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    Making Queenslanders Australias healthiest people - Advancing health action
    In October 2005, the Queensland Government released the Action Plan – Building a better health service for Queensland (the Health Action Plan), to address issues arising from the Queensland Health Systems Review (Forster Review) and the Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry (Davies Inquiry). It is now timely to build on these reforms with a stronger focus on new and innovative non-hos

    Health Quality and Complaints Commission Report into Mackay Base Hospital
    Following concerns raised in the Commonwealth House of Representatives about the employment of Dr Abdalla Khalafalla as a specialist at Mackay Base Hospital from May 2004 to August 2006, the Minister for Health directed the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) to investigate the quality of health services at Mackay Base Hospital. All recommendations of the HQCC Report are supported by

    Making Tracks to Close Gap
    Under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), the Queensland Government has committed to closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation, and to halving the Indigenous mortality gap for children under five within a decade. A “Statement of Intent” on closing the gap was signed between the Australian Government and Indigenous Australian

    Public Hospitals Performance Report - June 2008
    Cabinet considered the Public Hospitals Performance Report for the June 2008 quarter. Hospital Activity The June 2008 quarter is a record quarter with a total of 219,295 admitted patient episodes of care, up by 10,438 or 5.0% from the same period last year. Over the last 3 years admitted patient episodes of care for the June quarter have increased by 13%. For the 2007-08 year, 865,534 patients

    Structural Reform of the Department of Health
    Following the Forster report (September 2005), the Minister for Health devolved significant accountability and decision-making from Corporate Office to three Area Health Services. In September 2006, the then 37 Health Service Districts were consolidated into 20 larger districts with greater independence from the Area Health Services, although Area Health Services functions remained unchanged. The

    presentation on ATSI child health
    At the Premier’s request, paediatrician Dr Richard Heazlewood and Dr Lara Weiland, a Cape York General Practitioner, addressed Cabinet regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health. Drs Heazlewood and Weiland also presented Cabinet with a copy of their paper on Indigenous disadvantage in Cape York entitled “Fight for Life”, which had been submitted to the Senate Select Committee on

    Response to the Coronor into Police Shooting Deaths
    In March 2008, the State Coroner handed down his findings from the inquest into four police shooting deaths. The deceased all had a history of mental illness, the symptoms of which brought them into contact with police, and were shot and killed in separate incidents between 2003 and 2006. The Coroner found that each of the four deaths was legally justifiable and the police acted in a reasonable

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report September 2008
    Cabinet considered the Public Hospitals Performance Report for the September 2008 quarter. Hospital Activity In the September quarter 2008 there was a total of 221,319 admitted patient episodes of care, up by 12,358 or 5.9% from the same period last year. Emergency Department Performance During the September quarter 2008 there were 277,109 emergency department presentations in Queensland’s 27 lar

    Health Practitioner Regulation (Admin Arrangements) National Law Bill 2008
    The Health Practitioner Regulation (Administrative Arrangements) National Law Bill 2008 (‘the Bill’) is to provide a national law, hosted by Queensland, that will facilitate the first stage development and implementation of the national registration and accreditation scheme for health practitioners (‘the national scheme’). The Bill is consistent with, and builds on, the Intergovernmental Agreeme

    Mater Public Health Bill 2008
    Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Ltd (the Mater) currently operates three public hospitals and three private hospitals at the Mater’s South Brisbane campus. Queensland Health provides funding to the Mater for the delivery of health services to public patients (public patient services) by the Mater public hospitals. Since 2002, the funding has been governed by a 20 year agreement and

    Queensland Drug Strategy 2006-2010
    The goal of the Queensland Drug Strategy 2006-2010, Queensland’s whole-of-Government policy for addressing drug issues, is to improve health, social and economic outcomes by preventing the uptake of harmful drug use and reducing the harmful effects of licit and illicit drugs in Queensland. The Strategy outlines and assists with the coordination of Queensland Government programs and initiatives, a

    Govt Response to Altruistic Surrogacy
    On 14 February 2008, the Legislative Assembly resolved to appoint the Investigation into Altruistic Surrogacy Committee (the Committee). On 8 October 2008, the Committee tabled its report in the Legislative Assembly, Investigation into the Decriminalisation and Regulation of Altruistic Surrogacy in Queensland (the Surrogacy Report). The Committee recommended that altruistic surrogacy be decrimina

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report - June 09
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. Hospital Activity Admitted patient episodes of care have increased by 5.3% from the same quarter last year and 2008-09 totals show an increase of 6.0% from the previous year, resulti

