A former Qld Health worker has been accused of fraudulently claiming more than $36,000 in overtime and penalty payments.

A former Queensland Health employee has appeared in court over allegations she defrauded the department of more than $36,000.

Caboolture woman Karma Elms, 35, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with 46 counts of fraud.

Elms was hired by Queensland Health after the March 2010 introduction of a new payroll system, which was plagued by troubles.

She was employed to help manage the increased workload brought on by the new system.

An investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission, now the Crime and Corruption Commission, led to allegations she fraudulently claimed $36,500 in overtime and penalty payments between May 2010 and August 2011.

Elms appeared in court without a lawyer and was granted a four-week adjournment of her case.

She was also granted bail on her own undertaking. She is due back in court on August 26.