Remodelling general practice training: Tension and innovation

Aust J Gen Pract. 2019 Nov;48(11):773-778. doi: 10.31128/AJGP-05-19-4929.


Background and objectives: The transfer of general practice training in Australia to the two general practice colleges is an opportunity for change in the model of training. The dialectical theory of institutional change suggests that change occurs where organisational structures of training are in tension with the needs of those delivering training, and effective change arises from innovation within these tension points. These tensions have also been faced by general practice training organisations internationally, where solutions have also been crafted. By exploring training tensions and responses to these, the aim of this study was to inform the remodelling of general practice training in Australia.

Method: Senior educators and stakeholder representatives in Australia and internationally were interviewed to identify tensions in training delivery and innovative responses to these. An interpretative qualitative analysis was undertaken.

Results: Eight key tensions and associated innovative responses were identified.

Discussion: Drawing from the findings, this article provides recommendations for remodelling general practice training in Australia.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • General Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation / methods*