    Queensland Government response to the Smart State Council's sixth set of reports
    The Smart State Council was established in 2005 as a high-level advisory body to the Queensland Government on Smart State issues and trends. The Council is chaired by the Premier and includes Ministerial representation along with a Standing Committee comprising high level representatives from industry, academia and community sectors. Since the release of Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland in Septem

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Report - Dec 08
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report, provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. Hospital Activity In the December quarter 2008 there was a total of 218,908 admitted patient episodes of care, up by 12,284 or 5.9% from the same period last year. Emergency Departme

    Government Response to Review of the Organ and Tissue Donation Procedure Report
    The Review of the Organ and Tissue Donation Procedures Select Committee (Committee) of the Queensland Parliament was convened to investigate whether presumed consent should be introduced and whether there are other options that should be considered to improve organ and tissue donation rates in Queensland. The Report of the Committee was published on 28 October 2008. It does not support Queenslan

    Surrogacy - proposed Queensland model
    On 23 April 2009, the Premier and Minister for the Arts made a statement in Parliament announcing that the Queensland Government would decriminalise altruistic surrogacy and would move to develop a legal framework to allow the transfer of legal parentage from the birth mother in a surrogacy arrangement to a child’s intending parents in that arrangement. The proposed Queensland Model for the decri

    Revised Queensland Health Indemnity Policies
    Queensland Health has revised and updated its existing indemnity policies for medical practitioners and employees and other persons. All Queensland Health Human Resources policies are available to be accessed via the internet. Cabinet approved the release of the Indemnity for Queensland Health Medical Practitioners HR Policy. Cabinet approved the release of the Indemnity for Queensland Health E

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report - September 2009
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report, provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. Hospital Activity There were 230,790 admitted patient episodes of care, a record quarter for the number of hospital admissions, and a 3.9% increase from the same quarter last year.

    Qld Govt Submission to Senate Inquiry into Suicide in Australia
    On 10 September 2009, the Senate requested that the Community Affairs References Committee to conduct an inquiry into matters relating to the impact of suicide on the Australian community, including high risk groups such as Indigenous youth and rural communities. The Premier of Queensland was invited by the Chair of the Senate Committee to provide a written submission addressing issues relevant to

    Surrogacy Bill 2009
    The Surrogacy Bill 2009 (the Bill) decriminalises altruistic surrogacy; allows parties to enter into an altruistic surrogacy arrangement where a woman agrees to conceive and carry a child for another person or another person and that person’s spouse; and provides for a court to make an order for the transfer of the parentage of the child born as a result of the surrogacy arrangement. This is ac

    Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Bill 2009
    The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Bill 2009 (the Bill) is to provide the National Law, hosted by Queensland, that sets out the legal framework for the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions (the National Scheme). The Bill is the second stage of the National Law for the National Scheme and is consistent with the Council of Australian Governments (CO

    Surrogacy Bill 2009
    The draft Surrogacy Bill 2009 (the Bill) decriminalises altruistic surrogacy; allows parties to enter into an altruistic surrogacy arrangement where a woman agrees to conceive and carry a child for another person or another person and that person’s spouse; and provides for a court to make an order for the transfer of the parentage of the child born as a result of the surrogacy arrangement. This

    Report on the Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007-17
    The Queensland Plan for Mental Health 2007-2017 is a whole-of-Government strategy which identifies the actions and service development needed to improve access to quality mental health care. Implementation of the Plan has involved collaboration with a range of stakeholders including mental health service providers, consumers, government departments, and non-government organisations. Full implemen

    Vaccination Strategy and impact of Pandemic H1N1 2009
    Since the notification to Australia by the World Health Organisation of outbreaks of a novel strain of influenza on 24 April 2009, Queensland has been impacted by the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus. The health sector has primarily coordinated response efforts to date, focusing on measures to limit the spread and public health impacts of the disease including surveillance and monitoring, border control

    Queensland Government response to Chronic Disease in Queensland
    In April 2009, the Social Development Committee (the Committee), a select Parliamentary Committee, was directed by the Queensland Parliament to conduct an inquiry considering the impact of chronic diseases on Queensland communities and the steps that could be taken to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in Queensland communities. The Committee tabled its report (the Report) in Parliament on

    Inquiry into addressing Cannabis-Related Harm in Queensland
    In May 2009, the Social Development Committee was directed by the Legislative Assembly to conduct an inquiry (the Inquiry) into addressing cannabis-related harm in Queensland and report back to Parliament by 23 April 2010. The Queensland Government is greatly concerned about the impact of illicit drug use and supports whole-of-government action to address the harms of cannabis use for the Queens

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report - June Quarter 2010
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report, provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. The key aspects of the Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report - June quarter 2010 include the following: Hospital Activity There were 233,832 admitted patient episodes of care,

