Current Grants and Tenders

RESEARCH STUDY – Supervising GP registrars – who does and doesn’t participate and why?

General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in partnership with General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and Monash University invite you to participate in a study designed to better understand the reasons why general practitioners (GPs) do or don’t supervise GP Registrars in rural areas of Tasmania and why.

This study will be the first systematic analysis of GPs participating in registrar supervision and what underpins their decision to participate.

This project will help to understand Tasmania’s current and future GP supervisor workforce training support needs locally and nationally to ensure there are enough GP Supervisors to meet training demand within the AGPT program into the future.

Your insights along with those of fellow supervisors and non-supervisors will be sought to inform a set of findings that GPTT and other RTO’s can use as a blueprint of future incentives and supports to sustain GP supervisor engagement into the future.

We know your time is valuable. Participants will be given a $200 gift card which will be sent to nominated address on completion of a 45 minute interview. All participant data will be de-identified upon collection.

Interviews will take place between December 2017 and 31 March 2018.

More information can be found in the Participant Explanatory Statement here. If you would like to participate in research that could directly benefit you in your role as a GP supervisor please contact Marisa Sampson by email or phone 03 5440 9077.

RESEARCH STUDY – Measuring the educational alliance with supervisors from the registrar perspectice (SSRQ)

The relationship between a registrar and his or her supervisor is critical to facilitate all aspects of learning. If the relationship between the registrar and the supervisor is less than optimal this can impact the educational alliance and result in poor outcomes for both the registrar and supervisor.

While there are a number of instruments that measure the educational environment from the registrar perspective in postgraduate training in Australia and overseas, there are no validated tools to measure the educational alliance or supervisory relationship from the GP Registrar perspective within the Australian GP context.

Read the full Communique here


General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in partnership with General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and Monash University was successful in its application for an Education Research Grant through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program in the Australian Department of Health (DOH).

The research grant was awarded for a project that attempts to measure the educational alliance between a GP Supervisor and a GP Registrar from the perspective of the GP Supervisor.

The relationship between a registrar and his or her supervisor has been suggested as the platform for all other aspects of learning and the concept of the educational alliance is a central component of this relationship.

Despite this, evaluation of this relationship is almost entirely focused on registrar satisfaction with the supervision and training they receive.

The Supervisory Relationship Measure (SRM) is a tool that has been used to validly and reliably measure the supervisory relationship between supervisors and trainees from the perspective of the supervisor in the discipline of clinical psychology in the UK.

As far as we know, it is the first time this tool will be used to explore the supervisory relationship in general practice from the perspective of the supervisor, in Australia or elsewhere.

It may be possible to predict supervisor satisfaction using the SRM, which is a critical motivator in engaging and retaining supervisors in clinical and educational supervision.

The SRM may also be used to gain an understanding of deficits that can then inform the supervisor education strategies of Australian general practice Regional Training Organisations (RTOs).

The SRM will be adapted and piloted with an Expert Supervisor Group in Tasmania.

All GP Supervisors who are members of GPSA were invited to participate in the study and complete the modified SRM via SurveyMonkey.

The survey took place in April/May 2017. The results are currently being analysed and it’s looking very promising that we may have a valid instrument for use in the AGPT program.

Further information:

Joan Burns, Project Manager, GPSA or 0472 520 611