- Welcome to the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
- Latest ABCP Updates
- Information For Prospective Students, Trainees and Overseas Qualified Perfusionists
- Examination Information
- ANZCP Code of Ethics
- ANZCP Code Of Practice
- Information for Hospitals and Supervisors
- Board Information
- Additional Course Information
- Recertification And Continuing Professional Development
Welcome to the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
Welcome to the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion homepage which is designed to provide all the information needed to understand the ANZCP credentialing process; to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding the College training processes; to provide information on Board members, the course syllabus, exams, fees; and more.
Our homepage includes the Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Perfusionists documents, and contains the Registry of Australasian Certified Perfusionists (updated from time to time).
News and updates from the ABCP can be found here, too.
Latest ABCP Updates
Information For Prospective Students, Trainees and Overseas Qualified Perfusionists
Information For Prospective Students
In order to gain practicing certification, the candidate must be deemed suitable to work in an unsupervised manner by their training hospital. Students are then required to present to the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) to sit the Board entrance exams. Pre-requisite entry for this examination requires:
The exam format consists of:
It is a requirement that all students currently undergoing a traineeship within a hospital and who intend on presenting to the Board examinations register their student status with the ABCP. Periodic progress reports will also be required to be submitted following the completion of every 50 cases. These progress reports will need to be signed off by both the student and supervisor and will enable the ABCP to track student progress and maintain communication with students and supervisors. They are available to download below.
The ABCP would like notification of all students currently undertaking a training programme within a hospital. Please address this to:
The Secretary, ABCP. Email: email@example.com
Trainee Sheets (PDF) to download
Perfusion Course Details
The Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion was launched in 2012.
Entry to the course is restricted to non-certified perfusionists or trainee perfusionists employed by accredited hospitals or private perfusion groups in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or equivalent (as deemed by the ABCP).
There are three terms per year each of 11 weeks duration, with an exam for each module at the end of the term. The ABCP will be providing PowerPoint presentations for some of the subjects, and providing students with a manual that has a clear set of learning objectives, outcomes, goals and references for each module.
*The research project can start at the beginning of term 4, and finish at
the end of term 5 – and so is likely to take most of the year. It will comprise and involve one of the following:
If the student and their unit has access to a lab and equipment the Board would be happy for them to pursue a topic of their choosing. If however they do not, or don’t wish to they can either submit a clinical audit, or a literature review.
All the research topics will need to be approved by the ABCP. Students will be required to submit a progress report on their research project at the end of semester four. Final assessment of the project will occur when the student presents their research project at the ANZCP Annual Scientific Meeting following completion of their project.
Costs for the course are $450 per module except for the research project for which there is no fee.
The ABCP will commence the next course in September 2018. The 2018-2019 timetables are here:
Any queries about the course should be directed to the Course Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for Internationally Qualified Perfusionists
Employment as a perfusionist in Australian and New Zealand is via application to individual hospitals.
It is expected that once employed, the applicant will commence the process for gaining certification by attaining the CCP (Aust.) The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusion has a defined process for assessment of overseas trained perfusionists prior to certification. The assessment takes into account the applicant's primary tertiary qualification and where this was undertaken; the applicant's perfusion qualification and where this was undertaken; the equivalency of training with the College training program; experience following training and graduation, among other criteria.
Depending on perfusion qualifications, training and experience the College may recognise equivalency, and an applicant may be deemed eligible to sit the ANZCP / ABCP final certification examinations. Alternatively, an applicant may have to complete the College certification via enrolling in the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion (the Course).
The College is not an agent to link international Perfusionists with employers nor does it arrange sponsorship or visas.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College at email@example.com.
This information is accurate as at February 2018.
Please note: The ANZCP and ABCP are currently reviewing policy for the certification of foreign qualified perfusionists. Details will be posted once finalised.
Information for Graduates interested in training as a Perfusionist in Australia or New Zealand
There is currently no university-based tertiary course for perfusion training and education in Australia or New Zealand. The Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) has provided a Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion (the Course) since June 2011:
Of note - this Course is not a Diploma of Perfusion, but does lead to Certification (i.e. the post-nominal CCP (Aust.)) and eligibility for Fellowship of the ANZCP.
In regard to obtaining entry into a trainee program and the Course, an applicant will generally have to apply directly to a hospital or perfusion group for an advertised position. These positions are usually advertised on the www.anzcp.org website and / or on the hospital's website. A list of hospitals / perfusion groups which have provided training.
Alternatively, an applicant may choose to communicate directly to a hospital / perfusion group in writing expressing interest. It is up to the individual hospital and the Perfusion Management as to recruitment, and the Board has no control. The College is not an agent to link international Perfusionists with employers nor does it arrange sponsorship or visas.
It is envisaged that students will be able to complete the course in two to three years.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is accurate as at February 2018
The module exam may comprise short answer questions and multiple choice questions, or solely short answer questions, set by the Board. The candidate will sit for their module exam on completion of each module, at their own unit and at a time convenient to candidate and Supervisor.
