Swift Street Article


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In April 2018, Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) announced the finalists of the AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards. Swift Street Medical Centre was announced as one of the finalists in the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award category.

Across Australia within Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) with classifications of 4 to 7, there are many general practices making a daily commitment to providing high quality rural and remote health care. The AGPAL Group of Companies acknowledges, appreciates and is committed to recognising the dedication and continuing effort of these practice teams make towards quality improvement.

Dr Stephen Clark, Group Chief Executive of the AGPAL Group of Companies, said that AGPAL had received a number of outstanding nominations from AGPAL accredited rural and remote general practices.

“The AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards recognise and reward the commitment that general practices make to quality improvement within a health care setting. The nominations process has allowed me the privilege to gain a unique insight into the inspiring achievements taking place within the health care environment” he said.

I thank all those practices who shared their inspiring and innovative stories of quality improvement. Congratulations to Swift Street Medical Centre for being selected as a finalist for the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award” Dr Clark said.

To be selected as a finalist, Swift Street Medical Centre had to submit a nomination form self-assessing against key criteria. The judging process was vigorous with a large number of nominations received.

The Excellence and Highly Commended recipients of the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award will be announced at the AGPAL and QIP 2018 Conference in Melbourne. The AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards will be presented at the Conference Gala Dinner at on Friday 18 May 2018.

2018 marks a milestone for both AGPAL and the general practice sector as a whole, as we come together to celebrate 21 years of AGPAL accreditation. As a not-for-profit organisation, AGPAL is dedicated to delivering accreditation services and supporting general practices on their journey of continuous quality improvement, and remains Australia’s leading general practice accreditation provider.


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12/10/2015 – Swift Street Article in Recent NSW Rural Doctors Network Publication –

The NSW Rural Doctors Network release a regular publication called “Practice Made Perfect” Newsletter on their website, and Issue 3 featured Dr Spencer and the Team at Swift Street. This is what their article had to say …


In this issue of PMP we profile Dr Ian Spencer, GP and Practice Principal at Swift Street Medical Centre in Wellington. Dr Spencer has been recognised by the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his service to medicine as a GP in the Wellington area. Swift Street Practice Manager Sue Towney, says Dr Spencer’s wonderful work ethic, support, guidance and fabulous patient care is what makes him stand out. “He is truly an amazing man and has a passion for the community and his patients that you normally only read about” she said.

Dr Spencer has for a long time been active in training graduated doctors in country towns and has used the Swift Street Medical Centre as a training practice for rural general practice. Dr Spencer’s dedication to ensuring continuing health services in Wellington has given rural registrars and students access to a broad range of medical career options in the town.

Swift Street has grown from a solo practice to operate at full capacity with seven GPs, two registered nurses, four administration staff, a mental health nurse and numerous visiting allied health staff.



Swift success: Dr Ian Spencer (centre) and his team outside the Swift Street Medical Centre in Wellington.

To view the Newsletter in full, please click on the link below