Early Safety Assessment in Australian General Practice Training


Dr Jill Benson AM  

Dr Emilie Pitter 

Prof Lambert Schuwirth 

Description of the study 

This study is part of the project entitled ‘Early Safety Assessment in Australian General Practice Training’. We will be investigating the perceptions of GP supervisors, Medical Educators and GP Registrars about Early Safety Assessments, their views and opinions of this assessment, and how it impacts on the safety of the registrar to practice in the community under supervision. In addition, the project will allow for comparisons between the perceptions of the registrars, supervisors and medical educators, and between how the ESA was run in South Australia and Western Australia over two semesters. This project is supported by the Prideaux Centre, Flinders University, GPEx and WAGPET. 

Purpose of the study 

This project aims to better understand the role of the Early Safety Assessment and whether GPEx and WAGPET have implemented an effective and safe method of flagging registrars in difficulty utilising existing assessments. This research will help guide future curriculum, assessment and flagging development both locally and nationally and aid better understanding how to make registrars safer when commencing general practice in the community. 

What will I be asked to do? 

You are invited to answer some online questions about the Early Safety Assessment. Participation is entirely voluntary. Answers will be collected from all participants, de-identified and analysed.  

What benefit will I gain from being involved in this study? 

The sharing of your experiences will help to tailor future safety assessments and how GPEx and WAGPET can better implement early assessments in general practice. You will be able to tell us how the assessments have impacted on training and how you feel that registrars could be better supported and assessed when commencing general practice training. 

Will I be identifiable by being involved in this study? 

We do not need your name and you will be anonymous. Any identifying information will be removed, and your comments will not be linked directly to you. All information and results obtained in this study will be stored in a secure way, with access restricted to relevant researchers. 

Are there any risks or discomforts if I am involved? 

The researcher anticipates few risks from your involvement in this study, however, given the nature of the project, some participants could experience emotional discomfort. If any emotional discomfort is experienced please contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 for support / counselling that may be accessed free of charge by all participants. If you have any concerns regarding anticipated or actual risks or discomforts, please raise them with the researcher. 

How do I agree to participate? 

Participation is voluntary. You may answer ‘no comment’ or refuse to answer any questions, and you are free to withdraw from the questionnaire at any time without effect or consequences. A consent form accompanies this information sheet. By clicking on the link to the questionnaire, you consent to be part of this research. If you prefer, you can choose to have a face-to-face or phone interview with Jill or Emilie. Please contact Michelle Pitot at Michelle.Pitot@gpex.com.au if you would like us to arrange this.  

How will I receive feedback? 

On project completion, outcomes of the project will be available from GPEx and WAGPET.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet, and we hope that you will accept our invitation to be involved. 


Being over the age of 18 years I hereby consent to participate as requested for the research project entitled ‘Early Safety Assessment in Australian General Practice Training’. 

  1. I have read the information provided. 
  1. I agree to recording of my information and participation.  

4.I am aware that I should retain a copy of the Information Sheet and Consent Form for future reference. 

5.I understand that:  

  • I may not directly benefit from taking part in this research. 
  • Participation is entirely voluntary and I am free to withdraw from the project at any time; and can decline to answer particular questions. 
  • The information gained in this study will be published as explained, and my participation will be anonymous and confidential.  
  • Whether I participate or not, or withdraw after participating, will have no effect on my progress in my course of study, or results gained. 
  • Whether or I participate or not, or withdraw after participating, will have no effect on my current employment. 


6.I understand that only the researchers on this project will have access to my research data and raw results; unless I explicitly provide consent for it to be shared with other parties. If the need to seek your consent to share your research data with other parties does arise, I will be contacted by the researchers via email.  

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee in South Australia (Project number 8512). For queries regarding the ethics approval of this project please contact the Executive Officer of the Committee via telephone on +61 8 8201 3116 or email human.researchethics@flinders.edu.au 

Updated on September 2, 2020

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