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Private Health Regulation

Role of the Private Health Regulation

The Private Health Regulation is responsible for the strategic direction and management of a whole of state compliance, corrective action, clinical audit, operational and environmental safety and advisory role for the protection of the health and wellbeing of patients receiving health services at private health facilities, ensuring that the private health care sector complies with the accreditation, licensing and any other regulatory and legislative requirements of the Private Health Facilities Act 1999.

Private Health Facilities Act 1999

The Legislative Assembly passed the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 on the 23 November 1999. The main objective of the Act is to provide a framework to protect the health and wellbeing of patients receiving services at private health facilities.

Standards

The Private Health Facilities Act 1999 s(12) empowers the Chief Health Officer to make standards for the protection of the health and well being of patients receiving health services at private health facilities.

Application Requirements

These documents are a guide for applicants to the type of information required by the Chief Health Officer to make a decision on applications lodged under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999.

Clinical Services Capability Framework

The 'Clinical Services Capability Framework Public and Licensed Private Health Facilities and Companion Document for Licensed Private Health Facilities' specify the support services, staff profile, minimum safety standards and other requirements to be met in private health facilities to ensure safe and appropriately supported clinical services.

The aim of the Clinical Services Capability Framework is to provide a consistent language which health care providers and planners can use when describing health services and a tool for use when planning service developments. The level of a service describes the complexity of the clinical activity undertaken by that service, and is chiefly determined by the presence of medical, nursing, support and ancillary health care personnel who hold qualifications compatible with the defined level of care.

Reports

The Private Health Facilities Act 1999 s(144) requires licensees of private health facilities to submit reports to the Chief Health Officer.

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Fees

Under the Act, fees may be charged for various matters relating to approvals and licences, for the replacement of approvals and licences (eg. that have been lost), and for applications to make a "prescribed alteration" under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 s(63) of the Act. Fees are prescribed under Regulation and therefore GST exempt.

Queensland Development Code- Private Health Facilities Part 5.5

New building requirements for private health facilities are contained in Part 5.5 of the Queensland Development Code. The purpose of these requirements is to facilitate the safety and care of patients and the safety of staff and the public in private health facilities.

Self-Assessment Audit Tools

Self-Assessment Audit tools have been developed by the Private Health Regulation so as licensed facilities can measure compliance against standards.

Information Sheets

The Private Health Regulation Team have developed information sheets addressing common items that are identified during audits, questions that are asked or other information that may assist facilities to meet requirements:

Contact us

Private Health Regulation Team
Chief Health Officer Branch
Department of Health

Site Address:
Level 1, 15 Butterfield Street
HERSTON, 4006

Postal Address:
PO Box 2368
FORTITUDE VALLEY BC QLD 4006

Telephone: (07) 332 89051
Facsimile: (07) 332 89054
Email: Private_Health@health.qld.gov.au

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Last Updated: 20 January 2014
Last Reviewed: 18 August 2009