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04 Oct 2019

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has updated its privacy guidelines for health practitioners.

The guide has been written to help health service providers – from doctors and hospitals, through to allied health professionals such as pharmacists, childcare centres and even gymnasiums – to understand their obligation under the Privacy Act 1988, and embed good privacy in their practice.

Eight key steps are outlined that should be taken to ensure health service providers are proactive in establishing, implementing and maintaining privacy processes in practices.

They are:

  • Develop and implement a privacy management plan
  • Develop clear lines of accountability for privacy management
  • Create a documented record of the types of personal information you handle
  • Understand your privacy obligations and implement processes to meet those obligations
  • Hold staff training sessions on privacy obligations
  • Create a privacy policy
  • Protect the information you hold
  • Develop a data breach response plan.

The updated guide can be found at: https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/guidance-and-advice/guide-to-health-privacy/ 

 


Published: 04 Oct 2019