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report - December 2009
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. Hospital Activity During the December quarter 2009, there were 228,203 admitted patient episodes of care, a 3.7% increase from the same quarter of 2008. Elective Surgery Performance

    Community safety and alcohol reform
    In response to very high levels of alcohol related harm and violence, alcohol restrictions were rolled out in 19 discrete Indigenous communities. There was a review of the restrictions in 2008 which led to substantial reforms in alcohol management. Alcohol restrictions declared under the Liquor Act 1992 do not specify an end date. Stated government policy is that restrictions will remain in pla

    Health Legislation (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law) Amd Bill 2010
    The Health Legislation (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law) Amendment Bill 2010 (the Bill) provides for administrative and consequential amendments to Queensland legislation to support the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions (the National Scheme). The Bill is the third and final piece of the National Law for the National Scheme and i

    Cost of Food and Freight in Torres Strait
    In 2006, the cost of a basket of healthy food in the Torres Strait was 33.5 percent higher than in major cities and 23.2 percent higher than Townsville and Cairns. This is similar to other communities more than 2000 kilometres from Brisbane, including Indigenous communities in Cape York and the Gulf. High food prices are of particular concern in the context of the Torres Strait’s poor health outc

    Quarterly Public Hospitals Report - March 2010
    The Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report, provides an overview of Queensland public hospitals including: inpatient activity, elective surgery waiting times, emergency department presentations and staffing. Hospital Activity There were 225,923 admitted patient episodes of care, a 3.8% increase from the March 2009 quarter. Elective Surgery Performance Across all categories, the median w

    Measures to alleviate the cost of food and improve nutrition in the Torres Strait
    The relatively high cost of food (and the cost of living generally) combined with limited food choices and reduced affordability due to relatively low incomes, are major contributing factors to the incidence of chronic disease in the Torres Strait, particularly Type 2 diabetes mellitus. There is a range of interconnected supply and demand factors that adversely impact on the cost of food (and the

    Forensic Disability Bill 2011
    Queensland Government has previously committed to implementing recommendations 5.1 and 22 of the reports titled Promoting balance in the forensic mental health system – Final Report – Review of the Queensland Mental Health Act 2000 (Butler Report) and Challenging Behaviour and Disability – A Targeted Response (Carter Report) respectively. The implementation of these recommendations involves esta

    Learning Earning Active Places strategy
    Around 78 percent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland live in cities and towns. ‘LEAP: Learning Earning Active Places—a strategy for improving access to education, employment, health and housing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in urban and regional areas’ has been developed as part of the Government’s commitment to close the g

    Appointment of members to Hospital and Health Boards
    The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) objects is to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician engagem

    Appointment of Assisting Psychiatrists to Mental Health Court
    The Mental Health Court is established as a superior court of record under section 381 of the Mental Health Act 2000 (the Act). The court is constituted by a Supreme Court Judge and is generally assisted at any one time by two Assisting Psychiatrists. In accordance with section 383 of the Act, the Mental Health Court has the following jurisdiction (a) deciding appeals against decisions of the M

    Appointment to the Queensland Health Payroll inquiry
    Appointment and remuneration of a Commissioner to the Queensland Health Payroll inquiry Attorney-General and Minister for Justice In December 2012, Cabinet approved the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Health payroll system, subject to Governor in Council approval. The Commission is to conduct a comprehensive review of all aspects of the procurement and implementation

    Appointment to the Health Quality and Complaints Commission
    The Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) is constituted under the provisions of the Health Quality and Complaints Commission Act 2006 and its main objects are to provide for oversight and review of, and improvement in, the quality of health services, and independent review and management of health complaints. Section 149 of the Act provides for the appointment by the Governor in Council

    Appointment to the Speech Pathologists Board of Qld
    The Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland is constituted under the Speech Pathologists Registration Act 2001 and its main objectives are to provide for the registration of speech pathologists, protect the public by ensuring health care is delivered by registrants in a professional, safe and competent way and to uphold the standards of practice within the profession. Queensland is currently t

    Appointment of Assistant Commissioner Health Quality and Complaints Commission
    The Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC) is constituted under the provisions of the Health Quality and Complaints Commission Act 2006 (the Act) and its main objects are to provide for oversight and review of, and improvement in, the quality of health services, and independent review and management of health complaints. Section 149 of the Act provides for the appointment by Governor in

    Appointment of Deputy Chairs and members to Hospital and Health Boards
    The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) objects is to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician engagem

    Indemnity Arrangements for Hospital and Health Services
    The Council of Australian Governments’ National Health Reforms commence on 1 July 2012. From this date, statutory bodies, known as Hospital and Health Services, assume responsibility for the function of delivering hospital and other health services to Queensland on behalf of the State. Queensland Health will provide overall management of the health system. The Hospital and Health Service workforc

    Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2000
    The Queensland Mental Health Commission Bill 2012 establishes the first ever Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) to: Drive ongoing systemic reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and alcohol and other drugs system in Queensland; Lead coordinated action by government, non-government and private sector agencies which deliver services to people with

    Appointment of a Deputy Chair and Members to the Hospital and Health Boards
    The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) object is to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician engageme

    Health Practitioner and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012
    On 26 March 2008, the Council of Australian Governments signed an Intergovernmental Agreement to provide for a single national registration and accreditation scheme for health professions (the National Scheme). Health professions must meet six criteria for inclusion in the National Scheme. The dental technology and speech pathology professions have twice been denied inclusion into the National Sch

    Queensland Mental Health Commission Bill 2012
    The Queensland Mental Health Commission Bill 2012 (Bill) establishes the first ever Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) to: drive ongoing systemic reform towards a more integrated, evidence-based, recovery-oriented mental health and alcohol and other drugs system in Queensland; lead coordinated action by government, non-government and private sector agencies which deliver services to peop

    Appointments Cairns Mackay Childrens Health Hospital and Health Boards
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician

    Response to the Qld Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry recommendation
    On 13 December 2012, Executive Council appointed a Commission of Inquiry “to make a full and careful inquiry, in an open and independent manner, into the implementation of the Queensland Health payroll system. …”. The Honourable Richard Chesterman AO RFD QD opened Queensland Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry on 1 February 2013. The Inquiry received 171 exhibits and held 36 days of heari

    Response HealthCommunity Committee report Palliative and community care
    The Legislative Assembly referred the palliative care services and home and community care inquiry to the Health and Community Services Committee on 7 June 2012. The Committee submitted its report to the Legislative Assembly on 17 May 2013. According to the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001, the Premier or the relevant Minister must table a response to the Legislative Assembly/Clerk within three

    Appointment Qld Berghofer Medical Research Institute
    Established under section 3 of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Act 1945 Act (‘the Act’) for the purpose of research into any branch or branches of medical science, the Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (more commonly known as the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute) is responsible for the control and management of research work into any branch or branches

    Appointment Health Ombudsman
    The statutory office of Health Ombudsman is established under the Health Ombudsman Act 2013. The Health Ombudsman’s roles include undertaking investigations, inquiries and other relevant action and reporting on systemic issues relating to health service complaints. The Health Ombudsman will also report to the Minister for Health and the parliamentary committee on the administration of the hea

    Appointments Ministerial Health Infrastructure Advisory Council
    The establishment of the Ministerial Health Infrastructure Advisory Council (MHIAC) is a commitment of the Blueprint for better care in Queensland which outlines structural and cultural improvements to establish Queensland as the leader in Australian healthcare. The Blueprint, jointly issued by the Premier and Minister for Health in February 2013, recognises Queensland Health has previously had a

    Appointments Qld Board of Medical Board of Australia
    The Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia (QBMBA) is established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (‘the Act’). Its functions include making individual registration and notification decisions, based on national policies and standards on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia. Sections 36(5) and (6) of the Act stipulates that at least half, but no mo

    Response Land Protection Legislation Flying fox Control Bill 2012
    The Member for Dalrymple, Mr Shane Knuth MP, introduced the Land Protection Legislation (Flying-fox Control) Amendment Bill 2012 as a Private Member’s Bill on 21 June 2012. The Bill amends the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to control the health risks posed by flying-foxes. The policy intent of these amendments is to empower a landow

    Appointment to the Hospital and Health Boards
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician

    Appointment to the Mental Health Review Tribunal
    The Mental Health Review Tribunal is established under the Mental Health Act 2000. Its primary role is to provide independent review of persons subject to involuntary detention and treatment under the Act. The Tribunal conducts hearings for involuntary, including forensic, patients throughout Queensland. Sections 440(2) and 441(1) of the Act provide that members are appointed by the Governor in

    Appointment to the Qld Institute of Medical Research
    The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is established under the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Act 1945 and its main objective is to conduct research into any branch or branches of medicine. The QIMR Council consists of at least seven, but no more than 11, members appointed by the Governor in Council. In recommending persons to be appointed as members of the Council, the M

    Health Ombudsman Bill 2013
    The Health Ombudsman Bill 2013 aims to: protect the health and safety of the public; promote high standards of practice and service delivery by health service providers; and maintain public confidence in the State’s health service complaints management system. To achieve these aims, the Health Ombudsman Bill 2013 will provide for the statutory appointment of a Health Ombudsman to: receive health s

    Appointment of Commissioner to Queensland Mental Health Commission
    The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) will be established as an independent statutory body by the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 . The QMHC will provide strategic leadership for systemic reform and development to improve the services for Queenslander’s living with, or vulnerable to mental illness or substance misuse issues. This will be achieved through actions aimed at

    Appointment of members to the Hospital and Health Boards
    The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) objects are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician engage

    Appointments HIV Foundation Queensland
    On 31 October 2013, the Governor in Council approved the establishment of the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) via regulation as an independent body corporate under the Hospitals Foundations Act 1982, commencing 1 December 2013. The HIVFQ will assume the advisory role of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (MAC), which was established on 1 July 2012, and will also undertake additional

    Appointment Chairperson Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council
    Established under section 37 of the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 (‘the Act), the functions of the Queensland Mental Health Advisory Council (the Council) are to provide advice to the Queensland Mental Health Commission on mental health or substance misuse issues and to make recommendations to the Commission in relation to its functions. The Council will also act as champion for con

    Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
    The Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (the Bill) amends various Health portfolio Acts to support the policy initiatives of the Government, and to improve the effective operation of the relevant Acts. Key policy initiatives being given effect by the Bill include: amendment of the Public Health Act 2005 will establish the maternal death statistics collection to increase awareness of maternal de

    Police and Community Safety final report
    In November 2012, the Queensland Government announced a review of the police and community safety portfolio to identify opportunities to improve efficiency, quality, and accessibility to front line services and to recommend ways to eliminate duplication and waste. Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, was appointed review the review team. The final report of the Police and Co

    Review of Gene Technology and government response
    The Gene Technology Act 2001 (the Queensland Act) is Queensland’s component of the regulatory scheme for gene technology in Australia. The object of the Queensland Act is to protect the health and safety of people, and to protect the environment, by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and by managing the risks by regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organ

    Appointments to Mental Health Review Tribunal
    The Mental Health Review Tribunal is established under the Mental Health Act 2000. Its primary role is to provide independent review of persons subject to involuntary detention and treatment under the Act. The Tribunal conducts hearings for involuntary, including forensic, patients throughout Queensland. Hearing Panels are composed of three categories of members: legal; psychiatrist; and other p

    Mental Health Court - Appointment of Assisting Psychiatrists
    The primary function of the Mental Health Court (the Court) is to determine soundness of mind and fitness for trial of persons referred to the Court whom are facing criminal proceedings. This ensures mentally ill and intellectually disabled offenders are moved from the criminal justice system into the mental health system. The Court determines the mental condition of persons charged with indictabl

    Appointments to Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council
    Established under section 37 of the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 (‘the Act’), the functions of the Queensland Mental Health Advisory Council (the Council) are to provide advice to the Queensland Mental Health Commission on mental health or substance misuse issues and to make recommendations to the Commission in relation to its functions. The Council will also act as champion for co

    Response to Private Members Bill Public Health (Exclusion of Unvaccinated Children from Child Care) Amendment Bill
    On 23 May 2013, Mrs Jo-Ann Miller MP, Member for Bundamba, introduced the Private Member’s Bill, Public Health (Exclusion of Unvaccinated Children from Child Care) Amendment Bill 2013 (the Bill). The object of this Bill is to give a person in charge of an education and care service or child care service the ability to refuse that a child who is not fully immunised be enrolled in the child care fac

    Appointments to Qld Hospital and Health Boards
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: (a) strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician engagemen

    Review of the Mental Health Act 2000
    On 28 June 2013, the Minister for Health announced a review of the Mental Health Act 2000 to better support mental health strategies and community needs. An initial round of public consultation was undertaken in July-August 2013 to identify areas for improvements in the Act. Based on stakeholder feedback, and analysis and research undertaken for the review, it has been concluded that the Act is

    Queensland Government Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Health
    On 25 June 2014, the Senate established the Select Committee on Health to inquire into and report on health policy, administration and expenditure and provide a final report to the Senate on 20 June 2016, with submissions invited by 19 September 2014. The establishment of the committee follows the 2014-15 Commonwealth budget, announced on 13 May 2014, which proposed a range of measures that reduce

    Appointments to health panels of assessors
    In accordance with the Health Ombudsman Act 2013, panels of assessors contribute to upholding professional standards by providing expert advice in response to questions of fact from judicial members who constitute the independent Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). QCAT deals with serious disciplinary matters which, if substantiated, may result in the cancellation or suspension of

    Appointment of members to Hospital and Health Boards
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician eng

    Public Health Childcare Vaccination Amendment Bill 2015
    The Public Health (Childcare Vaccination) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 amends the Public Health Act 2005 to give the person in charge of an education and care service, approved under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) or the Education and Care Services Act 2013, the discretion to refuse enrolment and/or attendance of an unvaccinated child, unless the child: has

