The health, safety and wellbeing 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 department 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 Queensland Health to review and assess concerns raised by department staff in relation to cancer and other health concerns. As a result of this working relationship, both departments have established robust assessment practices to respond to concerns raised by staff. To formalise this collaborative arrangement a Working Agreement 1.6M has been established to ensure the continued effective management of staff health concerns. A Data Collection Guideline [an error occurred while processing this directive] 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 the following websites:
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:
This page was last reviewed on 21 Feb 2018