Having worked with GPSA in education and research since 2020, Carla stepped into the role of CEO in May 2022 with sound knowledge of the GP training context coupled with vast amounts of curiosity and enthusiasm. Carla is a problem-solver, strategist and marketing professional with a strong administrative and networking background. For twenty years she headed a highly successful group of companies in the retail and hospitality sectors, creating a brand well recognised across Australia for providing mainstream-quality cafés and retail precincts in many of the country’s major teaching hospitals. To this end, not unlike privately-owned general practices and the contractor GPs who underpin our primary health system, she became an expert in navigating the tensions between private sector flexibility and public sector regulation.

 

Dr Nicole Higgins commences as chair of GPSA, coming from a background as a GP supervisor in Mackay, North Queensland. Nicole also works as a medical educator for RVTS (previously Tropical Medical Training for Supervisor Education and Support), and has been a GP supervisor for 13 years. She was TMT’s 2014 Supervisor of the Year in recognition of her passion for mentoring future GPs. Nicole is a board member of the Queensland Faculty of RACGP and well-known to GPSA members as a webinar presenter and co-developer of the in-practice teaching resources freely available from the GPSA website.

Dr Gerard Connors commences as GSPA Chair, with experience as a GP supervisor for 25 years and part ownership of a large general practice in Sandringham, Victoria. He has also worked extensively with EVGPT and as a SLO.

Dr Stephen Holmes commences as GPSA Chair. Stephen is a GP/Obstetrician in Clare with a long history of advocacy for rural practice and is a Past President of the Rural Doctors Association of SA.

 

Dr Trish Baker lead the establishment of GPSA, coming from a background working with GPRA. Under her guidance, secured funding for GPSA to employ core staff and support GP Supervisors. Dr Baker is an experienced GP with particular interests in Mental Health, Skin Cancer medicine and Chronic Health conditions. Dr Baker is actively involved in teaching both at undergraduate level and with the postgraduate GP training program, and is a clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland.

GPSA release the “Helping your registrar plan their learning in General Practice” guide to support the GP supervisor to help their registrar plan their learning.

GPSA release a suite of checklists, tools and templates to guide you through the process of establishing and/or maintaining a quality GP clinical learning environment.

Glen Wallace commences as GPSA CEO, coming from a background working with the Victorian Department of Health and Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE).

GPSA release an easy timeline and checklist for practice managers and supervisors, Before the Registrar Starts, which outlines key tasks that need to be performed, and supporting resources, from 2-3 months before a new registrar starts through to their fourth week in the practice.