Childhood emergencies

May 2010


Tips from the toolkit: 4

Starting a practice

Volume 39, No.5, May 2010 Pages 345-346

Neville Steer

Setting up a new practice, or starting in an existing practice, is a major decision. Becoming a practice owner needs careful consideration. This article looks at some of the aspects involved in starting a practice. Like previous articles in this series, it is based on The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ ‘General practice management toolkit’.

Although all general practices will differ in their achievements and challenges, one thing is the same: the most important thing in general practices is the people working in that practice. Beyond this, the business structure, systems and processes will determine the operational efficiency of the practice, the effectiveness in providing health care, and financial performance.

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