The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIPA) both apply to Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and aim to protect the privacy of a person’s information that is held by public sector agencies.
The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act):
protects your privacy rights in NSW by making sure that your personal information is properly collected, stored, used or released by NSW public sector agencies via the Information Protection Principles (IPPs)
gives you the right to see and ask for changes to be made to your personal information
allows you to make a complaint to the NSW Privacy Commissioner if you believe a NSW public sector agency has misused your personal information or breached one of the IPPs.
Personal information is any information or opinion that identifies a person and can include a written record, photographs, images, video, audio footage, fingerprints, blood or DNA samples.
The Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act):
Protects your privacy rights in NSW by making sure that your health information is properly handled via the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs)
The HPPs detail how your health information must be collected, stored, used or disclosed as well as your rights to access your information
Allows you to make a complaint to the NSW Privacy Commissioner if you believe a NSW public sector agency, health organisation or health service provider has misused your health information or breached one of the HPPs
Health information is a particular type of personal information which can include information about your physical health, mental health or disability or any other information collected for the purposes of provision of heath care.