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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is to provide information to you on how your personal information (which includes your health information) is collected and used by GHFP Pty Ltd ABN 36 614 105 850 trading as Glebe Hill Family Practice and GHFP Nurture Pty Ltd ABN 29 658 065 804 and our staff within our Centres and by the medical and allied health practices conducted from our Centres ('we', 'us'), and the circumstances in which we may share it with third parties. Gaining your consent is the guiding principle used by us in using and sharing your information.

Why and when your consent is necessary

When you register as a patient attending one of our Centres or are being attended to at a site external to our Centres such as an RACF, at home or at a workplace, or for telephone conversations and telehealth (video or phone) appointments with us, you provide consent for us and associated Medical Practitioners, allied health providers and Centre staff to collect, access and use your personal information so they can provide you with the best possible healthcare. This consent may include communicating with you electronically where appropriate. Only staff who need to see your personal information will have access to it. If we need to use your information for anything else, we will seek additional consent from you to do this.

Why do we collect, use, hold and share your personal information?

We will need to collect your personal information to provide healthcare services to you. Our main purpose for collecting, using, holding and sharing your personal information is to manage your health. We also use it for directly related business activities, such as financial claims and payments, practice audits and accreditation, and business processes (e.g. staff training).

We may also collect some of your personal information for the purposes of providing you with updates or newsletters about the health services offered at our Centres.  We will specifically request your consent to use your personal information for these purposes.

We utilise CCTV for the safety and security of patients, staff and premises.  Images are able to be viewed as a live feed and recordings are stored securely for a short duration as deemed necessary for security purposes.  Images are only able to be viewed by authorised persons of the practice and will only be shared if required due to breaches of safety or security.

What personal information do we collect?

The information we will collect about you includes:

  • names, date of birth, addresses, contact details, emergency contact details, next of kin details
  • medical information including medical history, medications, allergies, adverse events, immunisations, social history, family history and risk factors
  • Medicare number (where available) for identification and claiming purposes
  • healthcare identifiers
  • health fund details

Dealing with us anonymously

You have the right to deal with us anonymously or under a pseudonym unless it is impracticable for us to do so or unless we are required or authorised by law to only deal with identified individuals.

How do we collect your personal information?

We will collect your personal information:

1.      When you make your first appointment we will collect your personal and demographic information via your registration.

2.      During the course of providing medical services, we may collect further personal information.

3.      We may also collect your personal information when you visit our website, send us an email or SMS, telephone us, make an online appointment, script request or referral request, or communicate with us using social media.

4.      In some circumstances personal information may also be collected from other sources. Often this is because it is not practical or reasonable to collect it from you directly. This may include information from:

  • your guardian or responsible person
  • other involved healthcare providers, such as specialists, allied health professionals, hospitals, community health services and pathology and diagnostic imaging services
  • your health fund, Medicare, or the Department of Veteran's Affairs (as necessary).

Who do we share your personal information with?

We may share your personal information:

  • with third parties who work with our practice for business purposes, such as accreditation agencies, information technology providers and debt collection services – these third parties are required to comply with APPs and this policy
  • with other healthcare providers
  • when it is required or authorised by law (e.g. court subpoenas)
  • when it is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a patient’s life, health or safety or public health or safety, or it is impractical to obtain the patient’s consent
  • to assist in locating a missing person
  • to establish, exercise or defend an equitable claim
  • for the purpose of confidential dispute resolution
  • to assist improve quality of care provided to our patients
  • for the purpose of medical research, in a de-identified way, unless the research serves an important public interest in which case it can occur without your consent under Australian Government guidelines.
  • when there is a statutory requirement to share certain personal information (e.g. some diseases require mandatory notification)
  • during the course of providing medical services, through Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (eTP), MyHealth Record/PCEHR system (e.g. via Shared Health Summary, Event Summary).

Only people that need to access your information will be able to do so. Other than in the course of providing medical services or as otherwise described in this policy, our practice will not share personal information with any third party without your consent.

We will not share your personal information with anyone outside Australia (unless under exceptional circumstances that are permitted by law) without your consent.

We will not use your personal information for marketing any of our goods or services directly to you without your express consent. If you do consent, you may opt-out of direct marketing at any time by notifying GHFP or GHFP Nurture in writing, or by electronically opting out of any emailed practice updates or newsletters.

How do we store and protect your personal information?

Your personal information may be stored at our Centres in various forms.  We store information primarily as electronic records, however there may be circumstances that require paper or visual (X-rays, CT scans, videos and photos) records to stored.

We store all personal information securely.  Our electronic records of sensitive personal information are stored securely in databases within Australia and protected using appropriate firewall and anti-virus software.  If you have consented to receive emailed practice updates and newsletters, then your name and email address may be stored securely in servers in the U.S.A. 

We utilise password protection to limit access to personal information to appropriately authorised persons.  If circumstances require us to store physical records, they will be stored in appropriately secure cabinets within our Centres. We have confidentiality agreements in place to further safeguard your right to privacy.

How can you access and correct your personal information at our practice?

You have the right to request access to, and correction of, your personal information.

We acknowledge patients may request access to their medical records. We require you to put this request in writing addressed to the Practice Manager, 45 Hance Rd, Howrah TAS 7018 and we will respond within a reasonable time (usually within 30 days).  You may be charged a reasonable fee by us to assist cover the costs of complying with your request.

We will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information where the information is not accurate or up-to-date. From time-to-time, we will ask you to verify your personal information held by our practice is correct and up-to-date. You may also request that we correct or update your information, and you should make such requests in writing to the Practice Manager, 45 Hance Rd, Howrah TAS 7018.

How can you lodge a privacy related complaint, and how will the complaint be handled at our practice?

We take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing to the Practice Manager, 45 Hance Rd, Howrah TAS 7018, emailing [email protected] or by completing a complaints form at one of our Centres and handing it directly to our practice manager. We will then attempt to resolve it within 30 days, in accordance with our resolution procedure.

You may also contact the OAIC. Generally, the OAIC will require you to give them time to respond, before they will investigate. For further information visit or call the OAIC on 1300 363 992.

Privacy and our website

We may collect personal information when you visit our website or social media pages.  If you utilise associated third-party services from our website such as on-line appointment making services/referral requests/script requests or subscribe to updates and newsletters you will be required to enter some personal information that will be collected. 

Our website utilises analytical software that collects information and uses it in an aggregated manner to analyse how people use our website, which assists us to improve our service. Our website also utilises cookies, which are small files that help to identify you when you come back to our website and to store details about your use of our website. These are used by us to improve the experience of people using our website.

Our website has links to other third-party websites which are not owned or controlled by us.  Whilst we endeavour to only include safe links, we are not responsible for these sites or the consequences of you going on to those sites.

Policy review statement

Our privacy policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is in accordance with any changes that may occur.  The most recently updated version will be available to view on our website.  Alternatively, you may request a hardcopy of our updated privacy policy from any of our staff.