Health and Community Services Complaints Commission Report on Investigation of Royal Darwin Hospital Security Arrangements for the protection of Children and Infants Paediatric Ward 5B Volume 1
Tabled paper 163
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15. AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE Section 48 (1) of the Health and Community Services Complaints Act 1998 (the Act) provides: The Commissioner may, as he or she thinks fit, investigate (a) any matter referred under section 20 (1) or 21 (1); (b) a complaint that the Commissioner has decided to investigate under section 27; or (c) an issue or question arising from a complaint or a group of complaints if it appears to the Commissioner (i) to be a significant issue of public health or safety or public interest; or (ii) to be a significant question as to the practice and procedures of a provider. This investigation was carried out pursuant to section 48(1)(b)(c)(i) AND (c)(ii) of the Act - the complaint raised significant issues of public health or safety or public interest and significant questions as to the practice and procedures of the Department of Health & Community Services and the Royal Darwin Hospital. Pursuant to section 61 of the Health and Community Services Complaints Act 1998 any information or document obtained during an investigation is not admissible in any proceedings before a Court, Tribunal or Board except for the prosecution of a person for an offence under the Act or for proceedings in respect of a registered provider by the relevant Professional Board AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS Australian Standards are referred to throughout this report and are subject to copyright laws. A copy of these Standards was supplied by RDH to the HCSCC as a supporting document. The Department of Health and Community Services (according to the copies provided to this Office) obtained Australian Standard 4485.1-1997 on the 28th November 2007 and 4485.2-1997 on the 8th July 2003.
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