Northern Territory PHN Support
Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) can support your practice to undertake accreditation or re-accreditation in the following ways:
- provision of sample policies, procedures and documents
- assistance with self-assessment software
- assistance with online self-assessment
- advise on costs involved.
These services are provided free of charge to NT practices.
What is General Practice Accreditation?
In the early 1990′s, it was proposed by government and professional organisations that an independent and voluntary system of practice accreditation be established to promote quality care in general practices.
Continuous quality improvement acknowledges the need for primary health care providers to continually improve, upgrade and monitor services the practice provides to ultimately produce better health outcomes for patients.
General practices are assessed for accreditation against the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) standards for general practices.
The Benefits of completing accreditation are:
- improved patient care and health outcomes
- reduction in practice risk
- improved practice efficiency
- insurance providers recognition
- access to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP).
There are two recognised accreditation bodies in Australia that practices may choose to register with for accreditation.
Both organisations use a system of peer review, provide access to resources and charge a fee for registering.
Alternate Accreditation Resources
- RACGP Standards for General Practice (4th edition) 2010
- RACGP Computer Security Standards (2nd edition)
- Interpretive guide to the RACGP Standards for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service
- RACGP infection control standards for office-based practices
- Patient Feedback
- Australian Human Resources Institute
- Fair Work Ombudsman
- National Employment Standards (NES)