Supervisor Professional Development Program

The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a high-quality training program for final year Advanced Trainees and Fellows* who supervise trainees in RACP-accredited positions.

*Overseas Trained Physicians (OTPs) who are actively completing requirements for specialist registration are also welcome to complete SPDP in preparation for supervision in the future.

Workshop registration

You can choose any order to complete all 3 SPDP workshops via online forums, face-to-face or virtually.


Requirements to become an RACP approved supervisor

To be an RACP Approved Supervisor:

  • All DPEs, Training Program Directors, Advanced Training (AT) Supervisors and Education Supervisors must complete SPDP 3 by end of 2022.
  • All DPEs, Training Program Directors, AT Supervisors and Education Supervisors must complete (or be exempt from) SPDP 1 and 2 in line with their accreditation cycle.
  • Rotational Supervisors (RS) / Ward Service Assistants (WSA) are only required to complete SPDP 3 (non-member RS/WSA are encouraged to complete SPDP 3 but there is no requirement).

After completing the SPDP 3 workshop and prior to achieving Approved status, supervisors will be referred to as Provisionally Approved.

SPDP 1 | Educational Leadership and Management

Educational and leadership management incorporates the overarching themes of developing trainee expertise and using coaching techniques to improve feedback practice.

This workshop focuses on delivering feedback using 2 frameworks, the GROW model and the 4 areas of feedback. By using these models, supervisors can facilitate change and growth in trainees towards expert performance.

  • Demonstrate strong educational leadership.
  • Plan and manage for effective supervision.
  • Advocate for enhanced support for trainees.
  • Self-reflect on supervisory performance.

SPDP 1 booklet

SPDP 2 | Learning Environment and Culture

Learning environment and culture provides a range of teaching strategies to manage and overcome challenges supervisors face in a complex healthcare setting. These strategies include planning for learning, differentiated instructions for multi-level groups, and using teaching techniques such as questioning.

This workshop explores some cultural aspects that may impact on learning, including the hidden curriculum, tribalism and the need for effective role modelling.

  • Understand how to establish an effective learning environment.
  • Recognise the importance of planning for learning.
  • Define and model professional behaviour.
  • Optimise opportunities for learning.

SPDP 2 booklet

SPDP 3 | Teaching and Facilitating Learning for Safe Practice

Teaching and facilitating learning for safe practice is a complex and necessary part of physician training. The challenges of undertaking work-based learning and assessment along with the complexities of the healthcare environment are many and varied.

This workshop offers techniques and solutions to these challenges that will help supervisors in their vital role.

  • Use safe and effective work-based assessments/activities to guide learning.
  • Make evidence-based assessment on trainee performance.
  • Use evidence-based tools to improve supervisory practice.

SPDP 3 booklet

AFOEM and AFPHM workshop booklets

SPDP is a 'Category 2: Reviewing Performance' activity in the 2020 MyCPD Framework. You earn 3 CPD credits per hour.

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