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Individual supervision plans

An employer or service may choose to submit a proposal for supervision that meets the requirements outlined by the Council for each international medical graduate’s application for registration, or when changing any employment circumstances or supervision arrangements. This applies while an international medical graduate is registered within a provisional general, provisional vocational, or special purpose scope of practice. The Council will consider the proposed supervision plan as part of the application process.

Outline of the supervision process for individual supervision plans
The individual supervision process is outlined below, as well as details to be included in an international medical graduate’s supervision plan.

1. Proposed primary supervisor
a) There should be a primary supervisor who is registered in the same vocational scope of practice and
works at the same site as the international medical graduate.

b) If there is no doctor registered in the same vocational scope available to provide this supervision on site, then a primary supervisor working in the same vocational scope as the international medical graduate must provide supervision from a neighbouring site (or a site where the majority of referrals are sent).

2. Additional supervisor
a) If the primary supervisor is on site and the service or primary care practice has only one doctor registered in the same vocational scope on site, then an additional supervisor must be proposed from a neighbouring site (or a site where referrals are sent). This supervisor must be registered within the same vocational scope.

b) If the primary supervisor is off site, then an additional supervisor must be proposed from the home site. They may be registered within a different vocational scope of practice.

When there is no doctor registered in the same vocational scope of practice working on site, the international medical graduate is required to work with their supervisor for a minimum period of 2–4 weeks. The Council will determine the period of time required, taking into account the individual factors of the application. The initial time spent together can take place at either the supervisor’s workplace or the international medical graduate’s workplace. In some circumstances, it may not be necessary for this time to be completed at the beginning, but rather sometime during the international medical graduate’s first 3 months.

c) If there are no other doctors on site, applications for registration and proposed supervision plans will be reviewed individually.

3. Induction and orientation
The proposed plan must include details of how induction and orientation will take place.

Supervision Reports (RP3) are required by the Council at least every 3 months, or each time an international medical graduate applies to change their scope of practice. The international medical graduate is responsible for ensuring reports are completed by their supervisor, signing them, and making sure they are sent to the Council on time. 

You can find the supervision reports on our forms page here

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