Register of doctors and medical providers
The register is a list of providers approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) to carry out functions under the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme. These functions are:
- carrying out, supervising or reporting on health assessments
- providing spirometry or spirometry training
- taking or examining chest X-rays.
Providers must meet entry and other ongoing requirements to be an approved provider on the register.
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 an approved provider.
Transition to mandatory requirements
From 1 March 2019, the use of approved providers is mandatory as changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 come into effect.
Under the new rules, only approved providers can undertake these scheme functions from this date. It is an offence to carry out a scheme function without approval.
Providers listed on the voluntary register immediately prior to 1 March 2019 were taken to be approved providers. They have 2 years to formally apply and be approved.
Providers that weren't voluntarily registered by 1 March 2019 must 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 includes accreditation requirements for some types of providers. However, nominated medical advisers appointed by an employer immediately prior to 1 March 2019 but not registered with DNRME have until 1 March 2020 to apply and be approved by DNRME under the transitional arrangements.