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Practice Incentive Program

The Practice Incentives Program (PIP) supports general practice activities that encourage continuing improvements, quality care, enhancing capacity and improving access and health outcomes for patients.

Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI)

Announcement from the Australian Government

The number and type of incentives available within PIP will change from 1 August 2019 when four of the existing incentives will cease and a new incentive, the PIP Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive will commence.

The QI Incentive aims to recognise and support those practices that commit to improving the care they provide to their patients. Participating practices will be supported to use the information they have about their own communities and knowledge of their patient’s needs to develop innovative strategies to drive improvement.

As well as demonstrating a commitment to quality improvement, practices will share a minimum set of aggregated data with their local Primary Health Network (PHN), such as the number of patients who are diabetic, the percentage of those who smoke, the cardiovascular risk and weight profile. This information will be collated at the local level by the PHNs to assist in supporting improvement and understanding health needs. There is no requirement for individual patient data, and any measures from an individual practice will not be available to the Department of Health.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) and the National Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO) are all working together as members of the Practice Incentives Program Advisory Group (PIPAG), along with the Department of Health to ensure that this initiative is focused on quality improvement and does not follow other countries in introducing a ‘pay for performance’ program with perverse incentives.

The Colleges, AMA, RDAA, AAPM and NACCHO are also working closely with the PHNs to ensure the program has strong governance of general practice data.

With an implementation date of 1 August 2019, the following four Incentives will continue through to 31 July 2019 and then cease:

  • Asthma Incentive
  • Quality Prescribing Incentive
  • Cervical Screening Incentive
  • Diabetes Incentive, and

The seven PIP Incentives that will remain unchanged are:

  • eHealth Incentive
  • After Hours Incentive
  • Rural Loading Incentive
  • Teaching Payment
  • Indigenous Health Incentive, and
  • Procedural General Practitioner Payment
  • General Practitioner Aged Care Access Incentive.

For further information on PIP QI including guidelines, improvement measures and PIP eligible data set governance framework visit PIP QI Incentive guidance on The Department of Health website or select one of the options below.

Am I eligible for PIP QI?

Download a copy of the PIP QI Am I Eligible flow chart:

PIP QI Eligibility Flow Chart

Information Sheets

Helpful information sheets for you to download:

Practice Incentive Program FAQs or GPs

July 2019 Information Sheet

PIP QI Registration Checklists

Eligible practices can use one of the below checklists to assist with the PIP QI registration process and related activities:

QI Data Exchanging PIP Practices

QI Data Exchanging NON-PIP Practices

NON-Data Exchanging PIP Practices

Accredited NON-data exchanging NON-PIP Practices

Training Webinars

The webinar series will take general practice teams through a step-by-step approach to meet the PIP QI requirements and also provide participants with a broader understanding of QI, the important role of data in QI, and the power of engaging practice teams early in planning and implementing improvements.

For more information on PIP QI contact Gippsland PHN on 5175 5444.

WEBINAR 1: Introduction to QI & the PIP QI

WEBINAR 2: Planning for QI

WEBINAR 3: Meaningful Use of Data for QI

WEBINAR 4: PIP QI Update and Team Roles & Responsibilities

PIP QI Resources Package – Smoking Improvement Measure

The Gippsland PHN PIP QI Resource Package – Smoking Improvement Measure has been developed to help guide practices through quality improvement activities. The resource package is for whole of practice and includes training for GPs (accredited) and four, plan, do, study, act cycles (accredited for GPs) that can be completed by a combination of GPs, nurses, practice manager and administration staff.

The resource package includes two online training courses developed by Quit Victoria, along with all the supporting resources needed to complete the PDSA activities. The training and resources within this package will contribute to a practice working toward PIP QI.

The Quit Victoria online courses to complete are:

Download and view the business case for practice participation in Gippsland PHN PIP QI Resource Package – Smoking Improvement Measure.

Register at Quit Education to complete the training.

Supporting Resources


Helpful resources for you to download:

Quality Improvement Action Plan Template

Team Roles and Responsibilities Checklist