This policy explains:
In addition to our professional and ethical obligations, at a minimum, our practice handles your personal information in accordance with federal and state privacy law. This includes complying with the federal Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) forming part of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Victorian Health Privacy Principles (HPPs) forming part of the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).
More information about the APPs and HPPs can be found on the Australian Information Commissioner’s website www.oaic.gov.au or in hard copy on request from our practice reception.
Our practice collects and holds personal information about you so that we may properly assess, diagnose, treat and be proactive in your health care needs.
The type of personal information we collect may include:
Wherever practicable we will collect this information from you personally - either at the practice, over the phone, via written correspondence or via internet if you transact with us online.
In some instances, we may need to collect information about you from other sources such as referring doctors, treating specialists, pathology, radiology, hospitals or other health care providers.
In an emergency, we may collect information from your immediate family, friends or carers.
Your personal information will only be used or disclosed for purposes directly related to providing you with quality health care, or in ways you would reasonably expect us to use it in order to provide you with this service.
This includes use or disclosure:
Our practice does not intend to disclose your personal information to overseas recipients.
We aim to ensure the information we hold about you is accurate, complete, up to date and relevant. To this end our staff may ask you to confirm that your personal details are correct when you attend a consultation. Please let us know if any of the information we hold about you is incorrect or not up to date.
Our Practice takes all reasonable steps to protect the security of the personal information we hold, by:
Under law you have a right to access personal information we hold about you. Please contact our Main Office for more information on our Access to Medical Records Policy.
We ask that you put your request in writing. A fee for the retrieval and copying of your medical record will apply, charged in accordance with the schedule of fees specified in the Health Records Regulations 2008 (Vic), plus GST. This fee is not redeemable through Medicare.
If you consider the information we hold about you is not correct, please contact the practice in writing. You have the right to have any incorrect information corrected.
You are not obliged to give us your personal information. However, if you choose not to provide the practice with the personal details requested, it may limit our ability to provide you with full service. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with our reception staff prior to your first consultation or with your doctor.
Australian privacy law limits the use of personal information for direct marketing of goods and services. We do not use your personal information for direct marketing.
If you have a complaint regarding the way your personal information has been handled by our practice, please put it in writing and address it to the Practice Coordinator. We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within 14 days, and endeavour to provide a full response within 30 days of receipt.
Should you be dissatisfied with our response, you may lodge your written complaint with the Victorian Information Commissioner at ovic.vic.gov.au and/or the Victorian Health Services Commissioner at health.vic.gov.au.