History

GPSA is proud to be celebrating our 10th year since first receiving official government funding and being renamed to GP Supervisors Australia. Over the past ten years, we are proud of our achievements in advocating for GP Supervisors and training practices, and providing education and tools that strengthen training of the next generation of family doctors. 

GPSA History

GPSA History
2022
2022

Carla Taylor appointed as CEO

Carla Taylor
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.  
2022

GP Clinical Learning Environment (GPCLE) resources released

GPCLE
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.
2022

Research: The financial costs and revenue associated with teaching and supervision in General Practice

Research
Research suggests that GP Training is largely paid for by general practice, well in excess of theAustralian Government’s $220 million contribution. Study by GPEx,  University of Adelaide and GPSA.
2022

Before the registrar starts resources released

before registrar starts
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.
2022

Helping your registrar plan their learning guide

Guide Planning learning
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.
2021
2021

LGBTQIA+ inclusive healthcare guide released

lgbtqia guide
In the first resource of it’s kind, GPSA release a guide that is a comprehensive resource for GP supervisors to support their teaching and supervision of registrars providing medical services to LGBTQIA+ patients in general practice.
2021

Supervision Roadmap for Rural Generalist Training in Victoria

Supervision Roadmap
Research project lead by GPSA explored the learning needs of the Victorian Rural Generalist Program curriculum, developing research and a Supervision Roadmap to guide the implementation of high-quality supervised learning across the core generalist curriculum in regional Victoria.
2021

GPSA Connect Facebook group launched

GPSA Connect
GPSA launched a Facebook group designed as a safe space just for GP Supervisors to connect and openly share perspectives, thoughts and answers related to GP Supervision.
2021

100 teaching plans developed

100+Resources
GPSA reach the milestone of over 100 teaching plans developed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, consultation skills, diagnoses, presentations and processes. 26 Teaching plans were developed during 2021-22.
2021

Single-employer model report

single employer model
Results from the 2021 GPSA Annual Survey explores the views of training practices on the single employer model for registrars, finding that less than 20% of GPSA members had knowledge of the single-employer model, and when we explained it in brief, only 18% supported it.
2020
2020

Member Growth

Member Growth 2020
Membership growth to 5952 supervisor members. 8343 members total. 5952 GP supervisors, 2391 honorary members– ie practice managers, registrars (future supervisors) and stakeholders.
2020

19 Webinars conducted

Webinars
GPSA conducted 19 Webinars during 2020-2021 and developed supporting FAQs, teaching plans and podcasts.
2020

Research: Challenges in General Practice during initial COVID 19 response

Research
This study involved a national online survey of Australian GPs and found that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has resulted in major changes to general practice business models
2020

TCLTAC participation

TCLTAC
GPSA participate in the Transition to College-Led Training Advisory Committee (TCLTAC), providing advice on the development and implementation of reforms to the delivery of GP training as part of the transition to a College-led training model.
2020

GPSA Chair Dr Nicole Higgins

Nicole Higgins
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.
2020

Telehealth advocacy and resources during COVID

telehealth
GPSA conducted webinars on how to conduct Telehealth consultations during COVID-19 and assessing registrars with Telehealth, and lobbied relevant political parties for the inclusion of telehealth in MBS.
2020

First to develop a universal COVID-19 resource

covid
In March 2020, GPSA were the first to develop a universal COVID-19 resource kit that could be adopted and adapted by general practices nationally and this resource was downloaded more times than any other GPSA resource ever.
2019
2019

17 Webinars conducted

Webinars
17 Webinars conducted during 2019-2020 on a range of clinical and GP supervision topics
2019

Release of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health guide

Ngangkari Painting
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health guide is released and sets out how GP Supervisors can strengthen teaching and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
2019

Membership Growth

GPSA Member Growth 2019
GPSA Membership growth to 5432 supervisor members
2019

GP Clinical Learning Environment framework developed

GPCLE
GP Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment framework developed in consultation with GP supervisors at the SLO Network.
2019

Supervisor Recognition and Reward program

recognition of service
During the year, 27 supervisors were recognised through the Supervisor Recognition and Reward program
2019

Research: GP Supervisor of the year qualitative study

Research
GP Supervisor of the year qualitative study into what the common characteristics of GP supervisors of the year commenced in collaboration with the College’s and RTO’s.
2019

Presented at seven conferences

2019 Conference
GPSA were delighted to meet and present to supervisors and practice managers at seven events during the financial year.
2019

Single employer model advocacy

Meeting
GPSA advocated to Ministers and the department of health that the single employer model may make sense for Rural Generalist trainees but  local issues need to be  worked through in each jurisdiction.
2019

GPSA starts to develop RAP plan

reconciliation
GPSA start to develop it’s first Reconciliation Action Plan
2018
2018

Research: Supervisory relationship measure for GP supervisors

Research
Adapting the supervisory relationship measure for general medical practice research presents an adaptation and validation of the clinical psychology supervisory relationship measure for GP supervisors.
2018

Research: Rural general practitioners supervising

Research
Research exploring factors  related to rural general practitioners supervising general practice registrars in Australia
2018

Membership growth

Member Growth
GPSA Membership growth of 7% to 4750 supervisor members 
2018

Research: Supervising GP registrars – who does and doesn’t participate and why?

