Engage in professional development
Through an education research grant in 2020 and 2021 the RACGP supported the development of a national curriculum for general practice supervisors. The curriculum is suitable for supervisors across all general practice training and workforce programs, including those managed by the Medical Board of Australia. It supports supervisors to undertake professional development (PD) in the core knowledge and skills relevant to supervising a medical practitioner who does not have Fellowship of either the RACGP or ACRRM.
A task-based syllabus is the foundation for a supervision course that will be implemented for new FSP and AGPT supervisors in 2023.
Professional development requirements
From 2023, the RACGP will offer and support a range of supervisor PD activities. In addition to online modules and webinars, regional workshops will be held and local supervisor ‘communities of practice’ will be set up. In recognition of the value of peer learning, there will also be support for in-practice supervisor PD. There are mandated supervisor PD requirements for initial accreditation and reaccreditation as an FSP supervisor.
All currently accredited AGPT supervisors will have their previously completed PD recognised by RACGP as part of the requirements of an FSP supervisor.
Foundations of supervision course
From 2023, GPs wishing to become supervisors will be required to complete the Foundations of supervision course before being accredited as a supervisor. Completion of the course will also be accepted by ACRRM for supervisors of ACRRM registrars.
The Foundations of supervision course consists of eight modules, delivered either as a blend of face-to-face workshops and online modules, or entirely online. The course will take one to two days to complete depending on which option you choose.
New primary supervisors must complete the first seven modules before their registrar commences the FSP. The final module is designed to reinforce the learning of earlier modules and is completed six to12 months after the registrar commences.
New secondary supervisors will be required to complete the three modules most relevant to their role prior to commencing their supervisory work, with the remaining five modules to be completed over a three-year period.
If you are an AHPRA approved supervisor but not accredited as an AGPT or FSP supervisor, you will be required to complete the Foundation of supervision course in the first six months of your registrar’s program.
FSP applicants with an AHPRA-approved supervisor and/or an AHPRA-approved practice location must match these for FSP purposes.
All new supervisors will be required to have recently completed cultural awareness training, such as that available through gplearning.