Candidates must send their completed case logbook to the Board for verification prior to exams. The logbook should contain the details of the 200 completed cases.
It is expected that exam fees will be paid prior to the Exam date. If not results may be withheld until payment is made.
The examinations are generally held in late February and September,
The Exam format is:
Part 1 10 short answer questions (3 hours)
Part 2 120 multiple choice questions (2 hours)
Part 3 Oral exam (50 minutes)
The oral exam is conducted by two teams of examiners.
Each team of examiners comprises two members. The candidate will spend 25 minutes with each team, with a ten-minute break in between examinations. Topics include equipment, CPB scenarios, troubleshooting, etc.
N.B The candidate must pass all three parts.
On successful completion of the final exam, the candidate will be awarded the CCP and will be eligible for ANZCP Fellowship.
ANZCP Code of Ethics
It is expected that an ANZCP Member will comply at all times with this Code.
A Perfusionist, in any matter concerning the practice of perfusion, shall:
ANZCP Code Of Practice
A Perfusionist is a skilled person, qualified by academic and clinical education and by practical experience, who operates and controls extracorporeal circulation equipment during cardiopulmonary by-pass, and who additionally may operate and control such equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support, or temporarily replace, the patient's circulatory function and who ensures the safe management of physiological functions by monitoring all necessary physiological and pharmacological variables.
All these duties are performed upon prescription by a cardiac surgeon or medical practitioner. Within this document a Perfusionist is defined as a person who holds current Certification from the Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or equivalent Certification recognised by the ABCP.
A Perfusionist shall:
These Codes should be read in conjunction with the College Regulations and Guidelines.
Information for Hospitals and Supervisors
Board Guidelines To Assess Hospitals Nominated For Students Taking The Board Perfusion Course
Guide And Instructions For Candidate's Supervisor
The candidate's nominated supervisor must undertake to:
NOTE: The Supervisor is required to date and sign the required assessment forms. The Supervisor can nominate other tutorial examiners for assessment of module objectives or module examinations.
There is a degree of overlap in the modules, this should be considered when examining the candidate.
The Exam will comprise short answer questions and may include some multiple choice questions set by the Board. The candidate will sit for their module exam on completion of each module, at their own unit and at a time convenient to candidate and Supervisor.
The Supervisor or appointed examiner will mark the exam with the aid of a referenced marking guide supplied by the Board.
Further details of these exams will be forwarded to the Supervisor by the Board.
Should the candidate fail the module examination, the candidate will be able to revise the module and resit the examination at time convenient to the ABCP, trainee and Supervisor.
Board Details And Terms Of Reference
The Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion was established under the Rules of the Australasian Society of Cardio-Vascular Perfusionists Incorporated, now ANZCP. The Board therefore forms part of the incorporated association and has no separate legal existence outside the College.
The Board is required to establish and support the credentialing process. The grant of power is widely framed and the Board enjoys a high level of independence from the College Executive Committee subject only to the qualification of "responsibility" within the parameters of the Rules. It is incumbent upon the Board to formulate, develop policies, procedures and guidelines in order to carry out its function, but to do so in concert with the ANZCP members and the Executive. Its role is:
2018 BOARD MEMBERS
Vincent Rajkumar B.Sc, CCP
Jessica Ozdirik B.MSc, CCP
Casey Edwards B.MSc, CCP
Clarke Thuys B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.App.Sc. CCP
History Of The ABCP
Until the early 1980’s, although Australia had two perfusion societies, the Victorian Society of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the New South Wales Society of Cardiovascular Perfusion, providing educational meetings and scientific forums, it had no national body.
In 1982 the Perfusionists of Australia decided to form this National Body. This culminated in the formation of the Australasian Society of Cardio-Vascular Perfusionists (ANZCP), whose membership included Perfusionists within Australia and New Zealand.
The Society had three main objectives:
In 1987 a referendum was held, for all Clinical Perfusionists within the Society to ascertain their opinion as to:
The result of this referendum was that:
In 1989 the ABCP was formed with the following members:
Mr. J.V. Pastoriza-Pinol (Alfred Hospital, Vic) ANZCP (Chairman)
Mr. S. Yarrow (Greenlane Hospital, NZ) ANZCP
Mr. P. Bernhardt (Westmead Hospital, NSW) ANZCP
Prof. T. Cartmill RACS
Mr. G. C. Shardey RACS
Prof. B. Baker ANZCA
Dr R. Walsh ANZCA
The ABCP's first Chairman, Mr. Don Pastoriza-Pinol, initiated the Grandfather Clause Certification, and in 1990, forty-eight Perfusionists were certified by this process.
While work proceeded with the official course, a second method of certification was initiated to cover those practising Perfusionists who were ineligible for certification under the Grandfather Clause. This second system was certification by examination. The prerequisites were two years of perfusion with a minimum of 200 cases, and to show evidence from their unit of their clinical competency. The candidates sat a three-hour written examination which certified them by this process.