Research
Commenced research to investigate why GPs choose not/ to supervise and better understand the characteristics of those who do. Lead by GPTT in collaboration with GPSA and Monash University.
2018

Supervision in after-hours environments

Supervision After Hours
Consultation with the Department of Health on the risks associated with supervision of registrars in after-hours environments leads to funding of GPSA guide from the AMA with support of MDA National for practice responses. 
2018

GPSA Chair Dr Gerard Connors

Gerard Conors
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.
2018

Presented at 17 conferences

GPSA Conference
GPSA presented to supervisors and practice managers at 17 events during the financial year
2018

Debt recovery scheme consultation

Meeting
Consultation on the Department of Health’s shared debt recovery scheme
2017
2017

Membership growth

Member Growth
GPSA Supervisor Member growth to  over 4402 GPSA Practice Manager Member growth to 1142
2017

Supervisor Recognition and Reward program

recognition of service
63 supervisors recognised through the Supervisor Recognition and Reward program during the year
2017

Presentations to supervisors and practice managers

2017 Conference
GPSA presented to supervisors and practice managers at twenty-eight events during the financial year.
2017

GP Supervisory Relationship Measure tool developed

Research
GPSA developed a GP Supervisory Relationship Measure tool through an RACGP Education Research Grant (ERG) grant to measure the supervisory relationship from the perspective of the GP Supervisor.
2017

Participation in AGPT policy review

2017 Meeting
Consulted on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) policy review, discussing issues related to extension of training time, appeals, ADF registrars, training obligations, transfers, withdrawals and the addition of a Rural Generalist Policy.
2017

Registrar employment contract template

GPSA Template
GPSA support our members with an employment contract template which has been developed to align with the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER)
2017

NTCER FAQ & email enquiry service

NTCER
GPSA creates an FAQ assist with resolving problems with the NTCER, and also establishes an GPSA email or telephone service for information about the NTCER.
2017

GPSA Website launched

GPSA Website
GPSA launched a new website in early 2017, including information on supporting supervisors and practices, employment resources and events as well as educational resources and a series of Online Learning Modules
2016
2016

Member Growth

Member Growth
GPSA Supervisor Member growth to 4136
2016

28 Teaching Plans developed

Teaching Plans
28 Teaching Plans developed during 2016 on a range of clinical and consultation skills topics
2016

Four guides released

Feedback Guide
GPSA releases guides on Teaching clinical reasoning, Managing uncertainty in General Practice, Giving effective feedback in General Practice and Rational Prescribing in General Practice
2016

Forum presentations

Conference Presentation 2016
GPSA presented at 28 industry and RTO forums during 2016
2016

GPSA Chair Dr Steve Holmes

Dr Steve Holmes
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.
2016

Doctor Talk and Shades of Grey Flash cards developed

Flashcards Bundle
Doctor Talk and Shades of Grey Flash cards developed to give GP Supervisors tools to discuss different cases and ethical scenarios with registrars
2016

Supervisor relationship research

supervisor relationship research
GPSA receives RACGP Education Research Grant in conjunction with General Practice Training Tasmania and Monash University to conduct a project that examines the supervisory relationship from the GP supervisor perspective.
2015
2015

Recognition of Service awards

recognition of service
Recognition of Service program commences and awards 146 Recognition of Service awards to GP supervisors nationally
2015

First Teaching plans

Teaching Plans
First 6 Teaching Plans developed during the year
2015

Three new guides released

Random Case Analysis Guide
Release of Guides on Bullying and Harassment, Random Case Analysis and Identifying and Supporting GP registrars at Risk
2015

Member growth

Member Growth
21% GPSA Supervisor Member growth to  over 3100 82% GPSA Practice Manager Member growth to 489
2015

New Supervisor Guide

New Supervisors Guide
Release of the New Supervisor guide in General Practice
2015

Two new guides released

Guides
Team Leadership in General Practice and Vertical & Horizontal Learning Integration in General Practice Guides released
2014
2014

Six GPSA webinars

Webinars
Conducted 6 GPSA webinars during the year
2014

Legal Advice Service

Legal Advice Service
Free 15 Minute Legal advice regarding employment related issues available to members through GPSA and Piper Alderman partnership
2014

GPSA Chair Dr Bruce Willett

Dr Bruce Willett
Coming from a background owning and running the Victoria Point surgery in Queensland, Dr Bruce Willett Bruce oversaw an important period of growth and development for GPSA. During this time GPSA positioned itself as an important provider of training and educational assistance tools for supervisors. GPSA also advocated strongly for supervisors with senior health ministers.  
2014

Member growth

Member Growth
21% GPSA Supervisor Member growth to over 2600 68% GPSA Practice Manager Member growth to to 268
2014

Glen Wallace Commences as CEO

Glen Wallace 2014
Glen Wallace commences as GPSA CEO, coming from a background working with the Victorian Department of Health and Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE).
2014

First guides released

First guides released
Release of the Guide for Practice Managers & Supervisors and the Best Practice for Supervision Guide
2013
2013

First research project looking at high quality training

Research
GPSA’s first research project commenced “Characteristics of high quality GP Training Practices” looking at 13 peer-recognised successful training Practices from across Australia
2013

MDA National sponsorship

MDA National
MDA National commence sponsorship of GPSA
2013

NTCER Negotiated with GPRA

NTCER
Negotiation of the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of GP Registrars (NTCER) with General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), representing the interests of GP Supervisors.
2013

GPSA Webinars commence

Webinars
GPSA commences webinars FREE for members to learn from and share with other supervisors all over Australia
2013

Appointment of CEO Margo Field

Margo Field
Margo Field appointed as the first CEO of GPSA and leads the establishment of the organisation, coming from a background as General Manager of Education and Training at General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA).
2012
2012

GPSA seed funding

GPSA seed funding
Seed Funding received from the Department of Health received to establish GPSA, an organisation representing the interests of GP Supervisors and GP training practices, funded through the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT).
2012

GPSA Chair Dr Trish Baker

Dr Trish Baker
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.