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Activity description

152035 - Information security in general practice

RACGP - E-Health

Information security is critical to the provision of safe, high-quality healthcare and the efficient running of a general practice. It is a fixed cost of doing business to ensure business continuity and the protection of information assets.

Information security involves prevention of inappropriate access, protection of personal information and preservation of practice data.

These webinars are designed to assist GPs and general practice teams understand their information security obligations under the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) as outlined in the resource Information security in general practice, released in February 2018.

These webinars are presented as part of the monthly RACGP eHealth Webinar Series. All webinars are free of charge.

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Relevance to General Practice

Technology, which can improve practice efficiency, deliver continuity of care and improve collaboration with other healthcare providers, brings with it additional risks and considerations. In today’s digital age, and with increasing cases of cybercrime, healthcare data has become increasingly valuable to cyber criminals, due to its rich content and sensitive nature. The single leading potential risk in a general practice’s information security is an internal breach through human error or malicious intent. Entire practice teams have a responsibility to ensure cybersecurity measures are in place to protect practice information systems from cybercrime and online threats. Each person in the practice needs to actively contribute to protecting the practice’s information systems. General practices have legal obligations for information security and the protection of patient privacy under the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles.

Learning outcomes

  1. Articulate the key principles of quality information security
  2. Describe the information security policies required for your general practice
  3. Articulate the security governance requirements for your practice
  4. Identify the importance of risk assessments in managing information systems
  5. Articulate the importance of system backups in general practice

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Other

Session summary


Thursday 2 May 2019
8:30pm - 9:30pm







All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Phillipa Walter
T: 03 8699 0305