Emily Jepson has been on maternity leave since March 2022 and will be returning from leave at the beginning of 2023. We welcome the two new staff, Diane Rowland and Nikki Moore, who are covering Emily’s two roles across the Research and Evaluation, and the Practice Support and Development Units. Diane has taken up the Evaluation and Supervisor Professional Development Support Officer role in the Research and Evaluation Unit.
Current research projects
Cultural Safety and GP supervisor continuing professional development project 2021.
This project, led by the Aboriginal Health Unit and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health, has continued into 2022. In this project, the remaining two modules have been developed and are now being evaluated.
Evaluation of the Pilot GP Training Program
The evaluation of the pilot GP training program is well underway with most initial data collection completed. Data has been collected from a range of stakeholders including the working group, registrars and training advisors. We thank all those who have participated in this research. The Research and Evaluation Unit will be working to analyse and report on this data.
Vertical Integration in Gippsland General Practices
EV and Monash University School of Rural Health are jointly working on a research project investigating vertical integration in Gippsland general practices. Vertical integration in medical education and training involves a continuum of learners. It is where teaching and learning occurs between medical students, junior doctors, GP registrars, GP supervisors, medical educators and a number of other potential groups. Vertical integration allows education to be coordinated, purposeful, a team approach and alleviates some of the practice-based teaching pressures.
This research will involve data collection from vertically integrated practices throughout Gippsland, and specifically from GP supervisors, practice managers, registrars and medical students. We aim to describe the enablers and inhibitors of successful vertical integration in GP rural practices.
December 2021 – published online ahead of print
- Bearman M, Dracup M, Garth B, Johnson C and Wearne E. Learning to recognise what good practice looks like: how general practice trainees develop evaluative judgement. Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice. 2021 Dec 2: online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-021-10086-3.
- Ledger J, Tapley A, Levi C, Davey A, van Driel M, Holliday EG, Ball J, Fielding A, Spike N, FitzGerald K and Magin P. Specificity of early-career general practitioners’ problem formulations in patients presenting with dizziness: a cross-sectional analysis. Family Medicine and Community Health. 2021 Dec 24: online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1136/fmch-2021-001087.
- Moad D, Fielding A, Tapley A, van Driel ML, Holliday EG, Ball JI, Davey AR, FitzGerald K, Bentley M, Spike NA, Kirby C, Turnock A and Magin P. Socioeconomic disadvantage and the practice location of recently Fellowed Australian GPs: a cross-sectional analysis. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 2022 Feb; 28(2): 104-109. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY21179.
- Tran M, Wearne S, Tapley A, Fielding A, Davey A, van Driel M, Holliday E, Ball J, FitzGerald K, Spike N and Magin P. Transitions in general practice training: quantifying epidemiological variation in trainees’ experiences and clinical behaviours. BMC Medical Education. 2022 Feb; 22(1): 124. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-022-03178-0.
February 2022 – published online ahead of print
- Morgan T, Tapley A, Davey A, Holliday E, Fielding A, van Driel M, Ball J, Spike N, FitzGerald K, Morgan S, Magin P. Influence of rurality on general practitioner registrars’ participation in their practice’s after-hours roster: A cross-sectional study. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 2022 Feb 23: online ahead of print. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajr.12850
- Ingham G and Johnson C. GP supervisors in Australia: a cornerstone in need of repair. Medical Journal of Australia. 2022 Mar; 216(4): 178-181. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.5694/mja2.51411
- Moad D, Tapley A, Fielding A, van Driel ML, Holliday EG, Ball JI, Davey AR, FitzGerald K, Spike NA, Magin P. Socioeconomic status of practice location and Australian GP registrars’ training: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Medical Education. 2022 Apr; 22(1): 285. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-022-03359-x.
- Fielding A, Moad D, Tapley A, Davey A, Holliday E, Ball J, Bentley M, FitzGerald K, Kirby C, Turnock A, Spike N, van Driel ML, Magin P. Prevalence and associations of rural practice location in early-career general practitioners in Australia: a cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open. 2022 Apr; 12(4): e058892. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058892.
April 2022 – published online ahead of print
- Clement T, Ingham G and Willems J. Using organisational role theory and job analysis to identify and define the roles of an effective Australian general practice supervisor. Education for Primary Care. 2022 Apr 13: online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2022.2045228.
- Magin P, Ralston A, Tapley A, Holliday E, Ball J, van Driel ML, Davey A, Klein L, FitzGerald K, Spike N, Fielding A. ‘Low-value’ clinical care in general practice: associations of low value care in GP trainees’ practice, including formative and summative examination performance – protocol for cross-sectional and retrospective cohort study analyses using the QUestionable In Training Clinical Activities (QUIT-CA) index. BMJ Open. 2022 May; 12(5): e058989. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058989.
- Willems J. ‘Where do I place my chair?’: Considerations of chair placement in consultation observation. Australian Journal of General Practice. 2022 May; 51(5): 304-309. https://doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-04-21-5950.
- Roth R and Willems J. A new framework for teaching the art of general practice consultation to registrars and supervised doctors. Australian Journal of General Practice. 2022 May; 51(5): 310-315. https://doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-02-21-5817.
Dr Aneglo D’Amore
Research and Evaluation Manager
Quality Assurance and Evaluation
The quality assurance and evaluation portfolio have been working on the evaluation component of the abovementioned research projects along with our continued support of the various training groups across EV. We have also been working on an evaluation summary of all EV’s evaluations where we have identified areas of commendation and areas of improvement.
Over the past 6 months, we have evaluated core modules and metropolitan and rural GP supervisor training programs, conducted and analysed focus group information for GPT2 training, and currently assisting the AHU to evaluate the new cultural safety framework.
We have continued to maintain our suite of evaluations, meet with staff involved in the delivery of education and training to ensure continuous quality improvement and innovation in training delivery, and we have continued to utilise QR codes for evaluations.
Finally, both Nikki Moore and Diane Rowland have attended EAR training with RACGP, with Nikki now fully accredited.
Dr Angelo D’Amore
Research and Evaluation Manager