Ensuring the privacy of patient health information
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.