Key messages

  • Co-located after-hours general practice (AHGP) clinics are special-purpose services.
  • AHGP clinics provide an alternative to treatment in a hospital emergency department.
  • The framework for AHGP clinics was developed to support the establishment and successful operation of clinics.

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.