The Australian Medical Association Limited and state AMA entities comply with the Privacy Act 1988. Please refer to the AMA Privacy Policy to understand our commitment to you and information on how we store and protect your data.

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Privacy and Health Record Resource Handbook For Medical Practitioners in the Private Sector

The Commonwealth Government has recently introduced amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This Act and its amendments affect the way private medical practices handle patients' information. The AMA has created the Privacy and Health Record Resource Handbook For Medical Practitioners in the Private Sector in response to these changes. It contains a sample privacy policy which can be used by practices, as well as other important information and resources.

19 Jan 2017

In April 2015, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) commenced an assessment of the privacy policies of several GP clinics, including whether they were clearly expressed and up-to-date, and cover the required matters.

The OAIC worked with the AMA and other peak health organisations to ensure that their sample privacy policies were up to date and cover all necessary areas as required by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

The AMA worked closely with the OAIC to review and improve our sample privacy policy for members' use, to make it more up to date and comprehensive. The revised policy is available in the members area with our Privacy and Health Record Resource Handbook For Medical Practitioners in the Private Sector.

Members should refer to this sample privacy policy when revising their own privacy policy. The AMA recommends that medical practices regularly review their privacy policies.

The OAIC Report has published the report on their assessment findings which is available at: https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy-law/assessments/general-practice-clinics-app-1-privacy-policy-assessment


Published: 19 Jan 2017