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Supporting Physicians' Professionalism and Performance (SPPP)


Calling all quality and clinical practice improvement experts!


Supporting Physicians' Professionalism and Performance (SPPP) and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Units are considering how to provide members with CPD opportunities across the various SPPP domains of professionalism.

We are seeking input from members to develop a list of current resources that provide learning opportunities in quality improvement (QI) or clinical practice improvement (CPI). We wish to identify existing opportunities and how they can support the broad membership of the College via continuing professional development in the areas of professionalism.

We are keen to hear from you about programs that you know of, or have undertaken in the areas of QI or CPI. Examples include a short course in your workplace, or a major program undertaken within the context of formal postgraduate training.

Please email details to SPPP via, outlining (if possible):

  • The name of the program
  • Nature of the program ( short course / Masters program / other program)
  • Where, when, and in what form it is delivered
  • Key contact ( if known)
  • Whether you think the program would be appropriate as CPD for members of RACP


  • In the short term, to provide a list of appropriate QI/CPI resources via the College website.
  • In the longer term, to convene a working group to further explore QI/CPI learning needs, in particular the capacity for the College to provide learning opportunities in these areas. We would be grateful if you could indicate if you are interested in being involved in such a working group.

For further information please contact Fiona Hilton, SPPP Project Manager at or on +61 3 9927 7708.


Quick Links

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SPPP Guide

SPPP Video and Resources

Self Reflection, SPPP & CPD

Past Presentations

Latest News

External links

Professionalism Survey - we want to hear from you!


About the SPPP Guide

The Supporting Physicians' Professionalism and Performance (SPPP) framework is designed to add to the College's Professional Qualities Curriculum by helping Fellows and trainees reflect on their practice and performance and to identify areas of strength as well as opportunities for learning and professional development.

The SPPP Guide outlines ten core domains which together aim to describe what it means to be a "good doctor". The central component of this framework is medical expertise, which reflects the specific knowledge and skills of our chosen specialty area.

The SPPP Guide is primarily a self reflection tool for use by individuals to help them understand their own performance. Although there may be many ways to use this framework, we anticipate most will use it to plan their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.

Fellows and trainees may also utilise the SPPP Guide to improve their relationships with patients, colleagues and/or organisations. In some situations the SPPP framework may form the basis of discussions between colleagues or be used to contribute to an organisational performance development conversation.

Latest News

Self-Awareness and Self-Care Key to Emotional and Physicial Health Dr Susannah Ward (RACP News, August 2014)
Health of Doctors - Where's the Problem Dr David Beaumont (RACP News, August 2014)
Performance Appraisal: Could this be a cornerstone of physician revalidation? Dr Maria Paul (RACP News, August 2014)
Change Requires Effective Clinical Leadership Dr Geoff Green & Dr Helen Kenealy (RACP News, August 2014)
Clinical Leadership Needs Good "Followership" Dr Guy Vautier (RACP News, June 2014)
Translating the Professional Qualities Curriculum for Trainees Dr Hannah McGinness (RACP News, April 2014)
Professional boundaries and compassion
Emeritus Professor Kim Oates (RACP News, February 2014)
The art of communication - for our trainees Dr Margaret Wilshire (RACP News, February 2014)
Making life decisions and transitions - the benefits of coaching Dr Tara Brown (RACP News, February 2014)
A call for leadership to improve patient care Dr Sarah Dalton (RACP News, February 2014)
Narrative Medicine – the story as a framework for reflection Dr Beres Joyner (RACP News, December 2013)
Being a good doctor – a trainee’s perspective Dr Mandy Fletcher (RACP News, December 2013)
Measuring Medical Professionalism Dr Maria Paul (RACP News, August 2013)
Blogging & Mircoblogging for Reflective Learning Dr Winston Liauw (RACP News, August 2013
Launch of the SPPP video / Fellows and Trainees share their stories at Congress SPPP Project Manager (RACP News, June 2013) 
Reflecting on reflection: deep learning or medical narcissism? Dr Matthew Links (RACP News, April 2013)
Reflecting on career changes - professionalism takes many forms A/Prof Grant Phelps (RACP News, December 2012)
Managing poorly performing doctors Dr Nicki Murdock (RACP News, December 2012)
Commitment to the public good / Improving professionalism in a health service Dr Justin Beardsley & Dr Sheila Cook (RACP News, October 2012)
Developing the essential qualities physicians bring to their daily work SPPP Project Manager (RACP News, August 2012)
Revised interpretation of definition of medical practice / SPPP Guide Launch at Congress 2012 RACP Dean & SPPP Project Manager (RACP News, June 2012)
Consensus Statement - Medical Professionalism (RACP News, April 2012)
Update SPPP Pilot Study Dr Sarah Dalton & A/Prof Grant Phelps (RACP News, February 2012)
Board approves SPPP Guide Dr Sarah Dalton & A/Prof Grant Phelps (RACP News, December 2011)
SPPP - what's in it for me? Dr Sarah Dalton (RACP News, October 2011)
SPPP Article - RACP News, April 2011
SPPP Article - RACP News, February, 2011
SPPP Article - RACP News, December, 2010
SPPP Article - RACP News, June, 2010

This website will continually be updated with the latest news regarding the project. Should you have any other questions please contact

    The development of the SPPP Guide was partly funded by the MIIAA.

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