Education research grants


About the program

Improving education outcomes through evidence-based research

The Education Research Grant (ERG) program aims to continue building research capacity in medical education and training for general practice with a specific focus on education improvement. The overarching objective is to develop evidence-based education initiatives that increase training capacity and improve educational outcomes in Australian general practice training.

Changes to the ERG program in 2022

The RACGP is piloting a new model for a number of Education Research Grants in 2022. These grants will be used to support collaborative Education Research projects (termed RSC projects – RACGP-sector collaborations). 

This pilot is a response to the current context of transition to RACGP profession-led community-based training, and the RACGP’s commitment to lead and foster broader collaborations to build education research capacity within general practice. The RACGP will distribute the 2022 Education Research Grant (ERG) funding between four RTO-led ERG opportunities and three RSC-ERG projects. 

2022 RTO-led ERG program

The RACGP awarded four grants to RTOs in 2022 via a competitive process. Successful awardees will undertake research projects aiming to address and improve general practice medical education and training, over a period of 12 months from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.

GP Synergy

A qualitative exploration of the impact of telehealth in vocational general practice training

GPEx

Understanding How to Promote and Sustain General Practice Supervisors' Wellbeing

GPTQ

Becoming a general practitioner/rural generalist supervisor: registrars' and new fellows' perceptions of the incentives, enablers and barriers

GPTQ

Registrar onboarding in general practice: exploring the views and experiences of GP registrars, GP Supervisors and practice managers

Education Research Grant program 2022 Cohort Guide

2022 RSC-ERG program

The RACGP called for nominations of research priorities from a wide variety of stakeholders in August 2021. Following this process, an RACGP internal expert panel reviewed the submissions and determined the following three research projects to be undertaken in 2022:

  1. Synthesis of RACGP-funded education research activity, findings, challenges, enablers and impacts since 2015
  2. Evaluation of pilot of progressive competency-based assessment in general practice training
  3. Capturing best practice initiatives in RTO-led general practice training 2015 – 2021

The third priority is to include the following:

  • An evidence-based framework for best educational practice
  • Consultation with key stakeholders across the training sector (trainees, supervisors and medical educators) to capture best practice in a number of key areas.
  • Key areas of focus:
    • Use of technology, Trainee support and remediation, Aboriginal Health and cultural competency, Research training and Recruitment of junior doctors into general practice training.


Past recipients of the Educational Research Grant Program


GPEx

What should be in an early safety assessment? Lessons from the experts and RTO experience.

GPEx

The financial costs and revenue associated with teaching and supervision in general practice.

GP Synergy

The QUIT-CA Index (Questionable In Training Clinical Activities): associations of low-value clinical activities and relationship to RACGP Fellowship examination performance.

GP Synergy

Exploring the clinical experience of Practice Experience Program participants via an established patient encounter tracking and learning tool.

GPTQ

Exploring GP medical educator and trainee perceptions of benefits, challenges and enablers to on-line and face to face teaching and learning in vocational GP training.

GPTQ

Mind the gaps: preparedness of new general practitioner fellows for independent practice.

GPTQ

Teaching and learning of Doctors' Health in Australian general practice training.

MCCC

Supervisor and training Practice Audit, Development and Evaluation (SPADE).

Education Research Grant program Cohort guide 2021


GP Synergy

What’s in a visit? Establishing the content and perceived utility of Clinical Teaching Visits (CTV) in different settings within Australian GP training.

See report

GPEx

Investigation of the adaptability, feasibility and utility of a Patient Encounter Tracking and Learning (PETAL) tool across different contexts in general practice.

General Practice Training Queensland

Multisource Feedback: Performance and Reflectivity in Practice Experience Program.

See report

General Practice Training Queensland

A realist evaluation of an innovative supervisor training intervention with the aim of achieving safe and efficient consultation-based oversight, support and advice (COSA) which enhances registrar learning.

See report

Eastern Victoria GP Training

Developing a national GP Supervisor professional development curriculum.

GPEx

Real-time learning logs in General Practice. Tracking in-consultation learning of general practice registrars.

GP Synergy

A mixed-methods exploration of the utility of Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT): a work-based assessment and Patient Encounter Tracking and Learning Tool (PETAL).

See report

Education Research Grant program Cohort guide 2020


Eastern Victoria GP Training

From trainee to GP: the role of feedback in promoting progression to independence.

See report

GP Synergy

Independent practice characteristics of early-career GPs in the two years post-Fellowship, and associations with training experiences.

See report

GP Synergy

A qualitative study of a peer mentorship program for GP registrars: exploring the experiences of registrar mentees and mentors and perceived impact on registrar training and subsequent job satisfaction.

See report

General Practice Training Queensland

Medical Educators – Where do they come from? Exploring the barriers and enablers to becoming a medical educator.

See report

General Practice Training Queensland

Registrar-initiated oversight, support and advice: help-seeking in general practice training.

See report

Murray City Country Coast

Mapping the journey of the GP Registrar – Key learning experience in the first GP placement.

See report

Murray City Country Coast

Supervision of High Risk Early Consultations (SHREC) in GP Training.

See report

Education Research Grant - Special Grant Round

GPEx

The development of an evidence-based, practical and contextualized Work Based Assessment (WBA) framework for GP training and education.

Publication

Prentice, S, Benson, J, Kirkpatrick, E, Schuwirth, L. Workplace‐based assessments in postgraduate medical education: A hermeneutic review. Med Educ. 2020; 00: 1‐ 12.


GP Synergy

Improving guideline compliance for prescription of benzodiazepines and related drugs in general practice registrars: a pragmatic trial employing a non-equivalent control groups design and post-intervention qualitative evaluation.

GP Synergy

Design, delivery and evaluation of an educational intervention for GP registrars in reviewing older patients’ medication regimens and de-prescribing inappropriate medications.

EVGPT

Feedback exchanges, supervisory relationships and the educational alliance: implications for GP registrar and supervisor training and support.

GPEx

Measuring the educational alliance with supervisors from the registrar perspective.

GPTT

Supervising GP Registrars – who does and doesn’t participate and why?


GPTQ

Global Assessment Tools in (medical) Education (GATE).

GPTT

Adapting and validating a tool to measure the supervisory relationship of GP supervisors.

GPTT

A qualitative study of the experience of GP supervisors and GP registrars in the management of older patients with chronic disease.


Enquiries

GP Education Research Team

  gpedresearch@racgp.org.au

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