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.
Registration requirements for spirometry practices
Spirometry practices must meet the following requirements to be added to the register:
- All individuals undertaking spirometry testing for coal mine workers must have completed a spirometry training course in the last 3 years.
- Spirometry tests must be performed in accordance with the Queensland Health Spirometry (adult) guideline (PDF, 430KB).
- Copies of spirometry reports must be saved to enable longitudinal assessment.
The equipment used in the practice must:
- meet the ATS/ERS guidelines as noted in the Queensland Health Spirometry (adult) guideline (PDF, 430KB)
- undergo preventative maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer's directions
- be regularly calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer's direction
- undergo biological control testing in accordance with the Queensland Health Spirometry (adult) guideline (PDF, 430KB).
New spirometry standards
In partnership with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed new standards for conducting spirometry tests and spirometry training courses:
- Standards for the delivery of spirometry for coal miner workers (PDF, 582KB)
- Standards for spirometry training (PDF, 289KB)
- TSANZ spirometry logbook
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.
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.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) has engaged Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) to deliver accreditation services for medical providers that offer services to Queensland coal mine workers.
QIP will implement a new accreditation process for doctors, spirometry practices and X-ray imaging clinics. Although QIP will manage the accreditation process, DNRM will provide oversight of the service and continue to publish the register of medical providers.
The accreditation process will be rolled out in 2018.
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.
For help with your application call (07) 3199 7967 or email email@example.com.