In the course of providing treatment, this practice collects a range of health and related information about you that we consider sensitive. The practice has a policy that covers how your health information is collected, stored, disclosed & accessed.
The practice only collects information that is necessary to provide a quality health service. In the course of providing this service, we may disclose information to your treating doctor and other health service providers from whom you are currently receiving treatment. You need to let us know if you do not want your health information provided to these health providers.
In accordance with privacy legislation, you are entitled to access any information that we hold about you. The practice may charge reasonable costs for the provision of this information and it may take time to prepare files for release.
We release some health and billing information to health insurers, third party insurers and work compensation authorities in order to meet their requirements for claim assessment and payment. The physiotherapist will discuss the information with you and limit this release if you require. If you ask us to withhold certain information, this may have an impact on your insurance claim.
The practice will only release additional information to other parties, including insurance companies, if you provide permission for the information to be released. For this practice to release information to a third party, we need to know which records you would like us to release so requests should specify dates where possible.
We may contact you from time to time regarding current or new services we offer or with information related to physiotherapy that we may feel may interest you. If you do not want to receive particular types of information, please let reception know so we can remove you when we contact our clients from that client list.
To ensure that we continue to improve our privacy processes, we would like to encourage you to raise any concerns that you may have regarding privacy with the principal physiotherapist in this practice. If you are unhappy with the outcome of that discussion or you would like further information on the Federal Privacy Act, you are encouraged to contact the office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner:
Telephone: 1300 363 992
This practice complies with both state and federal privacy legislation.