fellows and Affiliates bi-nationally from all locations and practice settings in Australia and New Zealand. 

Expressions of interest for the program pilot have now closed for 2021.  

The program provides participants with opportunities to:

  • share information about their professional role, practice background and setting
  • discuss career highlights in the past five years, key professional changes experienced
  • share their preferred approach to professional development
  • discuss patient centred care changes that they may have introduced to their practice
  • discuss general work life balance and wellbeing  
  • discuss current peer networks, supports, or associations for practice requirements
  • discuss focused goals for practice peer review with the PPR Facilitator 
  • discuss a process supporting the continual professional learning and development of each peer

Each peer will have an opportunity to lead a discussion on their practice. Each peer will have time to discuss the background behind the goals they determined during meetings and be supported, through a coaching process, to determine the next course of action.

What’s involved?

Participants will have the choice to nominate a peer to complete PPR with or be paired with a peer based upon identified individual needs and requirements. 

A psychiatrist can choose to opt-out of the PPR at any point and for any reason. This should be discussed with the PPR Facilitator who will communicate the decision appropriately and confidentially. 

The duration of meetings is expected to be no more than 8 hours in total, involving:

  • a two-hour initial meeting
  • a two-hour practice discussion meeting
  • a two-hour practice development meeting
  • and finally, a two-hour practice reflection meeting.

CPD hours

The program has been approved for 10 hours of Section 2, Formal Peer Review and 5 hours of Section 3, Practice Improvement in the CPD program for those psychiatrists’ who participate and complete the program. 

Disclaimer: Practice Peer Review is not presently covered under qualified privilege in Australia and in New Zealand. In the event that clear concerns arise during peer exchanges within the activity, Fellows are advised to contact an appropriate member of the College on +61 3 9601 4984 or at

Applications to become a PPR Facilitator are now open

Participation as a Facilitator is open to experienced Fellows and Affiliates who are interested in being involved in this CPD program.

Training provided

The initial round of Facilitator training will be delivered virtually in late January 2021 and will involve developing coaching skills for enhanced peer review. The training will take approximately one hour, and you are asked to nominate your preferred option in your application. The options are:

Friday 29 January 2 pm AEDT

Friday 29 January 5 pm AEDT

A recorded webinar can also be viewed at a time of your choosing in February 2021.

Earn CPD hours 

As a trained PPR Facilitator you will receive 2 CPD hours of Section 2: peer review and 2.5 CPD hours of Section 3: practice improvement for each PPR you facilitate. In addition, you can claim training under Section 4 Self-guided learning of the RANZCP CPD program.

How to apply

Interested members are asked to write to the Committee for Continuing Professional Development, providing a current brief CV, and addressing the following selection criteria:

  • in good standing with the RANZCP, including meeting annual CPD requirements
  • Fellow or Affiliate member of the RANZCP
  • Holding appropriate registration with the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand as a specialist psychiatrist
  • Holding appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  • Experience as a RANZCP Supervisor
  • Experience as a Director of Training
  • Recent committee or College work.

(Criteria in italics are desirable but not essential.)

Applications should nominate the preferred training option.

Applications can be emailed to

For further information on Practice Peer Review, please contact the Working Group via Ineke Lazcano, Education Development Officer, at

More information for doctors in New Zealand about your medical registration

Medical Council of New Zealand - Recertification and professional development

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