Nurse's $20,700 compo order is overturned on appeal

A $20,700 compensation order against Queensland Health, for treatment of an Ipswich nurse who could not work nightshifts because of impairment, has been overturned on appeal.

Rebecca Louise Chivers claimed her employer's conduct violated the Anti-Discrimination Act when they extended her probation period three times on a graduate nursing rotation at Ipswich and Laidley Hospitals and would not confirm her employment as a nurse.

Ms Chivers sustained a closed head injury in 2004, but graduated as a nurse at age 33 in 2007.

She resigned in February, 2009, alleging she received less favourable treatment because of her impairment.

Ms Chivers argued she suffered "humiliation, distress and a significant loss of career opportunities".

But Judicial Member James Thomas has overturned the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal's original decision.

QCAT member Ann Fitzpatrick also reviewed the case but disagreed with Mr Thomas. His decision overruled her findings.


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