    Participation in the national eHealth agenda
    Progressing a nationally coordinated approach to eHealth provides the national standards, specifications and infrastructure needed to be able to connect information systems across health settings (general practitioners, specialists, hospitals), and ensure the seamless availability of key health information. Continuing a nationally coordinated effort (as opposed to each state and territory impleme

    Appointment of Hospital and Health Board members
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician en

    Improving mental health outcomes for young people in North Queensland and review of fatal mental health events
    Rebuilding intensive mental healthcare for young people in North Queensland The Government’s election commitment Rebuilding intensive mental healthcare for young people, proposes an expansion of services in Townsville for young people with serious mental health issues and includes the following components: establish youth residential rehabilitation facilities for up to eight young people; and est

    Response to Report on Auditor General Reports on Private practice arrangements in Qld hospitals
    In late 2012, the Crime and Misconduct Commission reported significant findings to Government in relation to the operation of Right of Private Practice (RoPP) arrangements in Queensland Health. The report highlighted that the scheme was not managed effectively. In November 2012, the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) commenced an audit into the RoPP arrangements in Queensland Health to determine wheth

    Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015-17
    Queenslanders consume alcohol at risky levels, smoke tobacco daily and use other drugs including illegal drugs at levels which exceed national rates. While not everyone who uses these drugs will become dependent, many experience harms which can have a significant impact on their mental and physical health and their ability to contribute to the community. In Queensland drug use accounts for an es

    Appointment to the Mental Health Review Tribunal
    The Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) is established under the Mental Health Act 2000 for the purposes of reviewing the involuntary status of persons with mental illnesses. The Tribunal consists of a full time President and other members, including psychiatrists, community members, psychosurgeons, lawyers and other persons with relevant qualifications and/or experience. Under section 44

    Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    The Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill) amends various Health portfolio Acts to support the implementation of policy initiatives to protect and improve the health of Queenslanders, and to improve operation of the relevant Acts. In particular, the Bill amends: the Food Act 2006 to establish a statewide menu labelling scheme and to enable the chief executive of Queensland Health to aut

    Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2015
    The purpose of the Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse-to-Patient and Midwife-to-Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill) is to provide a legislative framework to enable nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios and workload provisions to be mandated in public sector health service facilities. The Bill implements the Government’s commitment in the Nursing Guarantee policy to legislat

    Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Smoke Free Places) Amendment Bill 2015
    The Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Smoke-Free Places) Amendment Bill 2015 amends the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 to: create more smoke-free public places across Queensland prohibit the sale of smoking products from temporary retail outlets make minor and technical amendments to clarify or strengthen Queensland’s tobacco laws. The objective of the Bill is to strengthen existing

    Appointment Childrens Health Queensland Hospital and Health Board
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician eng

    Appointment Townsville Hospital and Health Board
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician eng

    Report on investigation into asbestos related health concerns from former factories
    In October 2014, the former Government announced an investigation of asbestos-related health concerns in relation to the operation of asbestos factories at Gaythorne and Newstead in Queensland. The Wunderlich factory, located at 51 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, opened in October 1936 for the manufacture of asbestos cement. The James Hardie factory, located at the corner of Longland Street and Breakfas

    Improved health services at Wynnum
    Metro South Hospital and Health Service has been working with the Department of Health to develop a plan in respect to the provision of health services in Wynnum. The plan involves the following key elements: a new Wynnum Integrated Health Care Centre – which provides oral health services, breast screening services, allied health as well as addiction and mental health services, new specialist out

    Appointment Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland, having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician en

    Appointment of assisting psychiatrists to Mental Health Court
    Established under section 381 of the Mental Health Act 2000, the Mental Health Court: determines the mental condition of persons charged with indictable offences decides on appeals against decisions made by the Mental Health Review Tribunal considers other matters relating to the detention of patients and applications for changing forensic orders. It also has special powers of inquiry into the

    Appointment to Council of Queensland Institute of Medical Research
    The Queensland Institute of Medical Research is established under section 3 of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Act 1945 Act (‘the Act’) for the purpose of research into any branch or branches of medical science. Section 4 of the Act provides that Membership of the Council consists of at least seven, but not more than 11, members appointed by the Governor in Council. Section 5B of the

    Addressing Crystal Methamphetamine (Ice) in Queensland
    The upsurge in the use of ice in Australia has had a chaotic effect on many individuals, families and communities and Queensland has not been exempt from this growing national and international problem. While Queensland will continue to work collaboratively with all other Australian Governments through the National Ice Taskforce to develop a National Ice Action Strategy, it is important that Quee

    Mental Health Bill 2015
    A Draft Mental Health Bill was released for a two-month consultation period to 26 June 2015. An extensive range of consultation workshops and meetings were held during the consultation period. Feedback provided during consultation indicated strong support for the Bill from most stakeholders. Mental health consumers and their representative groups were particularly supportive of the provisions of t

