Australian general practice networks (GPN) are required to report
on national performance indicators under the Australian Government
Department of Health and Ageing’s National Quality Performance
To investigate the extent to which Victorian GPN are ‘ready’ to
manage clinical data from general practice for reporting under the
A qualitative study using semistructured interviews from a purposive
sample of chief executive officers from urban and rural Victorian
GPN included those either participating or not participating in the
Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program.
Australian Primary Care Collaborative experienced DGP have
developed the range of skills and knowledge to undertake clinical
data management for quality improvement and NQPS reporting.
Trust by local general practices for the provision of clinical data has
been developed through the demonstration of benefits to practices
and improved patient health. General practice networks without
Australian Primary Care Collaborative experience have a range of
concerns about clinical data management for NQPS reporting, such
as gaining cooperation from their practices, handling privacy issues
and finding appropriately skilled staff.
Victorian GPN involved in the Australian Primary Care Collaborative
appear more ‘ready’ than GPN without this experience to undertake
clinical data management for reporting purposes on the national
performance indicators under the NQPS.
Australian general practice networks (GPNs) are required to report on national performance indicators (NPIs) under the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing’s National Quality Performance System (NQPS).1 The aims of the NQPS are to provide: better information for the GPNs, a national picture of GPN achievements, evidence of the contribution of GPNs to their communities, and evidence of value for money for the public. This reporting function is managed through the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS).1
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