AMA submission to ACSQHC on General Practice Accreditation Scheme
The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), in response to a 2010/11 Australian National Audit Office recommendation that the Department of Health needed to be able to inform itself about the quality of general practice accreditation, has been working on the development of a model to support national coordination of the processes for the accreditation of general practices.
The AMA supports a profession led model for general practice accreditation and is concerned that the Commission's proposed model potentially undermines this broadly accepted approach. Our submission outlines a number of concerns related to:
- an expansion in scope beyond measuring the quality of accreditation assessment processes and reporting;
- the inequity and inappropriateness of a 'one size fits all' model in assessing practices for accreditation;
- no measure for ensuring assessors understanding of general practice and competency; and
- lack of clarity around accreditation data collection
A copy of the ACSQHC consultation paper is also attached for your information.