GPSA have put together a series of Frequently Asked Questions on topics that are featured in our webinars. The questions come from you the GP Supervisor and the answers come from our Guides and GP Supervisors who have a special interest in the topic.
Mandatory Reporting of Colleagues
While nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they must report a colleague for misconduct, you have a legal obligation to do so for notifiable conduct.
Equally stressful can be feeling unsure whether a colleague’s behaviour constitutes mandatory reporting and angst about whether you may act unnecessarily.
This guide aims to answer frequently asked questions about what constitutes mandatory reporting and how to manage situations when the lines seem blurred.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is estimated to affect about 500,000 Australians and is the fifth leading cause of death in Australia. COPD is the second leading cause of hospital admissions and it is estimated between 250,000-600,000 people remain undiagnosed.
While the condition is incurable and often complex to manage, it is possible to slow progression and prevent exacerbations with accurate diagnosis and appropriate stepwise care.
As GP supervisors, we have a responsibility to teach registrars how to diagnose COPD and help navigate their thinking about medications and puffers.
GP supervisors have a professional responsibility to provide effective and constructive feedback to their GP registrar. However, this core teaching skill does not come naturally to all supervisors.
Whether or not you are comfortable in providing feedback, there are strategies which can help you develop this vital communication skill.
The information in this resource will help enrich your teaching, registrar’s learning and quality of patient care. You can use these feedback strategies in conjunction with local protocols and advice from your Regional Training Organisation (RTO).