Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision

$44/per user

12 months access

What you will learn

This is the first in three clinical supervision courses developed by SA Health.

In this course, you will have the opportunity to think about your own role as a supervisor or supervisee and how you can enhance the supervision relationship.

Quality clinical supervision in health care is underpinned by an effective relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee. The goals of clinical supervision are to facilitate the personal and professional development of the supervisee and, through this support, the provision of quality services to clients. Supervision works best when there is a clearly defined two-way relationship, underpinned by sound processes and practices that lead to positive growth in learning and reflection.

A range of strategies and ideas for supervision will be explored in this course. You may like to take one or two away to try in your own practice — it is not necessary that you use every strategy or method discussed in the course. You might like to discuss them with your own supervisor or manager or make some notes to refer to in your own practice.


If you are new to supervision, have never had any formal training in being a clinical supervisor or tools in this course are unfamiliar to you, it is recommended that you complete this course first.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the clinical supervision process
  • explain the reflective practice model of clinical supervision
  • identify strategies that build an effective clinical supervision relationship.

About this course


The course will take approximately one hour to complete.


On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.


This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.


This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standards 1 & 6.

Clinical Governance Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked


SA Health Clinical Supervision Framework

Foundations to supervision – WA Country Health Service, Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, 2009.

This link provides information and activities around exploring your cultural awareness.

Complete the learning style questionnaire to find out about your learning style. Share the results with your supervisor to assist them to better meet your needs within supervision sessions

Supervision agreement in CS framework

Meet and Greet conversations prompt sheet in CS framework

Supervision Notes proforma

Supervision log

Kolb proforma to print off for own use

Evaluation tool


Course Sponsors

This course was funded by the SA Health Allied and Scientific Health Office and Country Health SA Local Health Network. It was prepared by the Country Health SA Local Health Network in partnership with other SA Health staff and the Centre for Education and Training, Women's and Children's Health Network.

Course development

The development of this course was a collaborative effort. Contributors across SA Health include:

SA Health Allied and Scientific Office
Catherine Turnbull – Chief Allied and Scientific Health Advisor
Tracey Kroon – Senior Project Manager

Country Health Local Health Network
Tanya Lehmann – Principal Consultant Allied Health
Kelly Schulze – Senior Clinical Educator, Occupational Therapy
Fiona Murray – Advanced Clinical Lead, Podiatry
Michele Banks – Advanced Clinical Lead, Mental Health Social Work
Brooke Packham – Clinical Senior Psychologist
Adrian Leet – Advanced Clinical Lead, Mental Health Occupational Therapy
Brett Webster – Advanced Clinical Lead, Occupational Therapy

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Samantha Kruger – Director, Clinical Services, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Flinders Medical Centre

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
Anna Brennan – Physiotherapy Department Head, Lyell McEwin Hospital

Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Vicki Hume – Director Allied Health, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and Primary Health Care

Women's and Children's Health Network
Heather Baron – Regional Allied Health Director
Staff from Pharmacy, Women's Health and Aboriginal Liaison Services

Centre for Education and Training, Women's and Children's Health Network
Alison Russell – Director
Alison Dymmott – Content Developer
Digital Media Team – Development of e-learning courses
Artist Made Productions Team – Development of videos and scenarios

Clinical Supervision Content Working Party and Steering Committee
Special thanks to the staff involved in the Content Development Working Party and the Steering Committee for their expert advice.

Course structure