About

Dr Paula Heggarty is the principal medical educator in JCU GP Training and the assessment coordinator for year 4 in the College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Paula holds responsibility for strategic leadership of the education program and curriculum development. She is also 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.

She was awarded 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.

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Teaching
  • Assessment and learning support
Research Disciplines
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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.

Indicative Funding
$13,918 over 1 year
Summary
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.
Investigators
Lawrie McArthur, Emma Anderson and Paula Heggarty (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Medical Education; General Practitioners; Primary Health Care; Rural and remote health

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners - Educational Research Grant

Becoming a general practitioner/rural generalist supervisor: registrars? and new fellows? perceptions of the incentives, enablers and barriers.

Indicative Funding
$13,918 over 1 year
Summary
The apprenticeship model of learning, which involves a GP supervisor mentoring and teaching registrars whilst ensuring patient and registrar safety, is the foundation of General Practice training in Australia. The need for GP supervisors is increasing due to an expansion of medical graduates and general practice training positions, the trend in medical education towards workplace-based learning, and targeted Australian Government policies aiming to grow and better distribute the general practice workforce. Moreover, a large proportion of existing experienced GP supervisors are approaching retirement age. An adequate supply of GP Supervisors is fundamental to recruiting and retaining GPs in a practice (particularly in smaller and remote communities) and is a critical component of a high-quality primary health care workforce. Recruitment and retention of GP supervisors is a challenge experienced by all Regional Training Organisations (RTOs), especially in rural and remote areas. RTOs currently adopt a range of strategies to support the recruitment and retention of GP Supervisors (refer also to environmental scan) however it is unknown whether these strategies or other strategies are seen as incentives or enablers to the group of GPs who will become future supervisors.
Investigators
Lawrie McArthur, Emma Anderson and Paula Heggarty (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Medical Education; General Practitioners
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