Centre of Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit, in collaboration with Torres and Cape HHS and Workforce Strategy Branch are leading the development of Queensland Health’s governance process to support and employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners. Assisting the transition to new arrangements are a range of supporting tools, including a governance framework, Practice Plan template, and clinical assessment tools.
These governance tools also meet recent amendments to the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (Regulation). These changes will enhance the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners working in isolated practice areas in Hospital and Health Services. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Pracitioners will be authorised to use scheduled medicines according to drug therapy protocols, and health management protocols, and as defined in an individual practice plan.
The project has successfully navigated healthcare system challenges to deliver change, improvement and innovation in the health service and has presented at the Clinical Excellence Queensland Showcase 2019.