Local practice receives top accreditation honour

Lower Gulf communities received a further health boost today when Gulf Health Services – North and West Remote Health was awarded Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) accreditation, demonstrating the quality and safety of the practice.

Evaluating the quality and safety of care for more than 80% of general practices throughout Australia AGPAL accreditation is achieved through an extensive on-site review by a team of AGPAL peer surveyors.

Evaluating the practice against standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Gulf Health Services – North and West Remote Health received the top honour with pride and as a testament to their devotion to the health and wellbeing of rural and remote communities.

“Achieving AGPAL accreditation is a testament to our Practice Team at Gulf Health Services; with every member playing a valuable role in meeting the standards” said Phil Barwick, Board Chair for North and West Remote Health.

“Covering everything from the safe and lawful use of practice equipment through to accessibility and availability of medical care including after-hours and emergency care accreditation was only attainable through cooperation and communication between our staff members.”

When asked why accreditation was sought Mr Barwick noted “We want to communicate to our patients that their wellbeing is our top priority. By being accredited, our patients know we are committed to providing quality care that meets the RACGP’s standards.”

AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong added the accreditation award showed that the Gulf Health Services practice makes a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.

“Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and it is a clear demonstration that Gulf Health Services – North and West Remote Health is seeking to improve their level of service to both patients and the community,” he said.

The AGPAL accreditation program was developed jointly by AGPAL and various doctor’s organisations. It is a voluntary national program that aims to provide a range of guarantees to patients by accrediting the practice environment.

To achieve this endorsement, a practice team works for 12 months to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, which is the recognised standard nationally for assessment for general practice.

Gulf Health Services – North and West Remote Health located at Brown Street in Normanton specialises in integrated primary health care services across a range of Indigenous and other health programs.

For more information on services offered and referral processes log on to the North and West Remote Health Service website www.nwrh.com.au

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