Transition to the 5th edition

The 5th edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices is due to be released at the GP17 conference in October 2017.  Developed over a three-year period, and now highly anticipated, the new edition of the Standards is set to deliver significant changes.

With every new edition of the Standards, a period of transition occurs as practices continue to undergo accreditation. With the release of 5th edition in October 2017, all practices undergoing a final round of assessment against the 4th edition must achieve certification by October 31, 2018. For QPA clients, this means that your survey visit will need to be completed by July 31, 2018.

Up until November 1, 2017, practices can continue to register for assessment against 4th edition. This applies to clients seeking accreditation for the first time, and all practices that have current accreditation which expires in 2017 or 2018. From November 1, 2017, all practices registering for accreditation with QPA will be assessed against the 5th edition of the Standards.

If you are unsure of your options, or would just like to have a conversation about the Standards and the transition arrangements, please contact our Administration team on 1800 188 088.

Redesigning the Practice Incentive Program – Consultation

You may be aware that, in the Federal Budget of 2016 – 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would “work towards changing the PIP through a measure entitled Quality Improvement in General Practice – Simplification of the PIP.” This is very much in keeping with current directions in the general practice sphere (including the upcoming 5th edition of the Standards for general practices)┬áthat focus on driving quality outcomes.

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