New Research and Evaluation Manager
We are pleased to welcome Dr Angelo D’Amore who commenced in October as EV’s new Research and Evaluation Manager. Angelo brings a wealth of experience in the design, delivery and leadership of medical education research and evaluation programs. We look forward to Angelo leading the delivery of EV’s strategic objectives through our research and evaluation programs and working with our research and quality assurance staff in doing so. As we continue to work remotely at EV, Angelo will be working remotely also, though he would normally be based at our Churchill Office.
Dr Angelo D’Amore, Research and Evaluation Manager
Current research projects
Developing a GP Supervisor Professional Development Framework and Curriculum.
Researchers on this project have been developing a framework for GP supervisor professional development taking into consideration different motivations, needs, roles and environments across the Australian GP supervisor settings. Alongside this, the team has also been developing a national curriculum acknowledging Australian GP supervisor needs. It is envisaged that the framework and curriculum can be utilised across Australian postgraduate GP supervision settings. This project is due to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Developing a cultural safety framework for GP supervisor professional development.
The first stage of this project, involving an audit of documents and survey data, and the development of a framework, is nearing completion. The second stage is about to commence. This final stage involves the development of four cultural safety modules (both face-to-face and online) and will also involve an evaluation. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
Journal publications and conference presentations
Below are details of journal publications and a conference presentation associated with EV that have been published and presented over the past 6 months:
Davey, A., Tapley, A., Mulquiney, K., van Driel, M., Fielding, A., Holliday, E., Ball, J., Spike, N., FitzGerald, K. & Magin, P. Management of urinary tract infection by early-career general practitioners in Australia. J Eval Clin Pract. 2020; 26 (6): 1703-1710. https://doi.org/10.1111/jep.13340
Hill, S., Tapley, A., van Driel, M.L., Holliday, E.G., Ball, J., Davey, A., Patsan, I., Spike, N., Fitzgerald, K., Morgan, S. & Magin, P. Australian general practice registrars and their experience with postpartum consultations: A cross‐sectional analysis of prevalence and associations. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2020; 60 (2): 196-203. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajo.13034
Sturman, N.J., Tapley, A., van Driel, M.L. Holliday, E. G., Ball, J. I., Davey, A. R., Fielding, A., FitzGerald, K., Spike, N. A. & Magin, P. J. Configurations for obtaining in-consultation assistance from supervisors in general practice training, and patient-related barriers to trainee help-seeking: a survey study. BMC Med Educ. 2020; 20 (1): 369. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02291-2
Turner, R., Tapley, A., Sweeney, S., Davey, A., Holliday, E., van Driel, M., Henderson, K., Ball, J., Morgan, S., Spike, N., FitzGerald, K. & Magin, P. Prevalence and associations of prescribing of long-acting reversible contraception by general practitioner registrars: a secondary analysis of ReCEnT data. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2020; 46 (3): 218-225. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2019-200309
Williames, S., Temple-Smith, M., Chondros, P., Spike, N., Salamone, A., Magin, P., Hiscock, H. & Sanci, L. Are we preparing Victorian general practice registrars to be confident in all aspects of primary care paediatrics? Aust J Gen Pract. 2020; 49 (11): 759-766. https://doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-08-19-5028
van Driel, M., Tapley, A., Spurling, G., Patsan, I., Davey, A., Fielding, A., Fitzgerald, K., Spike, N. & Magin, P. Who pays for lunch? GP-registrars’ interactions with pharmaceutical sales representatives. Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) Annual Research Conference, 14–15 August 2020. Aust J Prim Health. 2020; 26 (4): iii-ixiv.
Quality Assurance and Evaluation
Dr Belinda Garth, Quality Assurance Manager
The quality assurance and evaluation portfolio has been busy again this year. Our work continues to include key projects, a suite of evaluations for registrar, supervisor and medical educator workshops, and presence at meetings across the organisation to work with staff towards sustained use of evidence to inform EV’s continuous quality improvement and innovation. Significant work in 2020 has included:
- Completion of EV’s Program Evaluation (two-way feedback, ECTVs, Training Advisor visits and registrar workshops). Click here for a summary of key findings. For a copy of the executive summary or full report please contact Belinda.Garth@evgptraining.com.au
- Contribution to EV’s RACGP reaccreditation submission
- Leading the National Quality and Evaluation Network
- Advancing towards improved feedback to supervisors and training practices. With registrar End of Training Interview data being captured online since the beginning of 2019, we are currently working with the IT team to build reports to utilise the valuable data we now have access to. Registrar Future Plans reports and Training Practice Reports are our first priority. EV are committed to improving our use of data to inform continued program improvement and to improve feedback to our supervisors and training practices; this will be an area of priority going into 2021.
National Quality and Evaluation Network (NQEN) Update
NQEN convened again in November and was attended by 17 quality and evaluation staff members across RTOs, including EV’s Belinda Garth (Chair), Angelo D’Amore and Emily Jepson. ACRRM was our guest at this meeting and shared their evaluation framework. We engaged in discussion around the utility of and limitations around surveys (including the national surveys and our own RTO-led surveys), triangulation of data, and opportunities for future collaboration. We discussed the potential for using NQEN to coordinate an overarching national framework that is guided by a shared purpose, aims and objectives, is flexible to cater to regional context, and which outlines a number of key areas of focus for evaluation, quality and research work that aligns the work of RTO’s and the Colleges. We look forward to progressing these ideas with both ACRRM and RACGP. Going forward, NQEN will continue to work collaboratively with both Colleges in the quality assurance, evaluation and research space.
Interest within the network has led to the development of a Summer Series, with additional meetings planned to cover specific topics for presentation and discussion. Upcoming topics include Program Logic (GP Synergy), EV’s Program Evaluation (Belinda Garth), and the Practice Experience Program evaluation (RACGP).