Accreditation for General Practice is based on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practice. These standards are a tool for assessment and quality improvement in General Practices and are used by agencies (AGPAL & GPA Accreditation Plus) as part of the accreditation process.
To commence the process of gaining accreditation against the Standards, a general practice must 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.
There are two accreditation bodies for general practice.
GPA - Accreditation Plus
95-97 Sheridan Street, Gundagai NSW 2722
Ph: 1800 188 088
Fax: 1800 644 807
Consultation Process for Next Edition of the Standards
In order to ensure that the RACGP Standards for general practices remain relevant and reflect contemporary general practice, the RACGP has commenced the development of the next edition of the Standards.
The RACGP are hoping to engage as many stakeholders as possible in the development process, and have set up a range of ways to receive feedback (making submissions, completing questionnaires, providing verbal feedback, attending a workshop or sending a tweet).
To provide the RACGP with feedback visit their Standards Development website which provides all the details on how to do this.