Advisory GP22/01: Implementing the updated Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices (5th edition)

To clarify requirements for general practices following the update to the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition).

National General Practice Accreditation Scheme: Advisory details

Item Details
Advisory number GP22/01
Version number 1.0
Trim number D22-20668
Publication date 23 May 2022
Replaces Nil
Compliance with this advisory

It is mandatory for approved accrediting agencies to implement this Advisory

Transition between the old and new RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) to be fully implemented by February 2023

Information in this advisory applies to
  • All approved accrediting agencies
  • All general practices
Key relationship RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition)
Attachment Nil
Notes

Following release of the updated RACGP Standards for General Practices (5th edition) in February 2022, this advisory relates to the following changes:

  • Addition of indicator QI2.1C - Our active patient health records contain, where relevant, a record of each patient’s:
    • assigned sex at birth
    • variations of sex characteristics
    • gender.
  • Addition of indicator GP2.1C - Our health service provides comprehensive care
  • Removal of indicator GP3.1D - Our clinical team is aware of the potential risks associated with the equipment they use.
Responsible officer

Margaret Banks
Director, National Standards
Phone: 1800 304 056
Email: AdviceCentre@safetyandquality.gov.au

To be reviewed May 2023

Purpose

To clarify requirements for general practices following the update to the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition).

Issue

The RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) were published in July 2017 and most recently updated in February 2022. The update to the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) included the following changes:

  • Addition of indicator QI2.1C - Our active patient health records contain, where relevant, a record of each patient’s:
    • assigned sex at birth
    • variations of sex characteristics
    • gender.
  • Addition of indicator GP2.1C - Our health service provides comprehensive care
  • Removal of indicator GP3.1D - Our clinical team is aware of the potential risks associated with the equipment they use.

Requirements

General practices accredited under The National General Practice Scheme will transition to the updated RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) by 1 February 2023.

Until 1 February 2023, assessors will accept evidence of implementation of either the previous or updated version of the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition).

From 1 February 2023, assessors will only accept evidence of implementation of the updated RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition).