James Cook University (JCU) General Practice and Rural Medicine is proud to collaborate with a dedicated team of medical professionals who help train the next generation of General Practitioners (GPs) and Rural Generalists (RGs). Our team of GP supervisors and training posts ensure both students and registrars experience a breadth of clinical experience, providing a strong foundation for a career as a GP or RG.

Our network across northern and regional Queensland showcases what a career in regional, rural and remote Queensland can offer to our medical students and prepares registrars for fellowship exams, while ensuring they are ready for unsupervised clinical practice.

Become a supervisor

Supervisors work closely with registrars to help develop general practice knowledge and skills, enabling registrars to practice independently as a GP. Becoming a supervisor is a wonderful way to give back to the general practice profession, and to enhance your own clinical knowledge.

Supervisors have a unique and central role in general practice training. The ‘apprenticeship’ training model provides registrars with the support of dedicated and experienced clinicians who work in the same or similar clinical settings.

Supervisors develop strong working relationships with their registrars, and provide them with professional role modelling, teaching and mentoring. Supervisors facilitate a registrar’s progress in gaining clinical experience and competence, and help to ensure that the registrar has the breadth of clinical experience in order to successfully undertake fellowship exams and be ready for unsupervised clinical practice.

JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine supervisors are central to our General Practice training model of medical education, starting from medical student placements right through to achieving Fellowship. While providing vocational training in northern and regional Queensland, an area that comprises 90 percent of the state, JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine aims to support the provision of excellent clinical placements, with as much teaching and training as is appropriate, delivered as locally as possible.

How to become a GP Supervisor

Become a training practice

Becoming a GP training practice is a wonderful way to contribute to the development of a sustainable workforce, and to share your expertise with doctors undertaking their GP training or ignite a spark of passion in a medical student on their GP placement.

GP registrars undertake general practice terms/primary rural remote training terms in an accredited training practice as part of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.

Training practices are accredited by either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), depending on their location and the experience they can offer a registrar.

It is important that you are familiar with the training standards prior to starting the accreditation process. Please refer to the relevant college website for further information about the accreditation standards.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine training practice, please contact your local JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine office.

Practice support

Dr Chris Appleby is JCU General Practice and Rural Medicine's Practice Support Advisor. Dr Appleby is an experienced Practice Manager with strong ties to northern and regional Queensland and is available to support JCU training practices with questions or issues relating to the training and support of GP registrars. Contact Dr Appleby

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