General Practice Accreditation
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) develop the Standards for General Practice. General Practices can obtain formal accreditation against these Standards from an independent accreditation agency. For more information see the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme.
To commence the process of gaining accreditation against the Standards, a general practice should choose an accreditation agency that will be able to talk them through this process, explain what is required and support them throughout the process. It normally takes a practice between 12 – 18 months to prepare for their accreditation surveyor visit.
Accreditation is a requirement to be eligible for the Australian Government Practice Incentives Program (PIP).
The RACGP released the fifth edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices in October 2017. Practices will still be able to use either the fourth or fifth edition Standards up to October 2018. From November 2018, all practices undergoing accreditation will be assessed against the fifth edition Standards.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Promotion of quality and safety of the standard of service provided to patients and the wider community
- Provides confidence to patients and/or consumers
- Reduction of business risk
- Education and engagement of staff in the provision of quality service
- The creation of a culture of quality
- A competitive advantage over practices/service providers who are not accredited
- Eligibility for access to the practice incentive program (PIP)
- QI and CPD points for each general practitioner participating in accreditation, and
- Compliance with regulatory requirements and national standards.
Brisbane South PHN can support you in gaining accreditation by:
- providing (capped) in-practice support to practices preparing for accreditation using the 5th Edition Standards
- sourcing relevant resources, including templates and guidelines
For more information contact your Area Account Manager.
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in collaboration with the RACGP, developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme, which commenced on 1 January 2017.
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme:
- provides greater choice for general practices seeking accreditation
- improves support programs for implementation of accreditation
- provides practices with access to national data on accreditation performance to enable benchmarking
From 1 July 2017, practices undergoing accreditation need to ensure they use one of the approved accreditation agencies within Australia. There are four accreditation agencies that general practices are able to choose from to gain accreditation against the Standards. The contact details of these accreditation agencies are:
AGPAL Group of Companies
Global Mark Pty Ltd
Quality Practice Accreditation
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
4th Edition Standards:
- 4th Edition Standards
- Patient Feedback
- RACGP Fact Sheets
- RACGP Infection Prevention and Control Standards
5th Edition Standards: