Victoria’s co-located after-hours general practice (AHGP) clinics are special-purpose services located within a public hospital, near or adjacent to its emergency department (ED).
The role of the co-located AHGP clinics is to provide timely, safe and accessible services for consumers seeking primary medical care outside business hours.
Co-located AHGP clinics offer an alternative to patients seeking emergency department care. The clinics:
- provide acute, episodic primary care services on a walk-in basis
- operate outside business hours on evenings, weekends and public holidays
- provide an alternative to treatment in a hospital emergency department
- are designed to support the provision of emergency primary care in the community.
Framework for AHGP clinics
The Department of Health & Human Services has developed the framework as a resource for health services and general practices engaged in providing co-located AHGP clinics.
The framework provides a structure for establishing and operating AHGP clinics. It promotes consistency of practice and supports continued service improvement.