Privacy of health information


Ensuring the privacy of patient health information

Privacy and managing health information in general practice
General practice has a fundamental role in ensuring the privacy of patient health information.

It is important general practices have up-to-date information on the current legislative framework for the management of health information.

Addressing this need, and as part of its ongoing member focus, The RACGP has published Privacy and managing health information in general practice.

This resource aligns with current best practice and examines the Privacy Act 1988 incorporating 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), and the relevant health records legislation.

Privacy and managing health information in general practice provides guidance and examples for compliance with each APP within the general practice setting.

However, privacy reflects only one aspect of the management of health information. Complementing this are important and complex notions of general patient consent, the existence of medical records, patient rights and information used in medical research.

Provided under licence

This resource is provided under licence by the RACGP. Full terms are available on the licence terms page.
In summary, you must not edit or adapt it or use it for any   commercial purposes.
You must also acknowledge the RACGP as the owner.