Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme

The Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme (formerly the Coal Board Medical) protects the health of Queensland coal mine workers by ensuring they undergo compulsory pre-employment and periodic health assessments.

A key purpose of the respiratory component of the scheme is to provide early detection of coal mine dust lung disease among Queensland coal mine workers.

Read about the Queensland Government’s response to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. If you have any questions about this, or other elements of the response to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, you can email or call (07) 3199 7967.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has engaged Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) to deliver accreditation services for the medical providers that offer services to Queensland coal mine workers.

The engagement of QIP follows the establishment of the DNRME register of medical providers in July 2017.

QIP will implement a new accreditation process for doctors, spirometry practices and X-ray imaging clinics. Although QIP will manage the accreditation process, DNRME will provide oversight of the service and continue to publish the register of medical providers.

The introduction of the accreditation process will provide further assurance that medical providers offering services to Queensland coal mine workers are appropriately qualified, experienced and meet relevant standards. The accreditation process will be rolled out in 2018. Further information about the transition will be available prior to its release.

QIP will also be providing accreditation for spirometry training courses, which will be in place by the end of 2017.

Spirometry training course accreditation

Registration requirements for Spirometry Training Courses

Registration requirements for Spirometry Training Courses

The DNRME has introduced a registration process for spirometry training courses that achieve QIP accreditation. Both full courses and refresher courses can receive accreditation.

To achieve accreditation, spirometry training courses must meet the (TSANZ) Standards for Spirometry Training Courses.  Training providers are also required to meet additional quality standards relating to the organisation to ensure the delivery of quality training and assessment services.

Training providers that achieve accreditation are eligible for registration with the DNRME, provided they comply with the DNRME terms and conditions of registration.

Applying for accreditation with QIP and achieving registration with DNRME

In order to complete the accreditation process with QIP, training providers will need to:

  • Contact a member of the QIP Client Liaison Officer team by phoning 1300 888 329
  • Complete and return the registration form to your QIP Client Liaison Officer
  • Agree to the DNRME terms and conditions and QIP client service agreement
  • Undertake the online self-assessment, uploading any required evidence and submit the completed application to QIP for review by independent decisions makers.

Accreditation support

QIP offers a range of tools and resources designed to support training providers throughout their accreditation journey, including:

  • A dedicated Client Liaison Officer
  • Access to QIP’s online accreditation hub, that includes access to:
    • Our user-friendly self-assessment tool known as AccreditationPro,
    • QbAY, our extensive online resource library
  • Marketing collateral to support you in promoting your accredited status.

For any accreditation queries contact QIP on 1300 888 329 or email

Once awarded QIP accreditation, QIP will advise the DNRME of the accredited status. DNRME will then contact providers regarding their registration.

For questions about registration with DNRME call (07) 3199 7967 or email