The National Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act set out how this practice should collect, use, keep secure and disclose personal information. The principles give you a right to know what information we hold about you and a right to correct that information if it is wrong.
What information may be collected?
To provide you with quality, ongoing health care, this practice will need to collect information about you; this will include your personal, medical and family health information. We may also need to request information from other health providers such as other GP's or Specialists seen or pathology / radiology service providers. Your attendance at this practice together with this information is taken as consent to the collection of this information.
How will this information be used?
Your information will be used in the normal course of managing your health care and will be included in referrals to specialists (ie radiology and pathology) and allied health providers. In addition access may be required as part of our ongoing professional and clinical programs. De-Identified information may be used for research purposes.
Patients should be aware that there are some instances where we are legally bound to disclose some of your personal information such as mandatory reporting of communicable diseases.
You have a right to see or obtain a copy of the information we hold about you. You make your request in writing. If the Doctor considers that releasing the information may cause you physical or mental harm he/she may refuse your request. If the request is refused for any reason the Doctor will explain this to you. The fees associated with processing this request are not claimable from Medicare, or your Private Health Insurance.
Your health records will be stored safely and securely to prevent unauthorised access.