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.



29 Jun 2018

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA supports the decision of Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to request the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to inquire into the data sharing procedures of doctor appointment booking service, HealthEngine.

Dr Bartone said that recent media reports raise serious issues, and warrant examination by the Information Commissioner.

“The AMA is concerned about any irregularities or threats related to patient privacy, patient consent, the AMA Code of Ethics, and medical ethics more broadly,” Dr Bartone said.

“We also have concerns about anything that could diminish community trust in the medical profession and any actions that may undermine public confidence in embracing electronic health initiatives, which the AMA strongly supports.

“There is also the serious matter of the potential of third parties to profit from having access to confidential and private patient information.

“The AMA’s concerns extend beyond HealthEngine to other apps, websites, and services, currently being promoted by commercial entities and health sector bodies, which raise similar questions about privacy and ethics.

“We look forward to seeing the OAIC report on HealthEngine, and we will work closely with the Minister and the Government to ensure that patient privacy is protected.

“The AMA will also continue to work closely with the Government and its agencies to ensure support and uptake of important electronic health initiatives, including My Health Record,” Dr Bartone said.


29 June 2018


CONTACT:        John Flannery                     02 6270 5477 / 0419 494 761
                          Maria Hawthorne                02 6270 5478 / 0427 209 753


Follow the AMA Media on Twitter:
Follow the AMA President on Twitter:
Follow Australian Medicine on Twitter:
Like the AMA on Facebook

Published: 29 Jun 2018