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The Clinical Competencies for the CCE


6. Professionalism

Last revised: 19 Mar 2024

CS 4.1 General practitioners are ethical and professional.
CS 4.2 General practitioners are self-aware.

a) Professional knowledge, behaviour and attitudes

This requires knowledge of ethical principles, as well as duty-of-care and maintaining appropriate therapeutic boundaries. The ability to appropriately review potential and actual critical incidents to manage consequences and reduce future risk is an important consideration in this domain. The response to scrutiny of own professional behaviour and being open to feedback demonstrating a willingness to change is included.


  1. Encourages scrutiny of professional behaviour, is open to feedback and demonstrates a willingness to change
  2. Exhibits high standards of moral and ethical behaviour towards patients, families and colleagues, including an awareness of appropriate doctor-patient boundaries
  3. Appropriately manages ethical dilemmas that arise
  4. Identifies and manages clinical situations where there are obstacles to provision of duty of care
  5. Implements strategies to review potential and actual critical incidents to manage consequences and reduce future risk
  6. Personal health issues are identified and managed by accessing professional support as needed

b) Learning and professional development

Being able to respond appropriately to feedback as an educational dialogue, demonstrating ability to reflect on performance, and identifying personal learning needs are important components of this competency. Using critical appraisal skills, actively participating in clinical audits, and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing professional development all form part of this domain of assessment.


  1. Judges the weight of evidence, using critical appraisal skills and an understanding of basic statistical terms, to inform decision-making
  2. Shows a commitment to professional development through reflection on performance and the identification of personal learning needs
  3. Attends and participates in all learning and assessment activities of an educational program
  4. Actively engages in feedback as a dialogue, discussing performance and setting own goals for professional development
  5. Personally participates in audits and quality-improvement activities, and uses these to evaluate and suggest improvements in personal and practice performance
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health context
  1. Develops strategies to promote a culturally safe practice environment
  2. Integrates knowledge of history of government policies and consequent health impacts into delivery of care
  3. Advocates for, and uses policies and initiatives that promote equity in healthcare 
Rural health context
  1. Effectively manages any conflicts between personal and professional roles
  2. Effectively communicates limits of role boundaries to patients, staff and community members
  3. Regularly reviews and implements plans to meet professional learning and support needs
  4. Supports and mentors colleagues in managing professional isolation

For the trainee

Developing your skills in reflective practice is emphasised throughout training and the GP life cycle. Your approach to receiving and accepting feedback, your commitment to professional development and your awareness of the need for self-care, as well as of ethical principles and legislation relevant to general practice, form part of this domain.

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