AGPT practice and supervisor handbook

For supervisors

Engage in professional development

Last revised: 27 Mar 2024

Engage in professional development

A GP supervisor is a dual professional – both clinician and educator – and requires professional development for both roles. Professional development for the supervisory role is called supervisor professional development to distinguish it from CPD for the clinical role.

There is a symbiotic relationship between the two types of professional development. Being a supervisor is recognised as a CPD activity. SPD is accepted as contributing towards CPD requirements.
All supervisors receive CPD hours in recognition for their work as a supervisor. For further information please refer to CPD for General Practice Supervisors 

More detail is provided in Supervisor Professional Development requirements and payments.

Supervisor professional development requirements for existing supervisors

The RACGP offers and supports a range of supervisor professional development activities. These include online learning modules, webinars and workshops. These are predominantly delivered by our regional teams of medical educators with skills is supervisor professional development.

It’s expected that all general practice training posts with a GPT1-3 or extended skills in GP registrar will undertake professional development.

From 2024, the total number of SPD hours required to be completed by supervisors in the training posts is capped at 4 registrars. How each of the individual accredited supervisors within the training post contribute to the total number of hours each year is at the discretion of the practice but should reflect the learning needs of the supervisors.

Over the three-year accreditation cycle it is expected all supervisors in the practice will undertake some supervisor professional development.

The RACGP will provide a stipend to the training post to cover the minimum SPD requirements for supervisors in the training post as outlined below.

Number of GPT1-3 or extended skills in general practice AGPT registrars in the training post

Expected minimum 6 monthly supervisor professional development hours
(the sum of hours completed by all supervisors in the training post)

6 monthly practice supervisor professional development stipend payments to the training post

1 3 $500
2 6 $1000
3 9 $1500
4 or more 12 $2000

Supervisors in MM4-7 locations will be able to apply for reimbursement of their travel expenses for attending face to face supervisor workshops.

Supervisor professional development requirements for new supervisors

New supervisors in the AGPT program are required to complete the Foundations of GP Supervision Program modules. These will be delivered by a combination of online learning through gplearning, webinar and workshop attendance. The first 7 modules are completed prior to provisional accreditation with the 8th module to be completed after supervising a registrar for 3-12 months. The program takes 8-12 hours to complete and payment for the hours spent by the new supervisors completing the program are made directly to the supervisor.

Upon receipt of an application to become a new supervisor, RACGP regional teams will organise enrolments in the Foundations program. As there are regional differences in how the Foundations Program is delivered, supervisors should not commence any of the modules on gplearning until they have been advised the RACGP regional team to do so.

All new supervisors are required to complete cultural training, such as that available through gplearning before being fully accredited as a supervisor.