Privacy and managing health information in general practice

Last revised: 24 May 2023

Privacy and managing health information in general practice

General practice has a fundamental role to protect the privacy of patient health information. It is essential for your practice to be familiar and compliant with the current legislative framework for the management of health information.

This resource provides an overview of the regulatory and best practice framework for managing information in general practice, including personal, sensitive and health information.

The resource provides guidance based on the Privacy Act 1988 with examples to support best practice and compliance with the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), and other relevant health records legislation within the general practice setting.


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