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.

Download the QPI planner list of recognised activities

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.

Download the QPI planner list of recognised activities

Which activities are eligible?

Achieving bladder control

Case study

Grace is a 70-year-old housewife, who presents to you complaining of 'troubles with the bladder'. She has limited her involvement in social activities... more

Antipsychotic therapy

Case study

Emily, a 28 year old, was diagnosed with schizophrenia 9 months ago. She was prescribed risperidone and in the last 6 months her dose has been stable ... more

Asthma - optimising asthma control in children

Case study

Daniel O'Connor is a 4 year old with asthma. Over the last month Daniel has been wheezing nearly every day. He has also been waking up once or twice a... more

Asthma management: supporting patients to achieve good control

Clinical e-Audit

Earn free CPD points. This free clinical e-audit on asthma management is for GPs. GPs can earn CPD points and PIP QPI.... more

CVD risk - assessment and lipid-modifying therapy

Clinical e-Audit

Reflect on your management of 10 adults aged 45 years and over, or aged 35 years and over if of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who have... more

CVD risk - guiding lipid management

Case study

Ric, a 49-year-old IT consultant, has come to see you concerned that he is at risk of a heart attack. Ric has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed 2 years ago, ... more

Depression challenges in primary care

Case study

Joe is a 71-year-old man who complains that he is 'not feeling himself'. He is accompanied by his wife who is concerned that he seems always fatigued ... more

Exploring inhaled medicines use and asthma control

Educational visit

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

Heart failure

Case study

Margaret, 65 years old, requires a repeat prescription of perindopril arginine 2.5 mg. She was diagnosed with heart failure 1 year ago (LVEF < 40%) af... more

Iron deficiency anaemia

Case study

Mariah is a 17-year-old student who has recently migrated to Australia from Malta with her parents. She comes to you complaining of general fatigue an... more

Management of rhinosinusitis

Case study

Jessica is a 26-year-old student complaining of a 4 day history of coloured nasal discharge, headache, lethargy and sneezing. She is taking regular pa... more

Management of specific respiratory tract infections

Clinical e-Audit

Reflect on your management of 10 patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, acute sore throat/pharyngitis/tonsillitis, acute otitis media, common c... more

Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Case study

Damien, a 58-year-old brick layer, comes for a review of the management of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as his symptoms have becom... more

Maximising sleep and minimising potential harms

Case study

Margaret, a 54 year old former receptionist, is visiting you for a repeat prescription of temazepam, as she will finish her first pack in 10 days. She... more

Medical tests

Online course

Healthcare professionals are routinely presented with scenarios where clinical diagnosis and therapeutic decisions are made based on medical test resu... more

Medication safety training

Online course

Learn about common types of medication errors and the main causes of errors. We will look at how you can help prevent them from occurring in your work... more

MedicineInsight visit on diabetes

Participatory study

A free participatory study on diabetes is for GPs... more

Medicines in older people - review and rationalise

Clinical e-Audit

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

National inpatient medication chart training

Online course

The National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) has been developed to ensure that complete and accurate information is included for all drug orders so ... more

Opioid therapy in chronic pain

Case study

Winston, a 64-year-old artist, has come back to see you for worsening back pain. For the past 3 years paracetamol and ibuprofen have been effective in... more

Optimising blood pressure control

Case study

Shelly is a 52-year-old florist who comes to see you concerned about her blood pressure (BP) readings. Two months ago Shelly bought a home blood press... more

Oral anticoagulants - exploring treatment options for stroke prevention

Case study

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


Case study

Bill is a 72-year-old retired train driver who was discharged from hospital 6 months ago. He was admitted with a fractured hip caused when his foot ca... more

Quality use of medicines - why, what, how, and who?

Online course

This course sets QUM in context, provides an overview of QUM principles and their application, and explores the roles and responsibilities of various ... more

Safe use of medicines in older people

Educational visit

Discuss how to achieve good medicines management and improved quality use of medicines by reducing polypharmacy and recognition of medicines to avoid ... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Belinda

Online course

Belinda is a 22-year old with lifestyle issues and confirmed schizophrenia. Her first episode of psychosis occurred when she was nearly 20 years old. ... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Benji and Bridjit

Online course

Benji is a 3-year-old boy presenting in the Emergency Department of the local hospital with shortness of breath. He is brought in by his mother Bridgi... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Bill

Online course

Bill is a 55-year-old man with Type 2 diabetes. He is a new patient at your practice, having just moved into the area to be closer to family. As a way... more

Type 2 diabetes - priorities and targets

Clinical e-Audit

Reflect on your management of 10 patients with type 2 diabetes who use glucose-lowering medicines.... more

Type 2 diabetes - tailoring ongoing treatment

Case study

Albert Sims is a 75-year-old retired mechanical engineer. His glucose control has declined despite sticking to his medicines and a healthy lifestyle. ... more

Vitamin D

Case study

Alima is a 35-year-old housewife who arrived in Australia with her family from the Middle East 2 years ago. She had a cold 2 weeks ago and feels that ... more

Which tests make a difference - preventive activities in general practice

Educational visit

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.

Note that:

  • 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).