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Issue 12 Winter 2010
Changes for nurse practitioners
Nurse practitioners are now able to write workers' compensation medical certificates for injured workers in Queensland.
The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 was amended on 3 November 2009 to allow nurse practitioners to write certificates for injured workers with a minor injury-meaning an injury of a person that does not require the hospitalisation of the person as an in-patient to properly treat the injury (see section 132 (3) of the Act).
The Nurse practitioner workers' compensation protocol has been developed jointly by Q-COMP and Queensland Health. This protocol outlines the conditions under which a nurse practitioner can write certificates for an injured worker under the Queensland workers' compensation scheme.
The protocol states that nurse practitioners must work within their scope of practice and comply with the following conditions:
To access the protocol, the nurse practitioner workers' compensation certificate or to order hardcopies of the certificate visit our website.
How this will affect you
From early June 2010 onwards, you may begin receiving certificates from injured workers completed by a nurse practitioner. Your usual business practices apply.
If you have any questions or would like further information about the nurse practitioners changes, visit our website or call 1300 789 881.