The Health Ombudsman can take immediate action against both registered and unregistered health practitioners if the Health Ombudsman reasonably believes the practitioner poses a serious risk to the health and safety of the public.
There are two types of immediate action the Health Ombudsman can take – immediate registration action or prohibition order. The Health Ombudsman will also monitor practitioners’ compliance with immediate action conditions and restrictions.
The Health Ombudsman can take immediate registration action against registered health practitioners. This can take the form of the practitioner being temporarily suspended from practicing or having conditions imposed on their registration.
Immediate registration actions taken by the Health Ombudsman can be published on the immediate registration action page.
After the Heath Ombudsman has taken immediate action, health practitioners and students are monitored to ensure they comply with the conditions and restrictions placed on their practise.
An immediate action will be monitored until the immediate registration action or interim prohibition order has been revoked by the Health Ombudsman or a determination has been made by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
More information about compliance with immediate actions is available on the Compliance with immediate action conditions and restrictions page.
The Health Ombudsman can issue prohibition orders against non-registered health practitioners. Prohibition orders can temporarily restrict or prohibit a practitioner from providing any health service or a particular health service.
The Health Ombudsman can also enforce a prohibition order, or an interim prohibition order, issued in another state or territory where that interstate prohibition order corresponds (or substantially corresponds) to the type of prohibition order that can be made in Queensland.
Prohibition orders are published on the prohibition orders page.