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Measuring the quality of GP training

ACER is supporting continuous improvement in general practice vocational education and training.

ACER’s work with General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) is measuring the satisfaction of general practice (GP) registrars with their education and training, training providers, and career progression.

ACER has developed the Registrar Satisfaction Survey with GPET in close consultation with the 17 providers of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program and with key stakeholders including the General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) Advisory Council.

Following preliminary data analyses ACER and GPET are identifying patterns and trends to follow-up through focus groups. The focus group work will enable more detailed investigation of areas of GP vocational education and training, training provision and career progression that statistical analyses spotlight as illustrating good or innovative practice, or as quality risk.

Results from the focus groups will augment the reports by providing detail on what GP registrars actually think about their training, and first-hand impressions of their thoughts and feelings. The focus groups will help ACER and GPET test complex ideas by probing registrars’ responses and explore their reactions to facets of training quality.

In addition to the project report, ACER will provide the 17 Regional Training Providers of the AGPT program with a detailed report to assist with continuous improvement, as well as national data sets and data sets specific to the regional training providers. ■

Find out more:
Additional information about the Registrar Satisfaction Survey can be found at < www.acer.edu.au/rss >
Additional information about GPET and the AGPT program can be found at < www.gpet.com.au >

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