Accreditation is public recognition of achievement by a health care organisation in meeting the standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
The Practice Development Team provides assistance to general practices going through accreditation or re-accreditation through mock survey visits, phone support and resource provision. Advice is provided to practices on key aspects of accreditation including infection control and sterilization, cold chain management, triage and general practice policies and procedures.
The RACGP has developed the Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards) with the purpose of protecting patients from harm by improving the quality and safety of health services.
The Standards support general practices in identifying and addressing any gaps in their systems and processes.
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme supports the consistent assessment of Australian general practices against the Standards.
Under the scheme, general practices accessing the Department of Health’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP) or the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) must be assessed by an approved accrediting agency. Accreditation continues to be voluntary for general practices.