General practice training in Australia is based on an apprenticeship model where you will see your own patients under the supervision of an experienced GP.
The level of supervision varies as you progress through your training. Clinical experience is a powerful teacher and your practice learning will be further supplemented and consolidated through in-practice teaching (both formal and informal), teaching visits from medical educators, programmatic assessments and attendance of educational workshops with your peers.
Your allocated GP supervisor is responsible for your on-site clinical guidance and support, in-practice teaching and assessing your clinical competence.
The required amount of on-site supervision depends on the term you are currently undertaking.
The minimum on-site supervision requirements are:
- GPT1: the supervisor needs to physically be at the practice 80% of the time you are present.
- GPT2: the supervisor needs to physically be at the practice 50% of the time you are present.
- GPT3 the supervisor needs to physically at the practice at least 25% of the time you are present.
During times you are working in the practice and your supervisor is not physically present there must be an agreed system in place where your supervisor or an appropriate delegate can be contacted for prompt clinical guidance and support.