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    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    2nd Inquiry Will Check Health Systems To Aim For Better Results

    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    2nd Inquiry Will Check Health Systems To Aim For Better Results

    The Queensland Government will go further than holding a Commission of Inquiry into matters arising from the appointment of Dr Jayant Patel by also holding a major review of Queensland Health's administration, management and performance systems.

    "I want to reassure all Queenslanders that they can have confidence in our health system," said Mr Beattie.

    "So at the same time that the Commission of Inquiry is examining a wide range of issues arising from the appointment of Dr Patel, there will also be a review of Queensland Health systems.

    "Research, technology and new techniques are resulting in enormous changes taking place in the delivery of health services around the world and this Review is designed to provide the best possible systems to run the Smart State's health services.

    "This additional Review of Queensland Health Systems which Cabinet agreed to today along with the Commission of Inquiry amount to the most significant and far-reaching examination of Queensland Health in living memory.

    "It will be headed by Peter Forster of The Consultancy Bureau, a man of great experience and reputation in reviewing government bureaucracy who played a key role in the Fitzgerald Inquiry into corruption and was responsible for ensuring the implementation of the recommendations of the Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry into child abuse.

    "The review was suggested by the AMA and its objective is to review administrative and workforce management systems to see if we can provide even better results for patients.

    "The review of administrative systems will examine whether improvements can be made to provide better results for patients by focusing on: - District and corporate organisational structures and layers of decision making; - Corporate planning and budgeting systems; - Cost effectiveness of services compared to relevant jurisdictions; - Effectiveness of performance reporting and monitoring systems; - Organisation and delivery of clinical support services - in other words, do our doctors, nurses and allied health workers receive the support they deserve? - Risk management systems; - Quality and safety systems; and - Clinical audit and governance systems.

    "The review of workforce management systems will examine whether improvements can be made to: - Recruitment; - Retention; - Training; - Clinical leadership; and - Measures to help in improving the availability of clinicians - the professionals in the healthcare industry who are involved in the direct care of patients' physical or mental health.

    "This last point is crucial because at the moment there is a worldwide lack of trained nurses and doctors.

    "Australia does not train enough doctors and we, as a first world country, are poaching doctors trained by third world countries which don't have enough doctors of their own.

    "The review of performance management systems will include: - Asset management and capital works planning and delivery; - Information management; and - Monitoring health system results.

    "This will ensure that we are producing the best results possible for Queenslanders."

    Contact: 3224 4500 April 26, 2005.

    Queensland Health Systems Review

    Terms of Reference

    Objective: To undertake a review of the performance of Queensland Health's administrative and workforce management systems with a focus on improving health outcomes for Queenslanders.

    To specifically review:

    1. Existing administrative systems and recommend improvements to support health service delivery, focussing on:

    - District and corporate organisational structures and layers of decision making; - Corporate planning and budgeting systems - Cost effectiveness of services compared to relevant jurisdictions - Effectiveness of performance reporting and monitoring systems - Organisation and delivery of clinical support services - Risk management systems; - Quality and safety systems; and - Clinical audit and governance systems.

    2. Clinical workforce management systems to deliver high quality health services, with a particular focus on:

    - Recruitment; - Retention; - Training; - Clinical leadership; and - Measures to assist in improving the availability of clinicians.

    3. Performance management systems including as they relate to:

    - Asset management and capital works planning and delivery - Information management - Monitoring health system outcomes