When you register as a patient of our practice, you provide consent for our doctors and practice staff to access and use your personal information so they can provide you with the best possible healthcare. Only staff who need to see your personal information will have access to it. If we need to use your information for anything else, we will seek additional consent from you to do this.
Our practice will need to collect your personal information to provide healthcare services to you. Our main purpose for collecting, using, holding and sharing your personal information is to manage your health. We also use it for directly related business activities, such as financial claims and payments, practice audits and accreditation, and business processes (eg staff training).
The information we will collect about you includes:
Our practice will collect your personal information:
We sometimes share your personal information:
Only people that need to access your information will be able to do so. Other than in the course of providing medical services or as otherwise described in this policy, our practice will not share personal information with any third party without your consent.
We will not share your personal information with anyone outside Australia (unless under exceptional circumstances that are permitted by law) without your consent.
Our practice will not use your personal information for marketing any of our goods or services directly to you without your express consent. If you do consent, you may opt-out of direct marketing at any time by notifying our practice in writing.
Your personal information may be stored at our practice in various forms – such as paper records, electronic records, visual records (x-ray, scans, videos, photos) and audio recordings.
Our practice stores all personal information securely. We take reasonable steps to protect information from misuse and loss from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. This includes: strong password protection of electronic format records stored in Australia, access to personal information on a ‘need to know; basis, confidentiality agreements for staff and contractors.
Our practice acknowledges that patients may request access to their medical records. We require you to put this request in writing to the Practice Manager* and our practice will respond within 30 days and an administration fee may be charged for providing this information.
Our practice will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information where the information is not accurate or up-to-date. From time-to-time, we will ask you to verify your personal information held by our practice is correct and current. You may also request that we correct or update your information, and you should make such requests in writing to the Practice Manager*.
We take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing. We will then attempt to resolve it in accordance with our resolution procedure within 30 days. Please send your request in writing to the Practice Manager*
You may also contact the OAIC. Generally the OAIC will require you to give them time to respond, before they will investigate. For further information visit www.oaic.gov.au or call the OAIC on 1300 363 992.
You have the right to deal with us anonymously or under a pseudonym unless it is impracticable for us to do so or unless we are required or authorised by law to only deal with identified individuals.
Parkville health precinct
325/55 Flemington Road
North Melbourne 3051