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Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program



The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program was the first, and largest, quality improvement program of its type in mainstream primary healthcare in Australia.

The program aimed to find better ways to provide primary healthcare services to patients through shared learning, peer support, training, education and support systems using quality improvement tools and techniques.

Phase one of the program was implemented from July 2004 and was managed by Flinders University. Subsequent phases of the program were managed by the Improvement Foundation until the program's completion in 2015. The program was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Health


Improvement Foundation
Level 8, 19 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 3645
Rundle Mall SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8422 7400
Toll free: 1800 771 522
Fax: (08) 8231 6690

Related publications

Collaborative handbook: Closing the Gap (2016)

Improvement Foundation

This resource encourages and supports general practices and health services throughout Australia to deliver rapid, measurable, systematic and sustainable improvements in the care they provide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

The handbook focuses on these topic areas:

Abstract from Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program

Knight AW, Ford D, Audehm R, Colagiuri S, Best J (2012)

The Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program: improving diabetes care.

BMJ Quality & Safety; 21(11): 956-963

Knight AW, Caesar C, Ford D, Coughlin A, Frick C (2012)

Improving primary care in Australia through the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program: a quality improvement report.

BMJ Quality & Safety; 21(11): 948-955

Menzies D (2010)

Don’t tell me what to do, walk the journey with me.

Paper presented at the Closing the Gap learning workshop. , Adelaide


Last updated: 4 September 2017
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