29 Apr 2021
The Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation Queensland (ASMOFQ) and Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland have continued to fight for the safety of frontline health workers by supporting a Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU) dispute before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
The current QNMU case continues advocacy started by ASMOFQ last year that secured a commitment from Queensland Health to deliver a consistent program of fit-testing for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff.
In April 2020, Queensland Health provided assurances to ASMOFQ, “…that there was a significant amount of training occurring right across the system right in donning and doffing of PPE and fit-testing for N95 masks.”
This week, Queensland Health presented an audit to the QIRC that revealed major inconsistencies and gaps in fit-testing being conducted by Hospital and Health Services (HHSs).
ASMOFQ President Dr Hau Tan said many doctors and nurses are still not fit-tested, and this places them at risk.
“The HHSs must roll-out a consistent program of fit-testing throughout the state.
“Sufficient supplies of the various mask sizes must also be available to health care workers so they have ready access to a mask that fits properly to ensure they have adequate protection.
“Doctors and all health care workers have a right to a safe workplace, and we are advising our members to insist on fit-testing.
“We will continue to monitor this situation closely, and take any necessary steps to protect our members’ health and safety,” said Dr Tan.
Published: 29 Apr 2021