One size does not fit all when it comes to standards: Australian Medicine
Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, Dr Richard Kidd, writes in this month’s edition of Australian Medicine about the AMA’s concerns over the increasing encroachment by the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care into general practice standards and accreditation.
In his column, Dr Kidd writes that the Commission is trying to impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to standards that is not appropriate for general practice, which already has a profession-led, uniquely tailored system of standards and accreditation that serves GPs and patients very well. He raises questions regarding the intentions of ACSQHC and the future direction of general practice accreditation.
Other topics in Australian Medicine include:
- the AMA President’s account of the 206th Council Session of the World Medical Association in Zambia last month;
- a discussion by the AMA Vice President on developments with the My Health Record;
- AMA advocacy on generic prescribing;
- the new No Jab No Pay measure; and
- an article on the Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia;