Important privacy law changes to affect medical practices
New laws governing privacy are effective from 12 March 2014, and introduce many significant changes applying to all health service providers. Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan has described the changes as "the biggest change in privacy law in 25 years".
A set of 13 new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) will replace the existing Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that currently apply to Australian Government agencies and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) that currently apply to businesses. Practices must take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the new APPs.
Some members have reported difficulty finding information about the a changes to the Act. More information including guidelines can be found on this website: www.oaic.gov.au. In addition, the Amendments can be found here and the Privacy Act here.
The AMA is updating its national privacy resources: look out for more information in state and federal AMA publications or contact Membership.
9 March 2014