5th edition Standards for general practices

The RACGP is currently developing the next edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices (the Standards). The 5th edition of the Standards builds on the 4th edition Standards and will be released in October 2017.

One of the largest changes between the 4th and 5th editions of the Standards is the move from process-focused to outcome-focused indicators. Outcome-focused means that the indicator focuses on the outcome or the intent rather than the process required to meet that intent. This approach gives practices greater scope to set up systems and processes that reflect the working arrangements in their practice and will be easier to maintain after their accreditation assessment.

The second draft of the 5th edition Standards is currently open for consultation. As part of the consultation phase, the RACGP is undertaking a large scale pilot involving 100 practices Australia wide. Piloting the draft Standards will test the real-world application of the 5th edition in practice and will allow the RACGP to gain feedback on the new outcome-focused indicators.

To provide further information about the changes between the 4th and 5th edition Standards, new indicators and the piloting processes, the RACGP recently ran some webinars. These webinars were attended by practices and surveyors who are involved in the pilots, and are now available for everyone.

Visit the RACGP website to view the webinar.

You can also provide comment on the draft 5th edition Standards.