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Research & Quality Assurance (May 2016)

By May 23, 2016May 25th, 2016No Comments

QA-team-photo“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk

Quality Assurance

Things have been busy over Research & Quality Assurance. As you will already know, bringing together two high quality training programs and merging them into one cohesive program is quite a task! From a QA perspective, it has been critical to establish a foundation for ensuring we meet our training obligations. As such, our QA framework and Approaches to program planning, implementation and evaluation are essentially complete. These documents provide a process for us to ensure our education and training programs, including in-practice and out-of-practice training activities and resources, meet their learning objectives and align with EV’s strategic objectives, priorities and KPIs, and RACGP and ACRRM training standards. Together with James Brown and Andrew Roberts, we have also led the charge to generate EV Principles of Operation. These principles have had valuable input from portfolio teams and should be used as a guide for decision-making. These will be finalised within the next month and made available on the EV website.

The QA team are also providing advice and guidance on all matters related to evaluation and feedback, now and over the coming months. Open communication and stakeholder engagement is critical to the QA process, and we have valued our meetings and conversations with EV staff and stakeholders, including meeting our fantastic supervisors at the recent residential in San Remo!

In other news, Cat is completing training with the RACGP to enable her to accredit supervisor and ME professional development activities for EV. Belinda attended Ottawa Conference in Perth; information gained from this has informed some of our QA activities.


Cat has been liaising with registrars interested in applying for a 2017 Academic Post. There has been an encouraging amount of interest from registrars. Also, the first meeting of the EV Journal Club for medical educators is Wednesday, 8 June. There has been a great amount of interest from the education team.

Belinda is leading our research project (funded by an Educational Research Grant by Department of Health) on new GP supervisors, entitled “From clinician to educator: GP supervisor professional identity formation and the implications for training”. Given the critical role of supervisors in GP training and the lack of research examining their role transition and professional identity development, we are exploring their experiences and identifying specific points, events and factors that facilitate or impede professional development. Information gained from this research will be used to enhance supervisor training and support. The project is progressing well and Belinda is enjoying regular contact with our participant supervisors who have been kind enough to submit regular audio diary recordings.

Further strengthening our engagement with universities, we have both been appointed Adjunct Senior Lecturers at Monash University (School of Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences).

Dr Belinda Garth and Dr Cat Kirby