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.
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.
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.
The RACGP Standards for General Practices (the Standards) are a template for quality care and risk management in Australian general practice. The new RACGP Standards 5th edition were launched at the RACGP annual conference (GP17) in October 2017.
Practices undergoing accreditation are entitled to choose whether to be assessed against the fourth or fifth edition Standards until October 2018. From November 2018, accreditation against the 5th edition will be compulsory.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in collaboration with the RACGP, developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, which commenced on 1 January 2017. The Scheme aims to:
- provide greater choice for practices seeking accreditation
- improve support programs for implementation of accreditation
- provide practices with access to national data on accreditation performance and enable benchmarking.
From 1 July 2017, practices undergoing accreditation will need to ensure they use one of the approved accreditation agencies. Further information on the Scheme, including contact details of the approved agencies, is available here.
Accreditation resources and training