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GP supervisors in Australia: a cornerstone in need of repair

Gerard Ingham and Caroline Johnson
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51411
Published online: 21 February 2022

The general practitioner supervisor is a key element of the apprenticeship model, ensuring the development of a strong and capable GP workforce

Of all medical disciplines in Australia, training for the specialty of general practice has undergone the most change over the past 50 years. Before 1973, there was no training program for general practice at all. Since then, a succession of policy changes will ultimately result in all doctors working in general practice either having a specialty qualification (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners [RACGP] or Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine [ACCRM]) or being in a recognised program training towards one.

  • Gerard Ingham1
  • Caroline Johnson1,2

  • 1 Eastern Victoria GP Training, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC



Acknowledgements: 

This project was supported by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with funding from the Australian General Practice Training Program. The funding source had no role in planning, writing or publication of the work. We thank our Eastern Victoria GP Training colleagues: Julie Willems, Tim Clement, Elisabeth Wearne, Lisa Vandenberg, Neil Spike, Mark Rowe and Angelo D’Amore.

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No relevant disclosures.

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