New Australian Privacy Guidelines - health privacy The Australian Office of the Information Commissioner has released a set of draft health privacy guidance resources, including 11 business resources and 2 consumer fact sheets, with the aim of assisting health service providers to meet their obligations under the reformed Privacy Act 1988:
Handling health information under the Privacy Act
Key health privacy concepts
Collecting patients' health information
Using and disclosing patients' health information
Access to health information held by health service providers
Correction of health information by health service providers
Collecting, using and disclosing health information for health management activities
Collecting, using and disclosing health information for research
Using and disclosing genetic information to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health or safety of genetic relatives
Disclosure of health information and impaired capacity
Change of business circumstances or closure of a health service
Customer fact sheet - privacy and your health information
Customer fact sheet - how you can access or correct your health information
The OAIC is seeking comments on the draft guidelines from health industry groups and service providers, individuals with expertise in the health industry, or any other interested parties.
Comments are due by 20 October 2015.
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten, Matthew Dempsey or Emma Burn.