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July 11, 2018
Nexus receives mark of Quality as a fully Accredited GP Practice

Wallan and Kinglake recently increased their community health credentials when the Nexus GP SuperClinic Wallan and the Nexus Kinglake Ranges Health Centre received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice. Both the Nexus GP SuperClinic Wallan and the Nexus Kinglake Ranges Health Centre 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 both  Nexus clinics are 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 for general practices, that provides a template for quality care and risk management.

The AGPAL accreditation program was developed to provide a range of minimum expectations for patients surrounding safety and care by assessing the practice environment and their processes. Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Areas of focus during an on-site assessment for accreditation include: ensuring vaccines are within their use-by-date and stored at the correct temperatures, that the practice equipment is clean and sterile, practice staff are up-to-date with their training, and the practice has emergency care available.

Dr Choong said accreditation is attainable only through cooperation and communication between staff members.

“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.

The Nexus GP SuperClinic Wallan and the Nexus Kinglake Ranges Health Centre both are proud to display the AGPAL Accredited Symbol for all their patients to see.

“We want community members, nationwide 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.”

 

The Nexus GP SuperClinic Wallan located at 7-11 High Street, offers an integrated primary healthcare facility offering a broad range of services – Open 7 days, including public holidays.

The Nexus Kinglake Ranges Health Centre located at 19 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, offers a fully accredited facility, operated by Nexus to provide a range of Primary Health Services, Groups, Events and Bulk Billed GP & Medical Services.

Our highly experienced team recognises, acknowledges and respects all community members, and the culture and values of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples both past and present.

We actively celebrate diversity and embrace difference by providing a service that is safe and inclusive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex community.

Both Nexus clinics are registered with Closing the Gap – PBS Co-payment Measure to improve access to PBS medicines for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with, or at risk of, chronic disease. Closing the Gap prescriptions attract a lower or nil patient co-payment for PBS medicines.

Contact:               Laura Colliver – Nexus GP Services Manager Ph: 1300 77 33 52


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