Peer review (supervised practice)
You’re required to undertake peer review (supervised practice). It's a supportive process that:
- ensures your performance is comparable to Australian trained specialists
- helps you become familiar with the health system
- enables you to access CPD
- connects you with experienced physicians and possible mentors
We determine the nature of assessment and length of peer review (supervised practice), between 6 and 12 months, on a case-by-case basis.
In exceptional circumstances, a reduction
may be considered after you’ve practised in Australia in an appropriately
supervised environment for more than 6 months and satisfactory reports have been provided by
You’re responsible for securing a
suitable peer review (supervised practice) position. The position should:
- be at consultant physician level but at least at senior registrar level
- allow you to practise independently with a supervisor providing oversight and constructive feedback
- expose you to a full range of clinical activities required in your specialty so we can assess your safety and competence
- allow your supervisors to observe and assess your technical clinical skills and professional attributes described in the Professional Qualities Curriculum
- not be more than half-time in private practice
Positions are competitive so it may take some time to find an appropriate one. We cannot assist you in securing a position.
Choose your peer reviewers
You need at least 2 on-site supervisors who are registered consultants in the same subspecialty. Where only 1 on-site supervisor is in your
subspecialty, you must have a second on-site supervisor in a different
subspecialty and a third external supervisor in the relevant subspecialty.
At least 1 supervisor must have held Fellowship of the relevant RACP Division, Faculty or
Chapter for a minimum of 3 years. All other supervisors must have held
Fellowship of the relevant RACP Division, Faculty or Chapter for at least 12
Apply for peer review (supervised practice)
After you’ve secured a position, you need to:
- Submit a peer review application.
- Pay the workplace-based assessment annual fee.
Your Case Officer will provide you with these
documents when you need them.
We assess the role and responsibilities of the position and suitability of the supervisors before
Peer review (supervised practice) process
During peer review (supervised practice), your supervisors will:
- meet with you regularly
- support you
- orient you to specialist practice in Australia
- assess if you're operating at the level of an Australian trained specialist
They’ll provide us with regular reports on your progress. These reports will be shared with you.
You must meet the responsibilities for peer review (supervised practice).
Problems during peer review (supervised practice)
Most peer review relationships are effective and supportive. Occasionally, there can be disagreement between an OTP and supervisors.
You and your supervisors should make every effort to work together professionally to resolve issues, communication problems or disagreements in your regular meetings. Serious issues can be mediated through
human resources at your hospital.
Email your Case Officer at OTP@racp.edu.au if there
are issues and we’ll review arrangements and make changes if necessary. For
example, inform us if:
- you’re not having regular meetings
- a supervisor is not giving you feedback
- you can't reach agreement with a supervisor about
- the relationship is not effective
- your supervisors are not meeting their responsibilities
It’s more effective to raise these issues
early than to make a complaint after your peer review (supervised practice) reports are missing or
Through our RACP Support Program, Converge International provide a free, confidential and independent help line, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make an appointment or speak with a consultant by calling 1300 687 327 (Australia) or 0800 666 367 (Aotearoa New Zealand).