Three Health Centres Pass Accreditation

Three Health Centres Pass Accreditation

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Central Australia Health Centres Get The Big Tick For Quality

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles, was pleased to announce that the first three health centres to undergo accreditation have passed with flying colours.

“Territorians want and deserve access to high quality health services.” Minster Fyles said.

“Health centres at Yuendumu, Titjikala and Lake Nash have each received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating commitment to quality and safety within practice.”

“Accreditation is presented by the Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia.”

“This is a major achievement for any health centre and a clear demonstration that staff members are striving to improve the level of care to both patients and the community.” Minster Fyles said.

To gain accreditation, a dedicated team comprising of staff members located in the health centres, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek worked to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, which is the recognised national standard to provide a template for quality care and risk management.

“Health centres must have an extensive on-site review by a team of AGPAL GP Surveyors and Co-surveyors and staff members must demonstrate how they meet all the standards and criteria set by the RACGP.” Minister Fyles said.

“On-site survey and accreditation provides a mechanism to demonstrate to patients and the community that its services are safe and of high quality, that it has effective systems for important areas, such as risk management, and that it is actively committed to quality improvement.”

“These were the first of our 28 health centres to apply for accreditation under AGPAL so to have full accreditation awarded on the first round is very impressive.”

“Next three health centres to apply will be Finke, Hermannsburg and Ali Curung, and over the next year the goal is for all of the Central Australia Health Service health centres to be accredited.” Minister Fyles said.

AGPAL is an independent organisation, governed by a board that includes general practitioners, practice manager and consumer representatives from around Australia. AGPAL assesses practices against Standards set by the RACGP.