Medical professionalism

Medical professionalism refers to the values and skills that the profession and society expects of doctors, encapsulating both the individual doctor-patient relationship and the broader context of profession and society.

Registrars are expected to behave and practice in a way that meets the standards expected by their peers, patients and the wider Australian community. These standards and expectations are outlined in in AHPRA’s Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia.

You are expected to always maintain medical professionalism, in practice and in the community, including the appropriate use of social media. This means that you are expected to display these behaviours and standards towards all others and not just towards patients. This includes GP Synergy staff, medical educators, supervisors, practice management staff, allied healthcare professionals and the community at large.

GP Synergy professionalism declaration

Prior to accepting a training position with GP Synergy, all registrars sign a professionalism declaration agreeing to uphold the domains of professional behaviour.

The GP Synergy Professionalism Policy establishes standards of professional behaviour for medical practitioners involved in training with GP Synergy and in line with the expectations of other governing bodies.  Lack of compliance with GP Synergy’s Professionalism Policy may lead to:

  • focused learning plan
  • remediation term
  • withdrawal from a practice
  • withdrawal from training
  • notification to your college (RACGP/ACRRM).


When you submit documentation to GP Synergy, RACGP and/or ACRRM it is important that the information provided is a true representation of your language, thoughts, ideas, and expressions, and that it is your original work. If you fail to do this you may be subject to penalties that may impact your training time and/or position.

Plagiarism detection software may be used to review documentation submitted by registrars.

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