Past Research Projects

Supervision of High-Risk Early Consultations

Project Team

  • Dr Gerard Ingham
  • Dr Kayty Plastow (MCCC registrar)
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Kippen (Rural Health, Monash University)
  • Nicky White (MCCC).




1 July 2018 – 31 June 2019

Description of project:

The Supervision of High-Risk Early Consultations (SHREC) Project is looking at safety in early GP training. According the RACGP Standards registrars are only supposed to manage patients they are competent to manage. However, the RACGP standards are outcome standards and do not provide clear direction about how the standard can be achieved. Our research asks:

  • How are RACGP standards being delivered currently in Australian general practice training?
  • How could the start of general practice training be made safer?
  • Would a safety checklist to prompt the registrar to call the supervisor be of assistance, and if so, what should be on the checklist?
  • Would a period of closer supervision at the start of training be acceptable?

Our research has involved interviews with lead medical educators from each of the nine regional training organisations and from focus groups of registrars and supervisors.

Conference presentations:

AUSDEM abstract

Publications and presentations:

Ingham Gerard, Plastow Kayty, Kippen Rebecca, White Nicky (2020) Closer supervision in Australian general practice training: planning major system change. Australian Journal of Primary Health , -. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY19156

Gerard Ingham, Kayty Plastow, Rebecca Kippen & Nicky White (2019) Tell me if there is a problem: safety in early general practice training, Education for Primary Care, DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2019.1610078