Advanced Training Supervision


Roles, responsibilities and how to apply

Changes to supervisory roles and responsibilities and a selection process will be introduced from December 2018 as part of the Supervisor Support Strategy.

Chapter and Divisional Advanced Training

Supervisor

A supervisor helps an advanced trainee plan their learning pathways by facilitating opportunities for teaching and learning.

To apply, a trainee must nominate you as their supervisor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and facilitate a trainee’s learning path.
  • Facilitate teaching and learning opportunities and the development of knowledge and skills.
  • Provide comprehensive and timely feedback on a trainee’s progress and achievement.
  • Provide leadership and support within the workplace.
  • Meet with a trainee a minimum of 4 times per year to help them develop, implement and review effective training plans.
  • Complete periodic supervisor reports.
  • Model exceptional clinical practice.
  • Report to the relevant RACP Education Committees.

Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine​ (AFOEM)

Supervisor

An AFOEM supervisor is a Faculty Fellow, endorsed by the Regional Training Program Director. An AFOEM supervisor provides an AFOEM trainee assistance with completion of their requirements for Fellowship.

Responsibilities

  • Provide quality time with the trainee to make recommendations on their training.
  • Provide comprehensive and timely feedback on a trainee’s progress and achievement (6-monthly Training Status Reports, 6-monthly review).
  • Advise a trainee on educational opportunities to improve clinical practice.
  • Attend regional training meetings (if their trainee is presenting).
  • Attend the Annual Training and Annual Scientific Meetings.
Where possible, trainees should have at least 2 supervisors (at different times) during their training program to promote a wider range of experiences for the trainee. Trainees should have regular contact with their supervisor – at least monthly, preferably fortnightly. 

Apply

A trainee must nominate you as their supervisor as part of their Annual Prospective Application for Advanced Training. 

If you're interested in being an AFOEM supervisor, you can contact the Regional Training Program Director.

Regional Training Program Director

The Regional Training Program Director (TPD) provides support to AFOEM trainees in a regional area.

If you're interested in becoming a Regional Training Program Director, email OccEnvMed@racp.edu.au

Responsibilities

  • Manage the operation of the training program within your region.
  • Provide information and advice to prospective trainees regarding prerequisites for entry to the training program.
  • Facilitate the endorsement of an Educational Supervisor for each trainee.
  • Review and endorse all trainees' 6-monthly report forms.
  • Provide post-examination guidance.
  • Liaise with the Faculty office regarding trainees.
  • Ensure awareness of changes to the training program.
  • Hold regular meetings with Educational Supervisors to review the trainee's progress.
  • Ensure that Educational Supervisors are aware of and fulfill their roles.
  • Encourage Educational Supervisors to attend the Annual Training Meeting and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Participate in Faculty Training Committee in Occupational and Environmental Medicine meetings and teleconferences.
  • Facilitate the Faculty's training objectives at the regional level.

Current Regional TPDs

Aotearoa New Zealand: Dr Rod Douglas, Dr Alexandra Muthu (Deputy)

New South Wales: Dr Nee Chen Khoo, Dr Maurice Harden (Deputy)

Queensland: Dr Kalesh Seevnarain

South Australia: Dr Isle-Marie Stockhoff

Victoria: Dr Robyn MacBeth, Dr Majid Rahgozar (Deputy)

Western Australia: Dr Steven Clarke, Dr Roger Lai (Deputy)

Defence Force/Military: Position vacant – contact your closest state TPD.

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)

Regional Education Coordinator

Responsibilities

  • Advise trainees and potential trainees of training opportunities in their state.
  • Discuss the choice of supervisor and mentor with trainees.
  • Review all applications and supervisor reports and present them to the regional committee.
  • Assist in remediation for trainees where appropriate.
  • Attend National Teaching and Learning Subcommittee meetings.
  • Inform regional committees of training matters.
  A senior AFPHM Fellow acts as Regional Education Coordinator in each region.

Current Regional Education Coordinators

Aotearoa New Zealand – Dr Phil Hider

Australian Capital Territory – Dr Clare King

New South Wales – vacant

Northern Territory – Dr Charles Douglas

Queensland – Dr Scott Kitchener

South Australia – Dr Robert Hall

Tasmania – Dr Scott McKeown

Victoria – Dr Simon Crouch

Western Australia – Dr Marisa Giles

Trainee Representative – Dr Priya Janagaraj

If you're interested in becoming a Regional Education Coordinator, email PublicHealth@racp.edu.au

Supervisor

AFPHM supervisors are directly responsible for overseeing all or some of the work of a Public Health Medicine trainee in the their place of employment.

Responsibilities

  • Consult with the Regional Education Coordinator to discuss a trainee’s supervision.
  • Liaise with a trainee to establish a learning plan.
  • Review a trainee's performance and provide constructive feedback and promote public health competencies.
  • Meet with a trainee regularly and make recommendations on their training.
  • Advise a trainee on educational opportunities to improve clinical practice.
  • Formally assess a trainee's performance over the period of training by completing a supervisor report at the end of the training year.

Apply

A trainee may have 1 supervisor who oversees all training activities or a number of supervisors that each oversee specific parts of their training program.

A trainee must nominate you as their supervisor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.

AFPHM supervisors are preferably AFPHM Fellows but they can also be a non-medical public health practitioner, a specialist in another field of medicine, or a scientist or researcher in a public health area.

If a trainee is unable to secure a supervisor who is an AFPHM Fellow, they must have an AFPHM supervisor as their co-supervisor.

Mentor

Role

A mentor advises an AFPHM trainee on the overall plan of their training program. Mentors should be AFPHM Fellows who are familiar with the work and career of the applicant and are able to serve as the applicant's adviser and role model.

A trainee should discuss the selection of an appropriate mentor with their Regional Education Coordinator.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure a trainee’s training program will provide them with a range of experiences and promote public health medicine competencies.
  • Sign a trainee’s application form to indicate they endorse the trainee's program plan.
  • Support a trainee if they encounter problems or difficulties with their training or assessment.
  • Provide advice to trainees, and if necessary, refer the matter to the Regional Education Coordinator.

Apply

A trainee must nominate you as their mentor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.

Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM)

Clinical Supervisor

Clinical supervisor's plan and facilitate a Rehabilitation Medicine trainee's training pathway and learning plan, assess and report on their training and provide feedback on their progress

To apply, you must:

Responsibilities

  • Assess and report on AFRM training.
  • Provide feedback on an AFRM trainee’s progress.
  • Plan and facilitate a trainee’s training pathway and learning plan.
  • Meet with a trainee fortnightly to review performance and provide constructive feedback to help them meet the competencies for rehabilitation medicine.

Mentor (optional)

A mentor supports an AFRM trainee throughout their Advanced Training in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Responsibilities

  • Support a trainee if they encounter problems or difficulties with their training or assessment.
  • Provide advice to trainees.

Apply

A trainee must nominate you as their mentor as part of their annual application for Advanced Training.
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