Current Research Projects

Supervisor and Training Practice Audit: Development and Evaluation (SPADE)

Project team:

  • Dr Gerard Ingham – Chief Investigator, MCCC GP Training
  • Dr Tim Clement – Senior Research Fellow, MCCC GP Training
  • Associate Professor Katrina Anderson – Academic Lead, Australian National University


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


4 January – 31 December 2021

Description of project:

The purpose of this action research study is to implement and refine a novel form of ‘supervisor professional development’ – a self-directed quality improvement activity. The intervention, delivered in general practice training posts, aims to improve supervisor teaching and the practice learning environment. The research is guided by the following overarching question:

How can we use a quality improvement activity to help an in-practice ‘supervisory team’ improve a self-identified aspect of their teaching and learning practices?

The project draws on the notion of the ‘teacher researcher’. In the project’s context, this is Medical Educators carrying out research into their own practice. The quality improvement activity will be implemented in four training posts, with four related action research cycles of planning, action, observation, and reflection.

Contact Dr Gerard Ingham regarding this research project.