AGPT registrar training handbook

Registrar safety and support

Critical incidents and adverse events

        1. Critical incidents and adverse events

Critical incidents and adverse events

It’s important that critical incidents and adverse events are reported to the RACGP so that we can provide prompt assistance and minimise the impact on your training. It also helps us to identify any issues that are impacting registrars, supervisors and training sites nationally, so we can reduce risks and continuously improve and promote safe learning environments.

Your training site must have processes in place to manage critical incidents and adverse events, whether they involve registrars, supervisors and/or the training site itself. It is important that you understand your training site’s processes.

Under Australian Medical Council requirements, the RACGP is responsible for ensuring the safety of registrars and patients. A critical incident or adverse event must be reported to us if it involves a registrar or impacts their training.

Please refer to the RACGP Critical incidents and adverse events management and reporting guidelines for training programs.

An adverse event is any disruptive event that causes, or risks causing, significant harm to patients, registrars, GP supervisors, training site staff, training program staff or the associated organisations involved in program delivery.

A critical incident is any adverse event that results in a serious negative outcome for patients, registrars, GP supervisors, training site staff, training program staff, the RACGP and/or its staff, the reputation of the AGPT program or any combination of these.

Reporting an incident or event 

It is your responsibility to report incidents and events as soon as possible. The privacy of your report will be protected and will only be accessible to RACGP staff who require access. As a registrar, if you are involved in any type of critical incident or adverse event, you must follow the guidelines linked above, and report the event.

For further information about reporting a critical incident or adverse event, speak to your training coordinator or contact the RACGP at criticalincidents@racgp.org.au

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