'Critical shortage' of GP supervisors looms

In their first formal meeting, the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and the National General Practice Supervisors Association (NGPSA) met last Friday and agreed to collaborate on creating a new training model.

The talks come in response to the government’s continued increase of GP training places, with 1138 registrars due to commence their GP training this year.

In October last year, MO reported the findings of an NGPSA survey which revealed a third of GP supervisors were not interested in training first-year registrars during the next 3–5 years, citing inadequate remuneration.

“The NGPSA is keen on creating a model that will ensure support for registrars to become medical educators as well as supervisors,” GPRA chairperson Edward Vergara told MO.

NGPSA chairwoman Dr Trish Baker said the meeting aimed to discuss ways to improve training and teaching