Supervision, Mentoring and Tutoring

Throughout training, trainees progress through a series of rotations/ terms/ posts which last between three and six months. These are intended to provide a broad range of experiences in all clinical areas. The majority of these posts are in public hospitals however, training may also take place in private settings. The Trainee takes on progressively greater responsibility, consistent with individual growth in clinical experience, knowledge and skill throughout their training.

For educational resources relating to Trainees and Fellows, please visit the Membership Services section.


There are a number of College Fellows involved in learning and teaching in the Vocational Training Program. This team includes the Director of Training, the Term Supervisor and Clinical Tutors in each network.

Director of Training (DOT)

The Director of Training (DoT) is a Fellow appointed by the College to manage the training network, working in cooperation with the regional QEC Chair, College managers and network hospital administrators. The DoT assists the post Term Supervisor, charts the progress and performance of each trainee, establishes processes to identify early any trainee performance that needs extra support and develops and implements a development plan, and ensures that each trainee is given accurate and comprehensive feedback on their performance.

New Zealand -  Dr Kenneth Chan

Prince of Wales Hospital - Dr Leanne Cheung

Queensland - Dr Sunil Warrier

Sydney Eye Hospital  - Basic Trainees - Dr Rob McDonald

                                      - Advanced Trainees - Dr Con Petsoglou

South Australia - Dr Kathryn Billing

Victoria - Dr Jacqueline Beltz

Western Australia - Dr Andrea Ang

Term Supervisor

The Term Supervisor for each training post works with their team of Clinical Tutors and more broadly with the Regional QEC Chair, Director of Training and College managers to identify and document trainee progress in relation to the College Clinical Curriculum Performance Standards. During the rotation, Term Supervisors meet with the trainee to plan their learning and development. At the end of every rotation, the Term Supervisor consults with the Clinical Tutors on the trainee’s progress and feedback is given to the trainee. This is then recorded on the Term Supervisor's Assessment of Trainee form form which the trainee sends to the College.

Clinical Tutor 

The Clinical Tutor holds a hospital appointment and facilitates the trainee’s professional and personal development, whilst ensuring safe and appropriate care for patients, according to the College's performance standards. There is usually more than one Clinical Tutor during each term. 

The primary role of the Clinical Tutor is to deliver education, training and work-based assessment to trainees. Clinical Tutors play an important role by alerting the Term Supervisor to any factors likely to adversely affect a trainee’s performance and assessment.

In most cases a Clinical Tutor is a RANZCO Fellow. On occasion a Fellow of another Australasian medical college in a related subspecialty field may be appointed as a Clinical Tutor by the QEC.


In order to support clinical tutors and Term Supervisors the College has produced this handbook which contains important information that will help them provide excellent educational experiences for trainees and enable them to play an important part in the system to maximum effect. This handbook explains the role of a trainer and assessor in this system, how to make teaching more effective, the work based assessment process and reporting requirements, and the development process for trainees that are in difficulty.


The College mentoring program provides support to trainees. Each new trainee is matched with a mentor whose role is to provide regular guidance and support throughout the training program. This may cover such issues as time management, clinical problems, and developing satisfactory collegial/professional relationships.

There is a mentor coordinator in each network who helps match trainees to mentors, and supports both groups as required.

New South Wales - Dr Anne Lee

New Zealand -  Dr Robin Jones

Queensland - Dr Sonia Yuen

South Australia - Dr Kathryn Billing

Victoria - Dr Elsie Chan

Western Australia - Dr Anita Tandon


The mentoring program is a service offered to trainees. This handbook helps to define the process and roles of all those involved in the mentor program. It also gives some helpful explanations of the behaviours and processes that make the relationships productive and developmental for all parties.

For further information or to register as a mentor, please contact the College at ranzco@ranzco.edu.