Kew General Practice is AGPAL accredited – what does this mean?
Being accredited means that our general practice is committed to a comprehensive program which involves:
- Engaging our whole practice team to review our practice’s systems and processes
- Opening our practice doors to allow a team of independent surveyors to assess how our practice operates
- Assessment of our practice, and achievement of the nationally recognised Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, that focus on health care quality and patient safety.
As a member of the community you may be surprised to learn that general practice accreditation is a voluntary process – which means not all practices undergo an independent on-site assessment on a regular basis.
Achievement of AGPAL accreditation reassures you that our doctors and practice team are committed to providing you with high quality health care in a safe environment.
Next time you visit our practice be sure to look out for the AGPAL Accredited General Practice Symbol (below) or our accreditation certificate. Our practice team is proud of this achievement and as part of this process we continuously strive to make quality improvements to better your patient experience.
Elissa graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in Medicine in 2004, and also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science for research. She worked at Austin health, the Mercy hospital for Women and in General Practice in rural and city areas of Victoria and in other areas of Australia. She is a competent and kind GP, interested in women’s health, chronic disease, paediatrics and dermatology, along with all areas of medicine. She has 3 young children and enjoys reading and fitness.
The No Jab, No Pay legislation was passed on 23 November 2015. As of 1 January 2016, only families that fully immunise their children, are on a recognised vaccination catch-up schedule, or have an approved medical exemption can receive family assistance payments such as the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, and the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement.
Vaccination objection will no longer be a valid exemption. Parents will maintain their right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.
From 1 January 2016, free vaccines will be available for children aged 10–19 who require catch-up under this policy. Vaccines for children younger than 10 are free under the National Immunisation Program.
Parents will be notified by Centrelink in the coming weeks if their child/children does not meet the immunisation requirements for family assistance payments. Parents will be advised to speak with their vaccination provider if their child requires catch-up vaccines.