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Accreditation Adelaide PHN - An Australian Government Initiative


The Adelaide PHN fully supports and promotes the Accreditation of General Practice. 

Accreditation is independent recognition that a general practice is committed to delivering high quality, safe and effective health care.  General practices are assessed for accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practice (4th Edition).

Benefits of Accreditation include:

  • Improving patient safety and overall health outcomes
  • Reducing risk in practice
  • Improving practice efficiency
  • Improving practice environment
  • Accreditation is a requirement to be eligible for the Australian Government Practice Incentives Program (PIP).
  • Helps to build a culture of quality within a general practice
  • Provides assurance that your practice is up to date with current trends and best practices.

RACGP Standards

All Australian general practices, after hours’ services, medical deputising services and Aboriginal health services must adequately meet the RACGP Standards for general practices to maintain a current accreditation status.

Accreditation Resources

The RACGP Standards for General Practices (4th Edition) are a template for quality care and risk management in Australian general practice.  They are used as a tool for assessment and quality improvement in general practices.   

Draft RACGP Standards for General Practices (5th Edition) are available for comment until September 2016 and will be launched in October 2017.

Accreditation Bodies

There are two independent organisations that help general practice to gain accreditation. In order to assist practices to prepare for the accreditation survey visit, both accreditation bodies provide support, self-assessments, templates, resources checklists and even web-based training. 

Accreditation resources and training