Last Updated: July 2021
Collection and use of your information
Disclosure of your information
To provide continuity of care, the information we collect about you may be shared with other health care providers (Doctors, Hospitals, Pathologists, Specialists etc). Upon request, relevant information will be made available to another health service provider, but no additional unnecessary data is given.
In general, your health information will not be used for any other purposes without your consent. However, there are some circumstances when information has to be disclosed without your consent, such as emergency situations, reporting communicable diseases. Where applicable, your information may also be provided to Medicare and private health funds.
Doctors may be legally bound to disclose your information in certain situations such as for medical defence purposes and reporting communicable diseases. Records must also be disclosed under court orders, subpoena, search warrants and Coroner’s Court cases.
Children and other dependant relatives also have the right to privacy of their health information. Access by other individuals (e.g. parents, guardians, carers etc) will be determined by medical and legal privacy requirements and each request for access will be addressed individually.
If research is conducted, then each patients provides informed consent for his/her personal health information to be released.