AMA Submission in response to the Draft RACGP Standards for General Practices (5th edition)

30 Mar 2016

The AMA has provided a submission to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Draft Standards for General Practices (5th edition) which will help inform the development of the next version of Standards, due to be released in 2017.

In its submission to the College, the AMA stressed the importance of appropriate guidance and resources being provided to the accreditation bodies, the importance of the Standards retaining comprehensive notes, where required, to assist practices to determine how they will meet the Standards, and the importance of always bearing in mind the costs associated with meeting the Standards. The AMA also made suggestions on a number of criteria around issues such as their clarity, focus and practical application.

The College intends the proposed standards to have a greater focus on outcomes and patients, instead of prescribed processes, compared to the current 4thedition, and to provide greater flexibility to practices as to how to meet the criteria. The current draft version has eliminated 18 Indicators from the current 4th edition, by removing duplication and merging Indicators that shared a similar theme.