    Early Action - Queensland Mental Health Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015-2017
    The Queensland Government is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders and to reducing the incidence, severity and duration of mental illness and mental health problems. Good mental health and wellbeing affects our ability to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to the community. However many people experience poor mental health wit

    Establishment of Radiation Oncology Service at Rockhampton Regional Cancer Centre
    Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has a multidisciplinary team including public medical oncologists, haematologists, nurses, allied health staff, pharmacists, and technical staff to support a best practice radiation oncology service, but does not have the necessary specialised workforce to deliver the radiation oncology service itself. Radiation oncology service at Rockhampton would p

    Health and Ambulance Services Committee Report No 2 Inquiry into personal health promotion interventions
    The Inquiry into personal health promotion interventions using telephone and web-based technologies, Report No. 2, details the findings of the Health and Ambulance Services Committee in relation to the evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health coaching interventions, specifically those which relate to increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing weight. The

    Queensland Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2015-2017
    The Queensland Government is committed to reducing suicide and its impact on Queenslanders. In 2014, an estimated 627 Queenslanders died by suicide. While the suicide rate in Queensland has been relatively stable at 13.3 per 100,000, it continues to exceed the national average of 10.8 per 100,000 and is higher than that experienced in most other States and Territories. For every suicide an estima

    National Injury Insurance Scheme (Queensland) Bill 2016
    The establishment of a National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) alongside the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was recommended by the Productivity Commission in its 2011 Inquiry Report, Disability Care and Support. The Productivity Commission proposed that a NIIS would cover the lifetime (i.e. until death) care and support needs of catastrophically injured people across four main stream

    Government Response - Health and Ambulance Services Committee Report - Mental Health and Mental Health Recovery Model Bills 2015
    The Health and Ambulance Services Committee released a Report on the Mental Health Bill 2015 and the Mental Health (Recovery Model) Bill 2015. The Committee’s Report makes 15 recommendations. The Committee was unable to make a recommendation on whether either Bill should be passed, with Government members supporting the Mental Health Bill 2015 and Opposition members supporting the Private Member’s

    Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016
    The purpose of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2015 is to provide a regulatory framework to facilitate treatment with medicinal cannabis, while also preventing unauthorised use of such products. Under this proposed regulatory framework, the supply chain of medicinal cannabis will be extremely tight. A medical practitioner who believes their patient may benefit from treatment with medi

    Government Response - Health Legislation Waiting List Integrity Amendment Bill 2015
    On 19 May 2015, the Queensland Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle, introduced the Health Legislation (Waiting List Integrity) Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill), proposing amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 and the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011, to provide for the auditing and reporting of data relating to waiting times for patients of Hospital and Health Services. The Health and Ambul

    Government response to Inquiry into fire fighting foam contamination
    Fire-fighting foam containing the chemicals perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used in fire-fighting and fire-fighting training from the 1970s to the early-mid 2000s. Use of the foams has occurred at sites such as civil airports, military air bases, large fuel storage terminals and refineries, and ports. A plume of groundwater contaminated with PFOS and PFOA, a

    Appointments to Safe Food Production QLD Board
    Safe Food Production QLD (Safe Food) is a statutory authority established under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. Safe Food is required to develop, implement and administer food safety schemes, based on national standards, for a range of primary produce. Food safety schemes for the seafood, meat, dairy, egg and horticulture (seed sprouts) sectors have been implemented. Safe Food has a board

    Legislation (Declaration) Amendment Bill 2016
    The Legislation (Declaration) Amendment Bill 2016 validates the Mental Health Act 2016 and the Racing Integrity Act 2016 and, in particular, validates the assent given to both Acts. The Bill is required because the Acts as assented to differ from the Acts as passed by the Legislative Assembly. The difference is the result of administrative errors made in the Acts presented for assent. Cabinet app

    Queensland an age friendly community strategic direction statement
    The proposed seniors strategy follows the ‘age-friendly community’ model developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and is comprised of eight domains: social participation; transportation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; community support and health services; housing; and outdoor spaces and buildings. Queensland: an age-friend

    Public Health (Water Risk Management) Amendment Bill 2016
    The Bill amends the Public Health Act 2005 to implement a legislative framework that: improves the management and control of health risks associated with the supply and use of water in hospitals and residential aged care facilities, in particular the health risks associated with Legionella bacteria; and provides greater transparency of water testing activities being undertaken by facilities. The B

    Appointments to Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council
    Established under the Queensland Mental Health Commission Act 2013 (the Act), the functions of the Council are to provide advice to the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) on mental health or substance misuse issues and to make recommendations to the QMHC in relation to its functions. The Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council consists of the number of persons considered appropr

