The Quality Prescribing Incentive
The Quality Prescribing Incentive (QPI) is one of the incentives of the Australian Government’s Practice Incentives Program (PIP). It aims to encourage practices to keep up to date with information on the quality use of medicines and assists practices with maintaining accreditation standards.
Many NPS MedicineWise activities also gain continuing professional development points for GPs, so the practice can earn while your GPs learn
How does it benefit my practice?
Your practice can receive annual financial incentives by completing a minimum number of eligible activities based on the number of full-time equivalent GPs in your practice.
Payments are calculated at $1 per Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) per year. The average full-time equivalent (FTE) GP has an SWPE value around 1000 annually, equating to $1000/annum/FTE GP. The Department of Human Services will advise practices through their Practice Incentives Program quarterly payment advices of the expected number of activities that must be completed by 30 April each year to be eligible for the payment. You can also establish your practice’s activity requirements by contacting the Practice Incentives Program on 1800 222 032.
Payments are made in the May quarter to practices that have met the requirements in the 12 months to 30 April each year.
How do we participate?
Practices registered for the Practice Incentives Program don’t need to apply separately for the Quality Prescribing Incentive. To register or find out more about the Practice Incentives Program or your practice requirements, call the Practice Incentives Program on 1800 222 032 or visit the Department of Human Services website.
My practice is ready to go – what next?
Each practice is required to complete at least three activities per full-time equivalent GP in the reference period 1 May–30 April. One of these three activities must be a clinical audit provided or recognised by NPS MedicineWise.
Activities must be completed by individual GPs, who can complete more or less activities than their colleagues, as long as the practice collectively completes the minimum number of activities required.
Review how your practice measures up to the recommendations in the Australian Asthma Handbook 2014, and support your patients to achieve better asthma... more
Many patients are unnecessarily living with poor asthma control and consider it to be normal. Discuss how to improve the health outcomes of patients w... more
Reflect on your management of 10 patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, acute sore throat/pharyngitis/tonsillitis, acute otitis media, common c... more
Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged 75 years and over, who use five or more medicines and who are prescribed at least one of the following:... more
Jenny Adams is a 76 year old recently diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Jenny has come to you to discuss her risk of stroke and the pro... more
This course sets QUM in context, provides an overview of QUM principles and their application, and explores the roles and responsibilities of various ... more
Cover the latest evidence and guidelines for preventive healthcare with a focus on tests and interventions recommended for people in their 40s. This i... more
We can help you plan your activities
To help choose and plan your practice’s Quality Prescribing Incentive activities and monitor participation, we have provided a QPI planner spreadsheet and routinely provide three participation statements per year. Contact us at any time for statements.
- We are not the sole provider of activities eligible for inclusion in the Practice Incentives Program Quality Prescribing Incentive. Any organisation that provides a clinical audit on pharmacotherapeutics can apply to NPS MedicineWise to have the audit considered for inclusion.
- Completion of the same activity will not be recognised more than once for any GP in the reference period (1 May–30 April each year).
More CPD activities
By activity type
- Case studies
- Online courses
- Clinical e-Audit
- Educational visits
- Pharmacy Practice Review
- Other activities
NPS MedicineWise promotes quality use of medicines by prescribers through the Prescribing Competencies Framework.