Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has a commitment to ensuring the highest level of ethics in our organisation. As such, we support public interest disclosures.
Public interest disclosures mean the disclosure of information specified in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2010(sections 12 and 13) and made to an appropriate public sector entity that has the responsibility or power to take appropriate action about the information disclosed or to provide an appropriate remedy.
Maladministration that adversely affects a person’s interests in a substantial and specific way
A substantial misuse of public resources
A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
How to make a disclosure
A person can make a public interest disclosure to the following:
Your manager or supervisor (if you are a staff member)
The Chief Executive, or the Manager of Employment Relations, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (contact details as follows):
Manager of Employment Relations: Bundaberg
4150 2831 PO Box 34, Bundaberg QLD 4670
Manager of Employment Relations: Fraser Coast
4325 6111 PO Box 592, Hervey Bay QLD 4655
The Health Service Chief Executive, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
PO Box 34, Bundaberg QLD 4670
Disclosures can additionally be made externally to:
the Crime and Corruption Commission, if it concerns official misconduct
the Queensland Ombudsman, if it concerns maladministration
a member of the Legislative Assembly.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service's commitment
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service encourages any person who considers that they have witnessed wrongdoing to come forward and make a disclosure. We aspire to an organisational climate where members of the public and staff feel confident and comfortable about making a disclosure of wrongdoing.
We believe that we have an obligation to deal with wrongdoing in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. Every employee has an ethical responsibility to disclose wrongdoing and any disclosure is in accordance with the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service's ethical culture and in particular, acting with integrity. Section 9 of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 places an obligation on all Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service employees to disclose fraud, corruption and maladministration.
Further to this, the obligation to report wrongdoing is reflected in Principle 1 of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct. Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service believes staff who come forward with disclosures of wrongdoing are acting as exemplary organisational citizens by assisting us in promoting openness, accountability and good management.