Accreditation Awarded to Mossman Gorge

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Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre, the Aboriginal community controlled health service for Mossman Gorge, has achieved the coveted AGPAL Accreditation again with ease.

So stringent are the standards that many mainstream clinics need more than one go to achieve accreditation.

AGPAL Accreditation means that safe, high quality health care is delivered according to recognised national standards. Accreditation recognises the achievements of health care teams to meet the requirements of established standards contained within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner Standards.

Accreditation reflects a practice’s commitment to continuous quality improvements – via systems, processes, policies, culture, risk management and staff training.

Providing services to the community of Mossman Gorge, the Primary Health Care Centre is run by Apunipima Cape York Health Council, the community controlled health organisation for Cape York.

With over 250 patients, the clinic offers a full range of comprehensive primary health care services including a doctor, nurse and maternal and child health worker supported by a range of visiting services.

Mossman Gorge Primary Health Care Centre is a real family centred practice focusing on indigenous health and chronic disease, supported by a full complement of allied health services and a visiting physician.

Chief Executive of Apunipima, Cleveland Fagan said, ‘This is a tremendous achievement that we can all be proud of. For many years it has been accepted that Aboriginal people can receive second rate health care and our mission at Apunipima is to provide health care that is second to none in Australia and this accreditation takes us one step closer to achieving that aim.’

It means we can really say to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Mossman Gorge that they are getting “at least” the Australian standards of quality of primary health care that are available to any other community in Australia.’

Sharryl Ellington, Practice Manager for the centre said, ‘The people of Mossman Gorge deserve the best health care and facilities we can provide and I am incredibly proud of my team for their achievement.’