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 medical tests 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.

We can help you plan your activities

To help choose and plan your practice’s QPI activities and monitor participation, download the interactive QPI Planner spreadsheet. We send three participation statements per year. You can email info@nps.org.au at any time for statements.

Download the QPI planner list
of recognised activities
(Excel file, 680 kB)

Which activities are eligible?

Antibiotics for urinary tract infections

Webstercare report

RACF Medicinewise Reports can identify patterns of antibiotic use, support appropriate prescribing of antibiotics to treat urinary infections (UTIs) a... more

Asthma management: supporting patients to achieve good control

Clinical e-Audit

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for GPs is a clinical e-audit on asthma management.... more

Asthma: optimising asthma control in children

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs, and nurses is a case study on optimising asthma control in children... more

Asthma: unlocking inhaler technique

Course

Guiding conversation about inhaler technique, and demonstrations of correct technique using a specific methodology... more

Blood pressure: measure, manage & monitor

Case study

This case study features a 55-year-old man who is worried about his risk of heart attack. Earn free CPD points by completing this online activity abo... more

Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor

Clinical e-Audit

Reflect on your management of patients using blood pressure lowering medicines and review how your practice measures up to the recommendations of Aust... more

Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor

Course

This free online course on blood pressure management can assist GPs, pharmacists and nurses with assessing cardiovascular risk and treating high blood... more

Chronic abdominal pain in adults – when is imaging indicated?

Course

This interactive module clarifies when imaging is appropriate for chronic abdominal pain in adults.... more

Chronic pain: opioids and beyond

Clinical e-Audit

Be guided through using a multimodal approach when supporting your patients to manage their chronic non-cancer pain. Review a systematic approach for ... more

Chronic pain: opioids and beyond

Case study

This Interactive Case Study challenges you to use a biopsychosocial approach to manage a patient with chronic pain. Free CPD activity for GP’s, pharma... more

CVD risk - assessment and lipid-modifying therapy

Clinical e-Audit

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for GPs is a clinical e-audit on absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment an... more

Depression: tailoring initial treatment and re-examining the options

Case study

Depression treatment should be tailored to the individual patient. Complete a free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for GPs, pharma... more

Depression: Achieving remission, preventing relapseNEW

Clinical e-Audit

Re-examine treatment options and improve outcomes by learning about emerging evidence for supportive approaches, psychological treatments and antidepr... more

Drug misuse: implications for pharmacistsNEW

Course

This free online learning module for pharmacists provides expert insights on how to spot the warning signals of potentially harmful medicines use. St... more

Fatigue: a diagnostic approach

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs, and nurses is a case study on diagnosing causes of fatigue.... more

Fatigue: dealing with uncertainty - a diagnostic approach to fatigue

Course

This interactive module explores the diagnostic approach to fatigue in young to middle-aged adults, to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence i... more

Intensifying treatment in type 2 diabetesNEW

Case study

Intensifying treatment in type 2 diabetes: Case study for GPs, pharmacists or nurses... more

Introduction to antimicrobial prescribingNEW

Course

This free online learning module deals with antimicrobials prescribing in a hospital setting... 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 hepatitis C in primary care

Course

This free online learning module on hepatitis C management in primary care is for general practitioners (GPs). Find the course and more CPD activitie... more

Medical tests

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

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

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for GPs is a clinical e-audit on reviewing medicines for older people.... more

National inpatient medication chart training

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

Otitis media: clarifying the role of antibioticsNEW

Case study

Weigh up the need for antibiotics with two different cases of acute otitis media in this free CPD case study. Tailored versions for GPs, pharmacists a... more

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in uncomplicated gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Case study

This case study features an active 68-year-old retiree who was recently discharged from hospital on a new medicine, omeprazole. How long will you plan... more

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs): too much of a good thing?

Clinical e-Audit

This Clinical e-Audit is designed for GPs and helps identify which patients on long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy could benefit from a step... more

Safety through Adverse Event Reporting

Course

This free course will guide you through the adverse event reporting process. Reporting adverse events is important to ensure that therapeutic products... more

The medicinewise practitioner: Belinda

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 Bridgit

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

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 diabetesNEW

Clinical e-Audit

Individualise treatment options for type 2 diabetes patients using blood glucose-lowering medicines in line with the new Australian guidelines.... more

Urinary tract infections: exploring antibiotic treatment

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs and nurses is a case study on antibiotics for urinary tract infectio... 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).

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NPS MedicineWise promotes quality use of medicines by prescribers through the Prescribing Competencies Framework.