Russell Kennedy (Melbourne/Sydney): General Practice Accreditation Scheme on hold

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (Commission) has made an announcement regarding changes to the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme (Scheme) in response to COVID-19.

The Scheme has been changed effective immediately to assist general practices and to ensure compliance with social distancing measures. The changes mean that:

  • the accreditation status of general practices will be maintained during the response phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed moving into the recovery phase;
  • general practices that have completed onsite assessment, are in the remediation phase of their assessment cycle, and require further onsite assessment will not be assessed until the recovery phase commences; and
  • re-introduction of onsite assessment will take into account lead-time for planning and preparation of assessments.

General practices are not required to take any action as the changes are administrative in nature. General practices are still required to continue implementing the RACGP Standards for general practices to ensure continued safe and quality care for patients.

Learn more on the Commission’s website here.

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