    Appointments to Radiation Advisory Council
    The functions of the Radiation Advisory Council (RAC) are to examine, and make recommendations to the Minister, about the operation and application of the Radiation Safety Act 1999 (the Act) and other issues relating to radiation safety standards. The RAC may also conduct research into radiation practices, including the transportation of radioactive materials, within Queensland. The RAC consists o

    My Health Queensland Future - Advancing Health 2026
    A vision and 10 year strategy for the health system in Queensland has been developed, “My Health, Queensland’s Future: Advancing Health 2026” (Advancing Health 2026), that recognises that to continue to improve health outcomes it is imperative that the entire health system across all sectors works together with a shared vision for the future healthcare of Queenslanders. Advancing Health 2026 outli

    Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016
    The Government is committed to assisting rural producers and communities across the State that are affected by debt and unprecedented drought conditions. With 83.92% of the State drought-declared, the additional $77.9 million in funding over five years for the Rural Assistance and Drought Package provided in the 2016-17 Budget comes at a crucial time for rural and regional Queensland. The $36 mill

    Gene Technology Queensland Bill 2016
    Gene technology activities in Australia are regulated through an integrated national legislative scheme which aims to protect the health and safety of people and the environment by identifying and managing risks. State, Territory and Commonwealth legislation are all required to achieve a nationally consistent scheme to provide full regulatory coverage for gene technology. Currently, Queensland’s g

    Appointments to Hospital and Health Boards
    The objects of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) are to establish a public sector health system that delivers high quality hospital and other health services to persons in Queensland having regard to the principles and objectives of the national health system by: strengthening local decision-making and accountability, local consumer and community engagement, and local clinician eng

    Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016
    The purpose of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 is to provide a regulatory framework to facilitate treatment with medicinal cannabis, while also preventing unauthorised use of such products. The Bill provides two pathways for a patient to receive treatment with medicinal cannabis: Under the single-patient prescriber pathway, a medical practitioner who believes their patient may be

    Draft Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021
    The Queensland Government is developing a Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 (Sexual Health Strategy), which aims to support healthy and safe sexual experiences based on respect and consent, and to provide Queenslanders with the knowledge required to maintain optimal sexual and reproductive health. A key action of the Sexual Health Strategy is to improve sexual health outcomes for priori

    Connecting Care to Recovery - Plan for Queensland State-funded Mental Health Alcohol and other Drug Services 2016-21
    Connecting Care to Recovery - A Plan for Queensland’s State Funded Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services 2016-2021 (the Plan) provides an overarching framework to link significant new initiatives and ensure their coordination and integration within an ongoing program of mental health, alcohol and other drug reforms for the State. The Plan aligns with the directions articulated in My healt

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders are resilient with cultures and customs continuing to be a source of strength and pride and the foundation for good social and emotional wellbeing. However there is a significant gap in mental health and life outcomes with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders being more likely to: experience psychological distress; be hospitalised for m

    Queensland Rural and Remote Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2016-18
    Rural and remote Queensland is home to just over 1.65 million Queenslanders from diverse backgrounds. While some communities in rural and remote areas are thriving and growing, others are facing significant adversity and uncertainty and are at risk of experiencing lower levels of wellbeing. This contributes to higher suicide rates and a higher proportion using alcohol and other drugs. Lower wellb

    Response to Inquiry into tobacco licensing in Queensland - Committee Report No.19
    In October 2015, the Legislative Assembly referred an inquiry into licensing arrangements in Queensland to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee. As part of its inquiry, the Committee examined and considered the history of tobacco control and usage, types of tobacco licensing schemes, arrangements in other jurisdictions and international research.

    Commission of Inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre
    The Queensland Government publicly committed to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the decisions and circumstances surrounding the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre at Wacol (BAC). The Commission of Inquiry will make full and careful inquiry into the: decision to close the BAC and cease the on-site integrated education program delivered by the BAC Special School; alternatives considere

    Government response to contamination caused by perfluorinated aqueous fire-fighting foams
    Fire-fighting foam containing the chemicals perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used in fire-fighting and fire-fighting training from the 1970s to the early-mid 2000s. Use of the foams has occurred at various Australian sites including civil airports, military air bases, large fuel storage terminals and refineries, and ports. A plume of groundwater contaminated

    Responding to Crystal Methamphetamine in Queensland
    Ice is having a significant adverse impact across many Queensland communities. The increasing prevalence of the drug’s use, the disproportionate levels of harm it can cause, as well as the involvement of organised crime in its production, supply and distribution means that a coordinated whole of government response is needed to tackle this growing problem. Action on Ice is the Queensland Governmen

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