Chelsea increased its community health credentials today when Chelsea Beach Medical received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice.
Chelsea Beach Medical received this important recognition from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia.
AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong said accreditation shows the practice makes a significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team.
"Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and a clear demonstration that Chelsea Beach Medical is striving to improve their level of care to both patients and the community," he said. "Practices seek accreditation because they want to do their best and view this as another step towards excellence in patient care."
To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, (the recognised national standard), which provides a template for quality care and risk management.
"Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the RACGP standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice," added Dr Choong.
Chelsea Beach Medical proudly displays the AGPAL symbol for all their patients to see.
"We want community members, nation-wide to know that their wellbeing is our priority. By choosing to attend an accredited practice, patients know they will get quality and safe care that meets the RACGP Standards."
Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA).