Register of doctors and medical providers
The register provides a list of providers who have been approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) to carry out particular examinations or assessments for coal mine workers. These are:
- carrying out, supervising or reporting on health assessments
- providing spirometry or spirometry training
- taking or examining chest X-rays.
Providers need to meet registration criteria and on-going requirements.
The register is one of the reforms introduced by the department to improve the early detection of coal workers' pneumoconiosis and other mine dust lung diseases in Queensland coal miners.
This guide explains how doctors and medical providers can apply to be registered.
Transition to mandatory requirements
The use of providers from the register is currently voluntary. From 1 March 2019, the use of approved providers will become mandatory as changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 come into effect.
Under the new rules, only approved providers will be able to undertake these scheme functions from this date.
Providers listed on the voluntary register immediately prior to 1 March 2019 will be taken to be an approved provider. They will have 2 years to formally apply and be approved. Alternative arrangements will apply for B-readers.
Providers that aren't voluntarily registered by this date will need to apply to be approved under the new rules before carrying out a scheme function. These providers will need to be appropriately qualified and fit and proper to carry out the scheme functions. This may include accreditation requirements for some types of providers.
The deadline to apply for the voluntary register is 1 February 2019 (or 22 February for B-readers). This is to allow us to process outstanding applications by 1 March 2019. B-readers have longer to apply because they were added to the register later.