05 Jan 2017
We note the release on 16 December 2016 of the Queensland Government’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee report on their inquiry into the performance of the Health Ombudsman's functions pursuant to section 179 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013.
We welcome the Committee’s recommendations, including that:
AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher said AHPRA will continue to focus on the importance of working collaboratively with the OHO.
‘For regulation to strengthen public safety, a timely, consistent and effective system for managing complaints about regulated health practitioners is critical'.
‘Sharing information in a streamlined and timely way and quickly addressing any data issues as they arise is important to make sure the system works well for the public and practitioners in Queensland and nationally'.
‘Much work is already underway with the OHO to achieve just that and build on the regulatory work that we do together to protect the public'.
‘The Queensland Government response and any proposed legislative amendments, will be considering fully by AHPRA and National Boards.’