Increasing the capacity of GP practices for workplace learning

During 2014 the Federal Government announced an increase in the number of General Practitioner training places for 2015, and is expected to continue to rising. Australian General Practitioner training is practice based and as a result practices may need to take on more General Practice Registrars. Tropical Medical Training a training organisation in Queensland needed to look at engaging with more General Practices in Northern Queensland. They were also interested in finding out how the teaching and learning takes place in different practices and what their teaching capacity was. Sprout Labs has been working with TMT to help solve this problem, which lead to a two staged project.


Stage 1: Research into GP capacity

TMT had already conducted a survey of the practice characteristics and Sprout Labs assisted in the data analysis. Sprout Labs conducted a literature review and interviewed a number of General Practitioner’s about their approaches to teaching within their practice.


Stage 2: Resource  - Why Teach

The second stage of the project was the development of online planning tool and resource.  The experience is organised around a series of six fictional case studies.



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    From the research we discovered one of most important factors for teaching was the motivations of the practice. The resource starts with statements about the benefits of why teaching was important to people involved.




    The user can answer several simple questions about their practice and are then directed to relevant case studies.

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    Six case studies were developed from the surveys, interviews and literature review.




    As the user is exploring the case studies they are asked to think about what aspects of the case study could be applied to their practice. They can choose these from list. These are then added the users “Model”.

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    TMT now have an engaging and effective resource to work with practices to increase teaching  capacity.



Who is Tropical Medical Training

Tropical Medical Training (TMT) is a General Practice training organisation based in Townsville. TMT supports General Practices and General Practice registrars throughout Northern Queensland. Sprout Labs has worked with Tropical Medical Training on several different projects.