Supervision--growing and building a sustainable general practice supervisor system

Med J Aust. 2011 Jun 6;194(11):S101-4.


This article explores various models and ideas for future sustainable general practice vocational training supervision in Australia. The general practitioner supervisor in the clinical practice setting is currently central to training the future general practice workforce. Finding ways to recruit, retain and motivate both new and experienced GP teachers is discussed, as is the creation of career paths for such teachers. Some of the newer methods of practice-based teaching are considered for further development, including vertically integrated teaching, e-learning, wave consulting and teaching on the run, teaching teams and remote teaching. Approaches to supporting and resourcing teaching and the required infrastructure are also considered. Further research into sustaining the practice-based general practice supervision model will be required.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration
  • Faculty, Medical
  • General Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Mentors*
  • Models, Educational*
  • Teaching / methods