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General practice has a fundamental role in ensuring the privacy of patient health information. The Handbook for the management of health information in general practice (3rd edition) aligns with current best practice and includes commentary on the amendments to the Privacy Act 1988. It broadly reviews the management of health information in a general practice setting and provides guidance and examples of compliance with the various Health Records Acts and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which regulate the handling of personal information by both Australian government agencies and businesses.

The RACGP has provided resources to ensure general practices are not exposed to breaches of privacy and feel comfortable navigating the APPs. The RACGP has worked closely with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to revise the Privacy policy template for general practices, to better meet the new requirements of the APPs.

The newly added Patient privacy pamphlet template, can be customised specifically to your practice, printed and made available to patients.

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Compliance indicators for the Australian Privacy Principles: an addendum to the Computer and information security standards (2nd edition) (pdf 504KB)

This document is designed to assist general practice to meet its legal obligations of the APP, by providing a brief explanation of each APP requirement and the steps general practice need to take to ensure compliance.

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