General Practice Accreditation is a voluntary process that practices undertake for many reasons:
• It's an opportunity for reflecting on practice policies and procedures to ensure they are in line with best practice principles and to identify areas for improvement
• It demonstrates to the practice team and to peers in the community that the practice is committed to providing services which are safe and of high quality
• It allows practices to participate in initiatives such as the Practice Incentive Program or 'PIP' which offers additional funding for accredited clinics around a range of services such as e-health, after hours services, quality improvement and chronic disease care and teaching medical students among several others.
The accreditation standards are set out by the RACGP in consultation with the General Practice sector and relevant peak bodies.
There are 2 agencies which can provide accreditation services for General Practices. These are:
GPA and AGPAL
One your practice registers with one of these agencies, you will be guided through a process of self-assessment and collection of documentation to demonstrate you meet all required criteria.
Once the practice is ready, GPA or AGPAL will send out representatives to visit the clinic and go through the different 'standards' with the practice team to ensure all requirements are met.