Privacy Of Medical Information

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“Privacy legislation”

“The Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) outlines the privacy responsibilities that most healthcare providers have to comply with in managing health and personal information. The key requirements are contained in the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

The Privacy Act applies to all healthcare providers in the private sector throughout Australia. It does not apply to state and territory public sector healthcare providers.

In most parts of Australia, state and territory legislation applies to public healthcare providers. In some states and territories, this legislation also applies to healthcare providers in the private sector, in addition to the Privacy Act. Visit the other privacy jurisdictions page on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website, for more information.

Additional information about healthcare provider obligations is available on the health service provider page of the OAIC website.”

Western Australia

The Office of the Information Commissioner (WA) administers the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA) which includes some privacy principles related to the disclosure and amendment of personal information held by Western Australian State and local government agencies.

The Health and Disability Services Complaints Office is an independent statutory authority that also handles complaints relating to health and disability services in Western Australia.