Ochre Medical Centre, Sippy Downs wins the RACGP, QLD 2016 Practice of the Year

Ochre Health would like to congratulate the Ochre Medical Centre Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast on winning the Royal College of General Practitioners – Queensland General Practice of the Year Award 2016.

In commending the practice for attaining such excellence Ochre Health’s Acting CEO, Ross Lamplugh praised both teamwork and innovation:

“I would like to congratulate the entire team in Sippy Downs – the staff, nurses, doctors and other health professionals and service providers who have formed such a wonderful team and excellent practice. I would also like to specifically congratulate our management team – at both a local and national level – for their efforts in developing this wonderful medical centre. This award is well earned and is acknowledgment of what can be achieved in primary care through innovation, integration and dedication.”

The prestigious General Practice of the Year Award recognises outstanding practices for their approach to patient health and wellbeing, service scope and delivery. In declaring the Queensland state finalist the RACGP said the Ochre Medical Centre Sippy Downs was notable for its leadership by Dr John Adie, as well as having a strong commitment to staff education and professional development.

The practice was also praised for being involved in local community events, actively sharing knowledge by frequently presenting at both local and national events, and for offering home visits to patients where required.

Established in 1993, Sippy Downs is a suburb of the Sunshine Coast that encompasses several schools, along with the University of the Sunshine Coast. The Ochre Medical Centre – Sippy Downs was established in early 2014 and is currently staffed by twelve doctors and registered nurses, along with support from Allied Health providers.

Through the establishment of the GP led Fracture Clinic and Hospital in the Home (HITH) program(me), the practice has demonstrated that it is possible to extend the traditional scope of general practice to deliver facets of hospital care within a well-equipped multidisciplinary GP setting. These extra service deliveries have been well-received, with high levels of patient satisfaction reported, along with a clear patient preference to be treated for these conditions within a general practice context rather than in hospital.

As noted by the award judges, the Sippy Downs Centre maintains a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training and hosts monthly education sessions. At these sessions, cases are presented and discussed by GPs and a panel of medical specialists. Further, the centre co-operatively supports the training of GP Registrars, who are able to learn about and gain experience in acute healthcare provision including the management of fractures in a GP setting.

With an ageing population, increasing health costs and constrained public budgets, the Ochre Medical Centre -Sippy Downs provides practical evidence in the critical discussion about how general practice might assist in meeting the healthcare needs of the community it serves. Their successful model stands as an aspirational example to other Australian GP practices.

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