The health, safety and well being of staff and students is a priority for the department. The department takes all staff health concerns seriously and where issues or concerns are raised, works with staff and specialists across a range of fields to address these concerns.
During the recent years, a number of DETE workplaces, in particular schools, have raised concerns regarding the incidence of cancer within their school communities. In Queensland, cancer is a common disease with one in every two men and one in every two women developing some type of cancer by the age of 85 years.
The department works collaboratively with QH to review and assess concerns raised by DETE staff in relation to cancer and other health concerns. As a result of this working relationship, both DETE and QH have established robust assessment practices to respond to concerns raised by staff. To formalise this collaborative arrangement a Working Agreement 1.6Mhas been established to ensure the continued effective management of staff health concerns. A Data Collection Guideline 230K has been developed to support workplaces with this process.
Queensland Health provides the following fact sheets about the common types of cancer and the incidence (or rate) at which it occurs in the community.
Specific information about cancer types and risk factors is available by accessing websites referenced on the cancer information page.
Concerns raised by school communities have been investigated extensively in the past and a series of protocols have been developed to address and investigate cancer concerns by staff. The approach will depend on the situation and may include a combination of the following:
Information on the following recent projects is detailed below:
This page was last reviewed on 23 Jul 2012