Spirometry (lung function) practice registration

This page explains the requirements for registration as a practice that provides spirometry (lung function) tests for coal mine workers. Please read the information below before you apply using the online form.

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Registration requirements for spirometry practices

Spirometry practices must meet the following requirements to be added to the register:

Staff training

  • All individuals undertaking spirometry testing for coal mine workers must have completed a spirometry training course in the last 3 years.

Procedures

Equipment

The equipment used in the practice must:

New spirometry standards

In partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand has developed new standards for conducting spirometry tests and spirometry training courses:

Complying with the new standards

The new standards replace the Queensland Health Spirometry (adult) guideline. Although the standards are based on the same best practice requirements, they have been developed specifically for use in the health assessment of Queensland coal mine workers, and include detailed requirements around interpretation and spirometry training.

Registered spirometry providers will need to transition to these standards by the end of 2017, with the exception of the new requirements for spirometry training for personnel. The other personnel requirements (i.e. regular completion of tests and log books) will need to be met by the end of 2017.

Spirometry training

DNRM intends to introduce a registration process for spirometry training courses before the end of 2017. Once this process is available, registered spirometry practices will be notified and advised of a transitional period to meet the new requirements for spirometry training for personnel.

In developing this process, it is anticipated that previous training courses that are consistent with the new spirometry training standards will be recognised.

Initial registration criteria for doctors and medical providers have been developed following the outcomes of consultation processes and advice from medical experts. These criteria are being progressively enhanced as standards and training programs are developed. To maintain registration, doctors and medical providers must meet these standards and will need to comply with ongoing audit requirements.

Terms and conditions

Registered doctors and medical service providers are required to comply with the terms and conditions set out in the declaration to remain on the register. These terms and conditions detail:

  • the roles and responsibilities required under the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme
  • confidentiality and record-keeping obligations
  • a mechanism for audit and enhancement of registration requirements.

Registered providers will be given reasonable notice of any changes to the operation of the register.

Lodging your application

To lodge your application you must:

  • complete the online registration form
  • attach supporting documentation, as indicated
  • agree to the terms and conditions 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.

We will assess your application against the registration criteria and will generally notify you of our decision within 20 business days of receiving a correctly completed application.

If your application is approved, your contact details will be published on the register.

If your application does not meet the registration criteria, 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.

Internal review of decisions

If your application isn’t approved, you can apply in writing for an internal review within 20 business days of being notified of the decision. Further details will be provided if your application is unsuccessful.

Further information

For help with your application call (07) 3199 7967 or email minehealthregister@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

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