In determining the type of course and its subsequent construction, the ABCP had to consider the limited number of potential trainees and geographical distribution of cardiac units within Australia and New Zealand. It was thought unfair to expect candidates to travel to a training centre which could be 4000 km from their unit of employment and perhaps overseas. Thus, the course was designed as a combined theoretical / practical two-year postgraduate, assessed by a multiple choice exam, followed by a one hour oral exam, before four ABCP Examiners. This system of certification continued until the official ABCP Structured Course for Clinical Perfusion started in 1993. Twenty Perfusionists enrolled in the program which could be conducted within the candidate's hospital.
The initial prerequisites were set as follows:
The Course is reviewed and modified as necessary each year.
In 2002 the course was renamed the Australasian Diploma of Perfusion.In 2005 the ABCP in conjunction with the Swinburne University of Technology establish post graduate courses in Perfusion.
These courses were both established in July 2005. In February 2006 Swinburne University enrols its first students into the new courses. The pre Masters Diploma of Perfusion course support was ceased on December 31st 2008.
At the November 2006 AGM, the ASCVP becomes Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusion (ANZCP).
August 2008 saw the first graduates from the Swinburne Master’s Program
In November 2008 a motion was put at the ANZCP AGM to restructure the ABCP membership. This motion sought to reflect the changes that had occurred in Perfusion Education in Australia and New Zealand over the previous nineteen years. The motion was put that Perfusionists be solely responsible for the training, education, and registration of Perfusionists in Australia and New Zealand and that membership of medical practitioners on the Board should cease. The motion was unanimously passed and the ABCP now consists of four members, who are all ANZCP fellows.
Mr Arthur Preovolos
Mr Mark Mennen
Ms Jane Ottens
Mr Clarke Thuys
Mr Chris Morley
Mr Michael Whitburn
Me Stephen Bottrell
Mr Peter Angelopoulos
Dr Stephen Horton
Mr Bruno Marino
Mr Andrew Lahanas
Mr Ray Miraziz
Mr Bruce Treagus
Dr Rob Baker
The ABCP can call upon other ANZCP certified Perfusionists, with more than five years post certification experience, to act as Examiners.
Additional Course Information
The course and / or exams can be deferred for a period of time agreed between the ABCP and the trainee. This will be at the discretion of the ABCP and treated on a case-by-case basis. If the employment status of a trainee changes, the trainee must notify the Board as soon as possible. The Board will try to formulate a plan suitable to all parties, which will provide minimal disruption to the trainee's coursework and progress.
There is no charge for deferral.
Costs for the course are $450 per module except for the research project for which there is no fee.
All candidates who sit the final ABCP examinations will be charged a $500.00 sitting fee.
This fee will also apply to candidates who are resitting one or all parts of the exam.
It is expected that exam fees will be paid prior to the final examination sitting date. If payment is not made prior to the exams results will be withheld until payment is made.
ABCP Scholarship Award
The award will be made to the best performed student sitting the ABCP Certification exams who has completed the ABCP Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion and meets the Award criteria. Foreign qualified perfusionists sitting certification exams will not be eligible to receive the award.
In any year where there are two sets of certification exams (February and September) the award will be made to the best performed student across both sets of exams.
The criteria for the award are:
If no student meets these criteria the award will not be made.
If a student fails an exam, a resit result of more than 75% or a pass for the viva will not be counted as eligible for the purposes of determining the recipient of the award.
The award will be given at the Annual Scientific Meeting Gala dinner in the year of the exams.
The value of the award for 2018 is yet to be determined.
Previously this award was called the Cobe Education Scholarship. Previous winners of the ABCP Scholarship are:
|1995||Mr. Andrew Lahanas||Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney|
|1996||Ms. Monique Brouwer||Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney|
|1997||Mr. Greg Horne||Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne|
|1998||Mr. Andrew Sanderson||Ashford Hospital, Adelaide|
|1999||Ms. Kate Kingsford Smith||The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne|
|2000||Mr. Brad Schultz||Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne|
|2001||Mr. Mark Mennen||The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne|
|2002||Mr. Steve Bottrell||Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne|
|2003||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2004||Ms. Monica Rosenberg||Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne|
|2005||Mr. Jonathan Cropper||St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney|
|2006||Mr. L.Vincent Rajkumar||Fremantle Hospital|
|2007||Dr. Sarah Helen Armarego||John Hunter Hospital|
|2007||Miss Tanee Chan||National Heart Centre, Singapore|
|2008||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2009||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2010||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2011||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2012||Mr Joshua Byrne||The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne|
|2013||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2014||Mr Keith Adkins||St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney|
|2015||Not awarded||Not awarded|
|2016||Not yet finalised||Not yet finalised|
|2017||Not yet finalised||Not yet finalised|
Recertification And Continuing Professional Development
The Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists and the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, on behalf of its members, are committed to ensuring that the professional skills of its members continue to develop. The ANZCP offers a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program providing a framework to achieve this aim. As such, there are mandated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements in order to maintain Perfusion Registration in Australia and New Zealand.
The program is linked to ongoing Certified Perfusionist membership (CP) of the ANZCP.