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We represent supervisors through credible advocacy that is backed by sound research. GPSA is open to partnering with relevant health sector policy makers and representatives on research that can give new insights into the GP training climate and the contribution that supervisors make to it.

Please contact ceo@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au if you wish to discuss a potential research proposal.

 

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 invited 25 GPs 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 is 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.

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from Tasmanian GPs about their experiences supervising GP registrars. Apart from what we have found from the MABEL data, GPs are telling us much more about supervision within the context of rural general practice, how much they value registrars, and some of the challenges at a community, personal and practice level for enabling positive supervision.

The strong message is that GP registrars are a very positive group to have around in the practice, and rural GPs value the additional workforce they bring to the practice.

Rural GP Supervisors identified the increased capacity realized with GP registrars helped to deliver additional services and support to rural patients critical to increasing primary care access in communities with limited health services.

GP supervisors interviewed also identified the chance to teach (building the next generation) and share learning about general practice in rural communities as real strengths of participating in the AGPT program.

Further information:

Michael Bentley, GPTT Project Lead, michael.bentley@gptt.com.au

Marisa Sampson, Project Manager, GPSA

marisa.sampson@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 03 5440 9077

This research project is supported by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with funding from the Australian Government under the Australian General Practice Training Program.

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

GPEx, in partnership with General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT), General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA), and Monash University are making great progress with their education research project funded through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Department of Health (DOH).

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

Following on from the successful work of GPTT, GPSA and Monash University to develop the GP Supervisory Relationship Measure (GP-SRM), that is used to gather the supervisor’s perspective on the supervisory relationship, the SSRQ project seeks to adapt and validate a complementary tool to explore the relationship from the registrar’s perspective.

The Short Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire (SSRQ) was be adapted by an Expert Registrar Advisory Group, comprising registrars from GPEx and GPTT, and piloted with a separate group of registrars from GPEx and GPTT in December 2017.

The results were promising and a second adaptation and pilot was conducted in March/April 2018.

All eligible GPEx and GPTT registrars were invited to participate in the study and complete the modified SSRQ via SurveyMonkey. The survey is currently open and will close in June 2018.

Following on from the success of the GP Supervisory Relationship Measure (GP-SRMS), we are now referring to the instrument as the GP Supervisory Relationship Measure – Registrars (GP-SRMR).

This project will also use innovative computer adaptive testing to explore if the matched tools for measuring the educational alliance from both the supervisor and registrar perspective can be shortened whilst still maintaining their validity and reliability.

It is envisaged that this project will lead to a better understanding of the educational alliance between registrars and supervisors and should also lead to the development of appropriate support and resources for GP Registrars.

Further information:

Dr Taryn Elliott, GPEx, taryn.elliott@gpex.com.au

Joan Burns, Project Manager, GPSA

joan.burns@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 0472 520 611

This research project is supported by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with funding from the Australian Government under the Australian General Practice Training Program.

COMPLETED RESEARCH STUDY – MEASURING THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE FROM THE GP SUPERVISOR’S PERSPECTIVE

This project is now complete and the tool is available on our website. Click here to access.

The project set out to adapt and validate a tool to measure the educational alliance from the GP Supervisor’s perspective.

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.

The outcome is the GP-Supervisory Relationship Measure for Supervisors (GP-SRMS).

The project was conducted by General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in partnership with General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and Monash University.

A second project is currently underway to develop a partner instrument – the GP Supervisory Relationship Measure for Registrars (GP-SRMR).

Further information:

Michael Bentley, GPTT Project Lead, michael.bentley@gptt.com.au

Joan Burns, Project Manager, GPSA
joan.burns@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 0472 520 611

This research project is supported by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with funding from the Australian Government under the Australian General Practice Training Program.