Those involved in GP training often wear many different hats: among these is the nebulous role of pastoral carer to support the wellbeing of GP registrars. By sharing your experiences as providers and recipients of wellbeing support, we can identify strategies for improving guidance regarding the scope and responsibilities associated with this role.
This study involves a 10-15 minute online questionnaire, and, if you are interested, two optional follow-up surveys at 6-month intervals. Participants are invited to enter a draw for a $500 gift voucher.
If you are interested in participating, please read the Explanatory Statement and then go to the online questionnaire.
This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 35523).
According to GPSA’s national survey of its members, GP supervisors who feel well-supported in their workplace, avoid working when unwell, and practise self-care have lower levels of burnout and are more likely to remain in GP training for the next 5 years.
GPSA surveyed GP supervisors in March-April 2022 and found that over 70% of GP supervisors had high levels of burnout, which was associated with lower levels of engagement in selfcare activities (including professional support, professional development, life balance, cognitive awareness, and daily balance). Younger GP supervisors were at greater risk of burnout.
Working while unwell and the belief that selfcare/wellbeing could be better supported in the workplace predicted high levels of burnout. In contrast, GP supervisors who intended to supervise for the next 5 years and were engaged in professional development were much less likely to experience burnout.
Date reviewed: 11 April 2023