Avant CPD Portal is Avant's on-demand portal to a suite of eLearning courses, past webinar recordings, videos, and other material offering a flexibly delivered, doctor-centred approach to medico-legal risk education.

Course catalogue

Common medico-legal issues for GPs

This course explores common medico-legal issues that General Practitioners face in their everyday practice. It is based around a hypothetical case study about a GP’s failure to follow up a patient who was referred for investigation of a breast lump and includes discussion on test tracking and follow-up, delayed diagnosis, practice systems, doctor-patient communication, use of chaperones and managing of adverse outcomes.

Communication strategies for challenging patient behaviours

The relationship between a doctor and patient is at the core of a clinical consultation. This course aims to refresh skills to assist the medical practitioner during a consultation with a difficult patient.

Consent: informed consent and more

Australian law and medical practice reflect the fundamental ethical principle of autonomy: recognising that individuals have the right to make informed decisions about their medical treatment. Except in a life-threatening emergency, a patient with capacity needs to give voluntary and informed consent before undergoing any examination, investigation, procedure or treatment.

Cyber and privacy

With so much of our personal and work lives connected to the internet the risk of experiencing a cyber incident is always increasing. This course will give an overview of best practice in privacy and cyber security practices. The program is entirely online and has 90 minutes of content with some additional reading as required. It is accredited with RACGP for three category 2 CPD points on completion of all elements

Effective communication

This module aims to refresh core effective communication skills, including the background and theory of effective communication.

Gathering Diagnostic Information

This module aims to refresh communication skills that may assist the medical practitioner to gather appropriate and useful diagnostic information during a consultation.

Managing adverse events for registrars

This course is based around a hypothetical case study. Dr Lai, a cardiothoracic surgery registrar, transects a patient’s costochondral cartilages during surgery. The hospital receives a complaint from the 70 year old male patient. Dr Lai discusses the situation with the consultant surgeon and the Director of Clinical Governance but is unsure of how to respond. The hospital ultimately is delayed in providing a response and the patient issues a claim against all parties.

Managing boundary Issues for patients with mental health issues

This elearning course describes the challenges associated with identifying mental illness in patients, and managing the practitioner-patient professional boundary. Breakdown in the professional boundary can lead to significant problems for patients, and is one of the major reasons for complaints against practitioners.

Managing patient expectations: a plastic surgery case study

This course is based around the hypothetical case study of a 21 year old aspiring model who consults Dr Mark Field a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic rhinoplasty. Chantal has tight deadlines for her surgical outcomes and when those outcomes don't meet her expectations, she complains to Dr Field and seeks compensation.

Medical records: Chapter one — documentation

The requirements for medical records include clinical guidelines and legal responsibilities. They are also a key communication tool, important evidence of the care you have given for colleagues, to Medicare, during a complaint process, or in a court of law. Key requirements are outlined in this course.

Medical records: Chapter two — legal requirements

The requirements for medical records include clinical guidelines and legal responsibilities. Your legal responsibilities include the obligations for privacy, storage and retention of records. The key requirements are outlined in this course.



Medical records: Chapter three — activity

Welcome to the Avant online course Medical records: Chapter three – activity. The requirements for the documentation of a consultation includes having a systematic and contemporaneous account of the consultation.


On the record: medical records and documentation

The Medical Records eLearning course aims to help you build on your knowledge and experience in the management of health records in Australia.

Open Disclosure

This course highlights the importance of the open disclosure process for medical practitioners working in the Australian health care setting. Patients, their families and carers and clinicians are often dissatisfied with open disclosure processes. This course provides an overview of the Open Disclosure framework including types of clinical incidents, and clinician and organisational responses to incidents. Included are practical tips on how to apply the framework in your clinical setting, acknowledging that effective open disclosure is a key component in meeting professional obligations around quality and safety.

Prescribing principles: Chapter one - general prescribing issues

Australian law and medical practice reflect the fundamental ethical principle of autonomy: recognising that individuals have the right to make informed decisions about their medical treatment. Except in a life-threatening emergency, a patient with capacity needs to give voluntary and informed consent before undergoing any examination, investigation, procedure or treatment.

Prescribing principles: Chapter two — opioids and other drugs of dependence

Australian law and medical practice reflect the fundamental ethical principle of autonomy: recognising that individuals have the right to make informed decisions about their medical treatment. Except in a life-threatening emergency, a patient with capacity needs to give voluntary and informed consent before undergoing any examination, investigation, procedure or treatment.

When patients complain: A urology case study

This course explores common medico-legal issues that Urologists face in their everyday practice. This course is based around the hypothetical case study of a 78 year old male who consults Dr Burns regarding his prostrate. Mr Young's surgery has unexpected adverse outcomes and a complaint is made.