In the media

Use of general practice and enhanced primary care services rising The data, collated from a recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report details the use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, including general practice, allied health, and specialist and diagnostic imaging (02 October 2019). More...

Minister silent over $266,000 payout for health boss 'scapegoat' Taxpayers have forked out more than a quarter of a million dollars in "termination expenses" for a senior health bureaucrat as the Palaszczuk government remains tight-lipped about why he was fired. Stephen Ayre, the former chief executive of Metro South Hospital and Health Service, was sacked by the health service's board in April amid the ongoing Queensland Health fiasco (03 October 2019). More...

Retired nurse being sued by Queensland Health could be among hundreds wrongly paid Kay Boisen is being sued by Queensland Health because of an administration error over her long-service leave payment. The union says she could be among hundreds of nurses who've been wrongly paid (30 September 2019). More...

Practice and Regulation

WorkCover Queensland: Medical items table of costs - 2019 annual review WorkCover Queensland will again review and update the table of costs for medical treatment applicable for workers’ compensation in Queensland on 1 December 2019. We will adopt the Medical Benefits Schedule item numbers, explanations, definitions, rules and conditions for services provided by medical practitioners and will review the fee applicable for workers’ compensation. The updated table of costs will be available on our website prior to 1 December 2019. More...

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...

Cases

Taylor v Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Department of Health [2019] FCA 1587INDUSTRIAL LAW – application for interlocutory injunctive relief in the context of proceedings alleging numerous instances of adverse action for exercise of workplace rights contrary to s 340(1) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) – interlocutory injunctive relief refused - Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) ss 340, 341, 342, 360, 361; Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) ss 15, 20; Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) s 19; Public Service Regulations 1999 (Cth) r 3.2.