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Office of the Health Ombudsman telephone hours change

From 1 June 2019, the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) will change its telephone contact hours from 9am – 5pm to 8:30am – 4:30pm, excluding public holidays.


Health Ombudsman releases follow up report two years after Schedule 8 medicine regulation investigation

The Queensland Health Ombudsman has published an update two years on from an investigation into the prescribing and dispensing of Schedule 8 medicines. The report provides a snapshot of the current landscape of schedule 8 medications in Queensland and highlights the key initiatives and activities implemented since the 2016 investigation.


Management of health complaints in Queensland on the right path

The Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) has seen its strongest year of operational performance yet as highlighted in the office’s 2017–18 annual report published yesterday.


Statement on Mr Kirubairajah Tharmarajah (‘Dr Kiru’)

The Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) is currently investigating a matter in relation to health services provided by Mr Kirubairajah Tharmarajah (also known as ‘Doctor Kiru’) at a number of locations in Queensland.

Mr Tharmarajah does not hold registration as a medical practitioner in Australia.


Health Ombudsman prepared to review investigation into a complaint of paramedic drug tampering if new information is available

Queensland’s Health Ombudsman has today confirmed enquiries have been made with ABC News following reports of drug tampering by a paramedic in 2013.


Health Ombudsman releases report into Cairns Hospital

Queensland’s Health Ombudsman has today released the findings of his investigation into the death of Arkadiusz ‘Arthur’ Tumanis at Cairns Hospital’s mental health unit in 2015.

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Ministerial statement: Queensland appoints new Health Ombudsman

The Queensland Government has formally appointed Andrew Brown as Queensland’s new Health Ombudsman.


Health Ombudsman releases report into Gold Coast University Hospital maternity services

In a report published today, Queensland’s Acting Health Ombudsman noted that Gold Coast University Hospital’s (GCUH) maternity service meets standards for safe quality care, however an investigation examined whether there were issues with the hospital’s response to previous adverse maternity events.

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