prepared using a multidisciplinary approach with reference to the best information and evidence available
at the time of preparation. No assurance is given that the information is entirely complete, current, or
accurate in every respect.
The guideline is not a substitute for clinical judgement, knowledge and expertise, or medical advice.
Variation from the guideline, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.
This guideline does not address all elements of standard practice and accepts that individual clinicians are
· Providing care within the context of locally available resources, expertise, and scope of practice
· Supporting consumer rights and informed decision making, including the right to decline intervention
or ongoing management
· Advising consumers of their choices in an environment that is culturally appropriate and which
enables comfortable and confidential discussion. This includes the use of interpreter services where
· Ensuring informed consent is obtained prior to delivering care
· Meeting all legislative requirements and professional standards
· Applying standard precautions, and additional precautions as necessary, when delivering care
· Documenting all care in accordance with mandatory and local requirements
Queensland Health disclaims, to the maximum extent permitted by law, all responsibility and all liability
(including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs incurred for
any reason associated with the use of this guideline, including the materials within or referred to throughout
this document being in any way inaccurate, out of context, incomplete or unavailable.