Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Programme (APCCP)

The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Programme supports general practices to improve clinical outcomes, help maintain good health for those with chronic and complex conditions, and improve access to Australian general practice by promoting a culture of quality improvement in primary health care.

Page last updated: 19 November 2014

Page last reviewed: 18 August 2014

The collaboratives programme comprises a number of key elements:
  • Programme topics: for each topic, an expert reference panel identifies aims, principles and ideas for change, and measures of improvement. Topics for the collaboratives programme have included diabetes, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic disease prevention and self-management and access to general practice services.
  • Learning workshops: participating general practices attend orientation days and participate in a series of learning workshops. These workshops provide participants with the opportunity to consider how to improve care and practice systems, and access to ideas and experiences from fellow practices.
  • Activity periods with local support: during the periods between and after the learning workshops, practices test and implement improvements through cycles of small incremental changes. Practices are provided local level support for these activities through participating Divisions of General Practice or Medicare Locals.
  • Data reporting and feedback: participating practices submit monthly data to an online data reporting system, and are provided analysis and feedback on the impact of their improvements over time.
  • Spread and sustainability: participating Divisions and Medicare Locals are encouraged to spread knowledge of the collaboratives methodology to general practices not otherwise participating in the programme, and to apply their knowledge of the methodology to other topic areas. Top of page
Phase one of the collaboratives programme was implemented from July 2004 to October 2007 and was managed by Flinders University. The programme funded about 500 practices in 42 Divisions of General Practice to participate in the programme.

Phase two commenced in November 2007 and was managed by the Improvement Foundation. Over 600 practices participated in phase 2 collaboratives waves.

Phase three commenced in June 2011 and was managed by the Improvement Foundation.

The Improvement Foundation is currently implementing phase four of the collaboratives programme, which runs from July 2013 to June 2015.

The most recent results for the programme and more information about the programme can be found on the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives website.