GP on Ebley General Practice recognises the importance of privacy, confidentiality protection for all our patients and those that visit our website and our practice
Our principal concern is and always will be the health of patients who visit our practice. To ensure our patients can feel confident with giving our practice information a high level of trust and confidentiality is maintained constantly.
Our already established culture of confidentiality is in line with the Federal Privacy Act, which in 2001 was amended to include the Private Health Sector throughout Australia. Our Practice obligations have no exceptions to the Privacy Act in regards to the personal information we hold in trust. Thus we can ensure that our patient’s privacy will be protected when visiting our website or our practice.
How we use and disclose information collected
Understanding that the information we collect both on our website and at our practice is often of a highly sensitive nature, the practice will always ensure that it is compliant with the highest privacy standards to keep all personal information secure and protected. All information is stored electronically and is password protected on several levels. All employees and contractors that work with and at GP on Ebley General Practice are required to sign and comply with our comprehensive confidentiality agreement.
To ensure our patients are provided the best treatment for medical and/or allied health services the practice, on behalf of the practitioners and the practitioners themselves may collect personal information (including Health information) to meet this purpose.
The personal information collected will include, but is not limited to:
- The Patient’s Name
- Telephone Number
- Medicare Number
- Health Care Fund
- Current Drugs/Medication or treatment used by patient
- Current and Previous medical history, including where clinically relevant, family medical history
- The Name of any health service provider or medical specialist to which the patient is referred
- Copies of any letter of referrals and any reports relating to the patient
Patient information will be shared within the practice for administrative and billing purposes, also to enable the patient to be attended by other practitioners who provide medical and allied health services at and from our Practice.
The practice may access information:
- Provided directly by the patient to our practice or through our website
- Provided on patient’s behalf with their consent
- From health service providers / medical specialists patients are referred to
- From health service providers who refer a patient to medical / allied health practitioners working within our practice premise
Collection of personal information by GP on Ebley General Practice may be used or disclosed if required by law, if there is a serious threat to the health or safety of an individual or to public health and safety, for referral of patients to other health service providers or medical specialists, for the purpose of which the patient was advised and to provide the patient with the best health treatment.
The collection and disclosure may also be used for the purposes of billing, liaising with Government departments regarding Medicare, training, to facilitate any improvements on our services and may be at times required by GP on Ebley’s insurers.
Health information is kept for a minimum of 5 years for adults from the last occasion in which health service was provided to the patient. If the person is under the age of 18 then records must be kept until the person has attained 25 years of age.
Information is also collected about the medical and allied health practitioners, directly from them or with their agreement, who provide services within our practice.
This information includes:
- Their Name
- Telephone number
- Qualifications and experience
- Insurance information
Other than what is stated within this policy we will not sell, distribute or disclose any personal information to any third party.
We endeavour to ensure our website is as secure as possible; however, users need to be aware that the World Wide Web is not a secure medium. GP on Ebley General Practice and its associates take no liability for any interference or damage to a user’s computer system, software or data occurring in connection with this website. We strongly recommend user’s take appropriate measures to ensure their computer is protected against third party interference whilst on the web.
External links to other websites
Recommendations or views purported on these websites are not necessarily reflective of those of GP on Ebley General Practice and its associates.
If you wish to discuss this policy, lodge complaint or access your information
If you wish to complain to us regarding a breach of privacy, access your information held by us, correct any of your information held by us or find out more about how we handle personal information we can be contacted through below:
The Privacy Officer
PO Box 1532
Mooloolaba QLD 4557
or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org