Unfortunately, we have had to farewell Dr Belinda Garth (Quality Assurance Manager) from EV earlier this year. She has been in GP training for nearly 7 years (at both EV and SGPT) working in quality assurance, evaluation and research. Her work in this space has been invaluable. Belinda has taken up a new research lead role at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (Monash Health). She will be working with Prof. Helena Teede and her team as Research Fellow – Advancing Women in Healthcare Leadership. She will be working on research that will aim to measurably improve gender inequity in healthcare leadership to better reflect the community and workforce. We wish Belinda all the very best in her future endeavours.
Completed research projects
Developing a GP Supervisor Professional Development Framework and Curriculum
The National GP Supervisor Professional Development Curriculum project (funded via an RACGP Education Research Grant) and the GP Supervisor Professional Development Framework project (funded via an RACGP Special Project Grant) were completed in March 2021. It culminated in the submission of a 165-page report. Researchers on this project have developed 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 developed 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. A special thank you to the research team including current EV staff (Dr Caroline Johnson, Prof. Neil Spike, Ms Lisa Vandenberg, Dr Elisabeth Wearne and Dr Julie Willems) and past EV staff (Dr Tim Clement and Dr Gerard Ingham).
Current research projects
Developing a cultural safety framework for GP supervisor professional development
The Cultural Safety Framework for GP Supervisor Continuing Professional Development project (funded via the Commonwealth Department of Health Strategic Plan Special Projects Grant) is well underway. The first stage of this project, involving an audit of documents and survey data, and the development of a framework, have been completed. The second stage is well underway with the development of a cultural awareness module and a cultural safety module almost complete. These modules will run during the second half of the year and be evaluated. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
Willems A, Tapley A, Fielding A, Tng V, Holliday EG, van Driel ML, Ball JI, Davey AR, FitzGerald K, Spike NA, Magin PJ. General Practice Registrars’ Management of and Specialist Referral Patterns for Atopic Dermatitis. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2021 Jan 29;11(1):e2021118. doi: 10.5826/dpc.1101a118. eCollection 2021 Jan.
Ramisetty SR, D’Amore A, Chantler R, Greacen J, Campbell D, Mitchell EKL. What is learned from an Australian older person health assessment? Aust Health Rev. 2021 Mar 2. doi: 10.1071/AH20064. Online ahead of print.
Cherry MD, Tapley A, Quain D, Holliday EG, Ball J, Davey A, van Driel ML, Fielding A, Spike N, FitzGerald K, Magin P. Antibiotic prescribing patterns of general practice registrars for infective conjunctivitis: a cross-sectional analysis. J Prim Health Care. 2021 Mar 8. doi: 10.1071/HC20040. Online ahead of print.
Ramisetty SR, D’Amore A, Mitchell EKL. Attitudes of general practitioners and practice nurses regarding older person health assessments. Aust J Prim Health. 2021 Apr 1. doi: 10.1071/PY20262. Online ahead of print.
Magin P, Quain D, Tapley A, van Driel M, Davey A, Holliday E, Ball J, Kaniah A, Turner R, Spike N, FitzGerald K, Hilmer S. Deprescribing in older patients by early-career general practitioners: Prevalence and associations. Int J Clin Pract. 2021 May 6. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.14325. Online ahead of print.
Nawaz S, Tapley A, Davey AR, van Driel ML, Fielding A, Holliday EG, Ball J, Patsan I, Berrigan A, Morgan S, Spike NA, FitzGerald K, Magin P. Management of a Chronic Skin Disease in Primary Care: An Analysis of Early-Career General Practitioners’ Consultations Involving Psoriasis. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2021 May 20;11(3):e2021055. doi: 10.5826/dpc.1103a55.
Dr Aneglo D’Amore
Research and Evaluation Manager
Quality Assurance and Evaluation
The quality assurance and evaluation portfolio have been working on three main projects:
Practice Mentor Program pilot evaluation
The pilot Practice Mentor Program, teaming up experienced Practice Managers and Practice Supervisors with new Managers and Supervisors has occurred over the first half of 2021. This pilot program will be evaluated to determine the potential to continue and expand the program.
Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety module evaluation
As part of the Cultural Safety Framework for GP Supervisor Continuing Professional Development project, Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety modules are being developed. These modules will be piloted and evaluated in the second half of the year.
QR codes for EV evaluations
QR codes were introduced this year for training participants to access evaluations at the end of their training session instead of the traditional email process. So far, this new approach has resulted in a significant increase in the number of evaluations completed. This is important, so that EV can obtain the most accurate feedback to inform improvements in future training. Once there is a return to face-to-face training, the continued use of QR codes will be investigated.
Indeed, there has also been a continuation of the usual quality assurance and evaluation portfolio activities, including:
- EV’s suite of evaluations for its education and training programs.
- Meeting staff involved in the delivery of education and training to ensure a sustained use of evidence to inform continuous quality improvement and innovation in training delivery.
- Participation in the National Quality and Evaluation Network (NQEN). This is a Community of Practice with membership from every RTO, RACGP and ACRRM.
Dr Angelo D’Amore
Research and Evaluation Manager