A/Prof Paula Heggarty is the Principal Medical Educator for the JCU GP Training program and also the assessment coordinator for Year 4 in the College of Medicine and Dentistry.

She holds responsibility for strategic leadership of the JCU GP education program and curriculum development. She is the chair of the Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Training Assistance and Monitoring Committee for JCU GP Training.

Her main interest is development of learning and teaching resources including online learning modules and systems within the GP training program. Clinical reasoning, general practice simulation clinics and formative assessment are other areas of special focus. Her current research interests include evaluation of workbased assessment in medical education and evaluation of patient safety strategies in GP training.

She was awarded a JCU and a National award from the Office of Learning and teaching in 2014 for Outstanding Contribution to student learning.

She also focuses to strengthen collaboration within General Practice including Primary Health Networks, the RACGP, and ACRRM.

Paula remains a clinician and works as a GP in Townsville.

  • PC6100: Professional Practice for Pharmacists 1 (Level 6; TSV)
  • Assessment and learning support
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Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Educational Research Grant

Registrar onboarding in general practice: exploring the views and experiences of GP registrars, GP Supervisors and practice managers.

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$27,836 over 1 year (administered by General Practice Training Queensland)
The RACGP Standards for general practice training (3rd Edition) provide the requirements expected of general practice training posts, GP Supervisors, and training providers. Standard 2.2 includes that "the registrar has a structured induction to the practice that includes information about systems, resources, support and context," and that the supervision team or supervisor has a documented orientation plan for registrars.1 These Standards also require that the registrar is adequately prepared to participate fully in the operations and scope of practice in the training post, and that orientating registrars to practice placements is defined as a responsibility of supervisors.1 The Medical Board of Australia's 2020 Medical Training Survey Queensland report found only two-thirds {67%) of Queensland doctors-in-training received a formal orientation in their current workplace, and whilst three quarters of the respondents reported a good /excellent quality of their orientation, approximately one in five (22%) rated the quality of their orientation as average and 3% the quality as poor or terrible.2 This was in keeping with national figures.
Lawrie McArthur, Paula Heggarty and Kara Freestun (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Medical Education; General Practitioners; Primary Health Care; Rural And Remote Health

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