THE IWC is a finalist in the Australian General Practice Accreditation Aboriginal Medical Service of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the AGPAL and QIP 2016 Conference on Friday, May 27.

AGPAL is a leading provider of accreditation and related quality improvement services to general practices. QIP (Quality Innovation Performance) is a national certification and accreditation organisation dedicated to supporting health and community services to manage risk and quality.

Established in 1997, AGPAL is a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering dedicated support services to general practice, medical deputising services, after-hours services, Aboriginal medical services and Royal Flying Doctor services as they work to achieve accreditation, measured against the standards developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

IWC has been held up as a model of excellence in patient care by AGPAL after last month being awarded a National Award of General Practice Accreditation for the next three years.

"The AGPAL accreditation program was developed to provide a range of minimum expectations for patients surrounding safety and care by assessing the practice environment and their processes," AGPAL chair Dr Richard Choong said.

"Accreditation was developed jointly by AGPAL and primary health organisations and peak bodies, including the Australian Medical Association."

IWC, as a non-government, Aboriginal community-controlled and charitable organisation, has a focus on indigenous, vulnerable, disadvantaged and at-risk peoples in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett communities.