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(from left) Tracey Johnson and Fabiola Bran from Inala Primary Care, and Dr Richard Choong from AGPAL. Photo: Inala Primary Care

Inala Primary credits award triumph to new technology

The AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards have been run and won, with Inala Primary Care taking out the prized gong for General Practice of the Year. Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited and Quality Innovation Performance presented the awards covering the timeframe of January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.

The group chief executive of AGPAL and QIP is Dr Stephen Clark. He provided an overview of these awards and what the recognition means.

“The AGPAL General Practice Awards recognise and reward the commitment that practices make to quality improvement within Australia’s healthcare setting,” Clark said. “I was privileged to gain a unique insight into the inspiring achievements taking place within the healthcare environment."

Tracey Johnson, chief executive of Inala Primary Care, attributed its victory to the installation of the latest technology in its practice.

“This technology has transformed the culture at Inala Primary Care into a tech-savvy, dynamic workplace, rarely seen in the sector,” Johnson said. “We have taken hundreds, if not thousands, of Word documents, checklists, templates, manuals and more into a digital, intranet-based practice manual that links policies and procedures, stores all records and links to other databases.

“Our systems ensure our healthcare professionals have access to the latest evidence, which results in the best patient care, as well as reducing clinician time and stress, a key factor when serving such a complex group of patients."

Here is the full list of winners from the AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards:

AGPAL General Practice of the Year 

Winner: Inala Primary Care
Highly Commended: Canning Vale Medical Centre

AGPAL Safety and Quality Award

Winner: Collins Street Medical Centre
Highly Commended: Woodcroft Medical Centre

AGPAL Consumer Engagement Award

Winner: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services Brisbane (ATSICHS)
Highly Commended: UFS Medical

AGPAL Rural & Remote General Practice of the Year

Winner: The Doctor House
Highly Commended: Cobargo Doctors

AGPAL Solo General Practice of the Year

Winner: Gold Coast Medical Centre
Highly Commended: Sunset Skin Cancer and Medical Clinic

AGPAL Aboriginal Medical Service of the Year

Winner: IWC
Highly Commended: Goondir Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services

QIP Community Organisation of the Year
(Excellence in partnerships, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusive practice, within the Community Services Sector)

Winner: Cobaw Community Health Services

QIP Community Organisation of the Year
(Innovative service delivery within the Community Services Sector)

Winner: VincentCare

QIP Chair Health Service of the Year

Winner: Bankstown Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre
Highly Commended: RecoverWiSE Physio & Pilates

Other award winners are welcome to submit their thoughts on victory; contact the author by email.

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