In the media

New toolkit at Brisbane hospital reduces pain of opioid prescriptions Far fewer opioid-based painkillers have been prescribed in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital emergency department following the implementation of a new framework for clinicians. The Opioid Prescribing Toolkit has been developed to reduce reliance on opioids by educating emergency department staff about strategies to manage pain (25 September 2019). More...

Practice and Regulation

QAO Audit: Addressing mine dust lung disease This audit will examine how effectively public sector entities have implemented recommendations aimed at reducing the risk and occurrence of mine dust lung disease. In progress. Anticipated tabling: Aug-Oct 2019. More...

HQCC Investigation register The nature of the matter being investigated is noted below in general terms, and may be connected to relevant legislation or a framework. Descriptions beginning with a number refer to a potential offence under the corresponding section of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013. Descriptions beginning with ‘Clause’ refer to alleged contravention of the corresponding clause of the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland). More...

Cases

Health Ombudsman v ILM [2019] QCAT 261PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – NURSES – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – SANCTION – where the respondent was a registered nurse – where the respondent was convicted of criminal offences in relation to stealing Propofol from her employer – where the respondent was suffering from mental illness during the period of the offending conduct – where the respondent has received consistent treatment for her mental illness – where the parties are in agreement as to sanction – whether the sanction proposed is appropriate. Health Ombudsman Act 2013 Qld s 103, s 107; Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 2009 Qld s 5 Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2009 Qld s 66