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The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) Program has been recognised for achieving large scale engagement within Australian general practice, in two articles published in the British Medical Journal; Quality and Safety.
Knight, A 2012 'Improving Primary Care in Australia through the Australian Primary Care Collaborative Program: a quality improvement report' British Medical Journal Quality & Safety.
This article provides a general overview of the scope and impact of the first two phases of the APCC Program, since its inception in 2004. To access the full article click here.
Knight, A 2012 'The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program: improving diabetes care' British Medical Journal Quality & Safety.
This article describes the success of GPs in improving diabetes care for more than 150,000 patients across Australia. To access the full article click here.
Improvement Foundation (IF) is pleased to announce the ongoing delivery of the Australian Primary Care Collaborative (APCC) Program which will be delivered nationally over the next 3 years. Mr Colin Frick, IF Chief Executive Officer says 'IF are offering a further 500 Australian general practices and primary health care services, and all 61 Medicare Locals the opportunity to participate in what is going to be Australia's largest primary health care quality improvement collaborative, the APCC Program'. More than 1100 Australian primary health care professionals will be trained in quality improvement methods through their involvement in Phase 4 of the Program.
The Improvement Foundation (IF) is pleased to announce that the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives (APCC) Program has been extended until 30 June 2012. The implementation of the Program will take shape in a number of ways - all of which continue to focus on developing and delivering quality improvement programs that support the delivery of measureable, systematic and sustainable improvements to primary health care systems and patient care, in line with IF's core objectives.
IF will be working with Medicare Locals and Divisions of General Practice in the following ways... Click here to read more
To view the media release click here
Dr Dale Ford, Principal Clinical Advisor of the Improvement Foundation and Bryan Foley, APCC Program Manager attended the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in Amsterdam on April 5 - 8. IF was invited to present two posters at the forum, on the scope of the APCC Program at large, and on measuring for improvement through the web portal. To download a PDF of these posters, please select the link below:
'Improvement down under - The APCC Program' Download PDF
'Measuring for quality improvement using a web portal' Download PDF
Beginning in March 2011 and to be delivered in Sydney, recruitment for this wave will be targeting NSW health services and aims to help health services develop systems for improving the prevention and management of care for patients with diabetes. Click here to find out more.
Congratulations to Christine O'Shea of Bright Medical Centre, Victoria, for winning the lucky draw website competition! Christine wins an 8GB iPod Nano. Thank you to all those who entered the competition and took the time to provide valuable feedback and suggestions. Keep an eye on the website as we endeavour to develop it.
To celebrate the launch of the new website, Improvement Foundation are running a website treasure hunt competition. The new APCC website is your hunting ground and the pages are your 'treasure'. Click here to download an entry form. Competition closes Friday 9 April 2010. (Competition only open to APCC participating practices and CPMs).
Improving cardiovascular health outcomes in Australian general practice. Facts and recommendations to support government relations and policy development. February 2010, National Heart Foundation of Australia, p7. Click here to view this PDF document on the Heart Foundation website.
At the 2009 AGPN National forum, the John Aloizos Medal (JAM) winner was awarded to Dr Michael Nolan from Bayside General Practice Network. The prestigious medal is the highest honour of the Network and recognises the individual commitment of a member to the Network. Dr Nolan participated in the wave 2 of Phase 1 of the APCC Program for Cheltenham Park Family Medical Centre.
Congratulations to Dr Ayman Shenouda, of Glenrock Country Practice, who won the RACGP GP of the Year award. Dr Shenouda participated in Phase 1 of the Program.
Improvement Foundation introduces the topics of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Chronic Disease Prevention and Self Management (CDPSM). These topics will be introduced to general practices through a national Program wave starting in August 2009.
Improvement Foundation, in consultation with the APCC Expert Reference Panels, Diabetes Australia and Heart Foundation Australia, has introduced new measures to the APCC Program.
Last Updated 19 December 2012