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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 020093
Metadata Item Type
Information Asset
Metadata Set Type
Data Collection
Approval Status
Approval Type
Approving Authority
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
Effective From
Effective To
Data collection, monitoring and reporting for Community Services Funding Branch (CSFB), Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance (HPSP) Division, Department of Health and Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway (QRGP), Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (HHS).
Short Name
SIMS Data Collection
Strategic Alignment Attributes
Actual or potential statewide coverage
The Queensland Health Services Information Management System (SIMS) is used daily by Department of Health (DoH) and HHSs.
Absence would cause significant impact on QH business
Important for management of both CSFB Service Agreements (e.g. paying annually around $300M to NGOs) and QRGP trainees (e.g. development of over 300 medical students and staff).
Supports enterprise-wide decision making
SIMS tracks the progress of non-government organisation (NGO) contracts / agreements, rural medical staff training and development, etc.
Supports enterprise-wide reporting requirements
SIMS tracks the progress of NGO contracts / agreements, rural medical staff training and development, etc.
Supports the strategic directions of QH
Aligned to the DoH Strategic Objective 7.3 being to Inspire and provide development opportunities to enable the workforce to continue to demonstrate excellence in the public service and meet the needs of the public.
Strategic Asset Indicator
Collection and Usage Attributes
Guide for Use
SIMS uses Oracle to capture and report NGO contracts / agreements, rural medical staff training and development, etc. SIMS provides an extract to the FAMMIS / S/4HANA solution to pay NGOs when due.

SIMS tracks NGO contracts / agreements from initial planning to their completion. SIMS supports the planning and operational flow of allocated funding from State and Commonwealth budget sources, into health service organisations, primarily outside of Queensland Health.  It allows financial tracking and planning from a budget level, down to detailed project payments. Common uses are management of historical, current and future: budgets, scheduled project payments and paid project payments, project progress payments.

In addition, SIMS supports the management, performance monitoring and reporting of the training and development of those aspiring to a career in rural medicine in Queensland. SIMS tracks potential trainees as early as when they are still in medical school and supports them until they attain their fellowship five to six years post-graduation. There are several Rural Generalist Training Advisors (RGTAs) throughout the state who mentor trainees and record and monitor trainee progress using SIMS. SIMS reminds users, via auto-generated emails, if a task has not been completed in time to ensure trainees are able to progress without any undue delays and to allow trainees to focus on their training.
To support the management, monitoring and reporting for CSFB & QRGP.
All services purchased from NGOs through CSFB and all training and development of those aspiring to a career in rural medicine in Queensland.
CSFB - organisations, service providers, projects, quality accreditation details, payments scheduled and paid for, services purchased, budget appropriations and allocations. QRGP - Rural Generalist trainee details - contact, case notes, applications, education, employment, prevocational training, career intentions and vocational training.
Sites Implemented
CSFB, HPSP Division, Department of Health.

All HHSs.

SIMS Team, Finance Solutions, Finance Branch, Corporate Services Division, Department of Health, Queensland Health.
Published Outputs
Although SIMS data is used for some pubic reports, no Queensland Health reports generated from SIMS are published directly.
Frequency of Updates
Information Security Classification
Access to SIMS is only available to new clients upon authorisation by a Manager in Community Services Funding Branch or the Manager, Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway.
Access Constraints
Limited to staff of CSFB and QRGP.
Use Constraints
User security is based on the user's area of responsibility.
Majority of data entered using SIMS application. Authorised loads and data changes performed by SIMS team.
Statistical Unit
NGO Dollars & number of medical students and staff.
Reporting Requirements
- Standard reports generated by the SIMS Team on a regular basis. - Ad-hoc financial and business reports generated by the SIMS Team as requested. - Standard internal business reporting available to users from the front end of SIMS.
Frequency of Reporting Requirements
Continuous to meet operational needs.
SIMS went live / was implemented in August 1998 in Oracle.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Implementation in
Included Data Elements and Performance Indicators
Data Quality Declaration
High quality (e.g. to pay NGOs and support development of medical staff and students).
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Systems
Source Organisation
Finance Branch, Corporate Services Division, Department of Health, QH
Source Document
The SIMS QHEPS home page is accessible at <INTERNAL QH LINK NOT AVAILABLE>.

Budget; Career intentions; Community services; Contract management; Funding; Medical; NGO; Non-government organisation; Project management; Queensland Rural Medical Service; Reporting system; Rural generalist pathway; Rural medical staff; Service agreements; Service/s; SIMS; Staff; Staff development; Staff training; Vocational training