There have been a number of developments in the GP Super Clinics Program which were noted from the document review and from interviews with Department of Health and Ageing staff. Many of these have been represented in updated editions of the Funding Agreement and the FAQs.
4.6.1 The GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008The GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008 applied to the clinics which were selected in the 2007-2008 tranche.2 As the Program developed, the GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2008 was reviewed in the context of lessons learnt, with the subsequent publication of the GP Super Clinics National Program Guide 2010.19 While it was evident that there was consistency between the two Guides in terms of the policy for the Program, there were a few key differences between the two documents which reflected learnings from the first tranche of GP Super Clinics with the 2010 Guide providing greater specificity of requirements.
4.6.2 Reporting RequirementsThe reporting requirements have evolved over the course of the implementation and establishment aspects of the GP Super Clinics Program. The evolutions aimed to ensure that the reporting requirements in the establishment aspect more closely aligned to construction industry standards and that service arrangements during the business start-up phase were aligned with the GP Super Clinics Program objectives. Results in the establishment aspect of this evaluation reflect the need for even more evolution.
2 GP Super Clinics National Program Guide. . Canberra: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing; 2008.
19GP Super Clinic National Program Guide. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing 2010.