Spirometry (lung function) practice registration
This page explains the requirements for approved practices that provide spirometry (lung function) tests under the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme.
Please read the information below before you apply using the online form.
Spirometry practices must be appropriately qualified and fit and proper to carry out the scheme function.
Part A – Appropriately qualified
Accreditation with QIP
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has engaged Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) to deliver accreditation services for medical providers that offer services to Queensland coal mine workers.
The accreditation requirements are set out on the QIP website. To achieve accreditation, practices must provide evidence that they meet the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) standards for the delivery of spirometry for coal mine workers (PDF, 567KB). Please note that this accreditation is for the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme and is separate to the general practice accreditation offered by Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL).
You must hold a current accreditation with QIP as a spirometry practice to be approved by DNRME.
Part B – Fit and proper
In deciding whether an applicant (i.e. a person for the purposes of a supervising doctor, examining doctor or B-reader application; or a practice/organisation for the purposes of a spirometry practice, x-ray imaging practice or spirometry training provider application) is fit and proper to carry out a scheme function, the Chief Executive (or delegate) may have regard to the following:
- whether the person has any conditions, undertakings or reprimands on their registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- whether the person is subject to any current disciplinary or other legal proceedings relating to their role
- whether the person, the practice/organisation or any relevant employees (being radiographers or persons provider spirometry or spirometry training) have been convicted of an offence against the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) or the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (Qld)
- any other issue relevant to whether the person or practice/organisation will likely carry out, or be perceived to carry out, examinations or assessments to the standards expected of their profession.
An applicant must disclose all relevant information in the application or renewal form.
Duration of approval and renewal
Approvals are provided for a term of up to 5 years, and are generally for 5 years. An approved provider may apply for a renewal of the provider's approval, at least 3 months before the term of the approval ends.
Conditions of approval
Approved doctors and medical service providers are required to comply with conditions of approval to remain as approved providers. These conditions detail a number of matters including:
- your obligations as an approved provider
- the roles and responsibilities required under the Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme
- confidentiality and record-keeping obligations
- a mechanism for audit.
If we amend an approval to impose a condition or vary a condition of the approval you will be advised before the amendment takes effect.
Lodging your application
To lodge your application you must:
- complete the online application form
- attach supporting documentation, as indicated
- make the declaration before submitting the application.
You will receive an email confirming your application has been successfully lodged.
How your application is assessed
We will review your application to ensure it has been completed correctly and that all necessary documentation has been provided.
If your application is approved, we will notify you and your contact details will be published on the register.
If your application does not indicate that you meet the requirements for approval, or further information is required, you will be notified and given the opportunity to provide further information in support of your application before a decision is made.
We will decide your application within 3 months after the application is made or a longer period by agreement.
Review of decisions
If your application isn't approved, you can apply for an internal review within 28 days of being notified of the decision.
A further review by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal is provided under the legislation. Further details will be provided if your application is unsuccessful.
For help with your application, phone (07) 3199 7967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.