Primary care providers have an important role in Closing the Gap – a National Agreement, and commitment by the Australian Government to achieve health equality and to improve the health, wellbeing, life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a generation. For general practices, making changes to support Closing the Gap include better patient identification, chronic disease prevention and management, and delivery of culturally appropriate care. There are more than 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our region.
This Closing the Gap Quality Improvement Workbook aims to provide guidance for GPs and their practice teams to identify and manage the health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in their care. It is a valuable tool to help practices to track their quality improvement (QI) progress and provide better care.
Whether you are new to quality improvement or an expert, this workbook provides easy to follow steps to take you through QI activities. It can be used alongside the quarterly data reports that NWMPHN provide to practices
The workbooks have been created by general practice, for general practice, with input from NWMPHN teams and subject matter experts, and through consultation with the community and the broader primary care sector.
This workbook can be used by practices and individual professionals as part of:
- the Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) Incentive
- RACGP accreditation standards
- continuing professional development.
Download the Closing the GAP QI workbook (an interactive PDF) and use it for self-guided quality improvement. Your NWMPHN program officer can support you to get the most out of the process, helping you to:
- use PenCAT4 to extract practice data
- understand and interpret your data
- determine a goal for your project
- plan and undertake QI activities
- review the success of your QI activities.
GPs can be eligible for 40 RACGP Accredited Activity CPD points (formerly Cat 1 points) by undertaking activities in this booklet. Phone (03) 9347 1188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and support.