The Barambah Health Centre has received national accreditation (Photo: BHC)
January 23, 2013

The Barambah Health Centre at Cherbourg has received accreditation from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited.

A spokesman said the accreditation demonstrated the quality and safety of the practice.

AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong said the accreditation also shows the practice makes a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.

“Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and it is a clear demonstration that Barambah Health Centre is seeking to improve their level of service to both patients and the community,” he said.

“Practices seek accreditation because they want to be the best and view this as another step toward excellence.”

The AGPAL accreditation program was developed jointly by AGPAL and various doctors’ organisations including the AMA. It is a voluntary national program that aims to provide a range of guarantees to patients by accrediting the practice environment.

To achieve this endorsement, a practice team works for 12 months to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Standards for General Practices, the nationally recognised standard for assessment for general practice.

“Everyone at the practice plays a valuable role in working to meet the standards. It gives staff a real sense of pride to work in an accredited practice,” Dr Choong said.

Barambah Health Centre will now proudly display the AGPAL logo for all their patients to see.

The practice, which is open to all South Burnett residents, is located on the corner of Bligh and Broadway Streets, Cherbourg.

It offers a range of health care services including general health GPs; specialised women’s, men’s and children’s health clinics; dental services; ophthalmologist; optometrist; audiologist; dietician and exercise physiologists; physiotherapist; diabetes educators; podiatrists; and more.

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