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The RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) are designed to keep Australian general practice at the heart of an effective and efficient Australian health care system. The Standards are based on a framework of good governance - a framework which ultimately makes all members of the general practice team accountable for patient safety and high quality clinical care.

A free PDF version of the RACGP Standards for general practices (4th edition) is available.

The second draft of the 5th edition Standards is now available for review: They will be launched in October 2017.

There are 2 companies which survey practices for accreditation:-

   GPA Accreditation plus
  • Phone: 1800 188 088, Fax: 1800 644 807
  • GPA Acceditation Plus is an independant program which is providing additional benefits to General Practices through competition and innovation.
  • GPA Accreditation Plus is itself accredited with JAS-ANZ and is run by medical practitioners
  • QPA, Quality Practice Accreditation
  • Ph: 1300 362 111, Fax:1300 362 110
  • AGPAL is a not for profit organisation governed by the medical profession through its member organisations.
  • AGPAL is committed to innovation and assisting practices in achieve accreditation to provide safer outcomes for patients.
  • AGPAL offers a range of value-added products and services designed to provide ongoing support to clients
  • QIP, Quality in Practice

Accreditation & the PIP (Practice Incentives Program)
History of PIP
  • Practice Incentives Program (PIP) was developed to provide incentives that encourage general practices to improve the quality of care provided to patients.
  • Access to the PIP is available only to practices that are fully accredited, or new practices that are registered for accreditation and must be fully accredited within 12 months of joining.
  • PIP payments are mainly dependent on practice size, in terms of patients seen. The basis for the PIP payment formula was developed in consultation with the General Practice Financing Group (GPFG).
  • The GPFG is a negotiating body comprising the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian Medical Association, Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Australian Divisions of General Practice, and the Australian Government. [further details]
  • The PIP aims to recognise general practices that provide comprehensive, quality care, and which are either accredited or working towards accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' (RACGP) Standards for General Practices.


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