SIMGs on the Specialist Pathway must have an ACRRM approved supervisor throughout the duration of the pathway. A Supervisor's role is primarily to provide guidance and feedback on matters of personal, professional and educational development in the context of the SIMG's experience in providing safe and appropriate patient care.

It is important to find the right balance in the level of supervision ensuring the SIMG will be supporting in a capacity for a minimum of level 3 supervision. Instead of specifying a minimum number of hours of face-to-face time, the supervisor is responsible for negotiating a suitable arrangement with the SIMG of time, commitment and frequency.

This would include the ability to identify a SIMG's strengths and weaknesses in particular clinical situations, in order to maximise patient safety.

The definition of level three (3) supervision is:

The IMG takes primary responsibility for each individual patient.

  1. The supervisor must ensure that there are mechanisms in place for monitoring whether the IMGs is practising safely.
  2. The IMG is permitted to work alone provided that the supervisor is contactable by phone or video link.

See Medical Board guidelines for further information.

The minimum requirements for a Specialist Pathway Supervisor are:

  • 5 years GP experience
  • Practicing in the same State as the Specialist Pathway Doctor being supervised


  • Medical Education background
  • Previous experience in supervision or mentoring
  • Previous experience working with International Medical Graduates

Supervisor Role and Responsibilities

A supervisor's responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking responsibility for the overall clinical and educational supervision of the SIMG's experience in the practice or post
  • Monitoring the SIMG's performance against their Learning Plan
  • Being accessible and available to the SIMG
  • Providing appraisal and assessment of the SIMG in accordance with their stage of learning
  • Participating in appropriate supervisor training and assessor training activities
  • Assisting the SIMG to grow and develop their skills and assisting the SIMG to identify learning goals
  • Share professional knowledge and skills
  • Helping prepare the SIMG for their fellowship assessments
  • Supporting the SIMG towards Fellowship
  • Providing orientation to Australian health care and support systems
  • Providing ACRRM with quarterly supervisor reports
  • Providing advice on practicing in the Australian rural and remote context
  • Assisting the SIMG in local cultural adaptation