Queensland Health to deploy nurse, midwife management system

New system aims to better manage deployment of midwives and temporary nurses in regional and remote parts of the state

Queensland Health will centralise the deployment, procurement and management of rural nurses and midwifes in the state.

A new IT system will go-live later this year and will apply to all rural Queensland nursing agency services.

According to department tender documents, the internal management service will provide a low clinical service risk, use "service governance mechanisms", and provide a "fiscally responsible approach" to service cost recovery.

The agency expects the system will be progressively implemented state-wide commencing with a trial and incremental rollout to metropolitan facilities, other South-East Queensland health service districts, and then other regional centres.

Queensland Health employs more than 70,000 people and delivers services through a network of 15 health services districts and the Mater Hospital.

The state government in Feburary planned to launch a website, similar to the Federal Government’s My School initiative, to provide access to data about emergency department access block, wait times, and attendance by hospital and by triage category.

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