Gag order from Qld Health upsets students

The Student Deed Poll, sent out to students about to undertake third-year placements, warns that the department can terminate the placement and seek financial damages for suspected breaches of the agreement, which includes making public the terms of the deed poll and agreement despite it being publicly accessible on the Queensland government website.

Queensland Health’s acting deputy director-general of policy, strategy and resourcing, Bronwyn Nardi, said confidentiality agreements like the Student Deed Poll were necessary to protect patients.

“All clinical staff and students need to understand that patient confidentiality is a critical part of this job,” she said.“The duty of confidentiality is a longstanding requirement and is already enshrined in legislation. Whistleblower rights are also enshrined in legislation, and nothing in the document removes them.”

AMA Queensland president Dr Richard Kidd said the association