Our doctors, nurses and other staff are bound by law, by NSW Privacy Manual for Health Information and by a strict code of conduct to maintain confidentiality of patient information. For further information, refer to the NBMLHD Privacy Leaflet for Patients.
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This leaflet provides you with details of what personal information is held about you, how you can access this information and the purposes for which your personal information is used and disclosed. Your personal information includes your personal details and personal health information relating to your treatment/care.
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIPA) both aim to protect the privacy of individual’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 that identifies a person and can include a written record, photographs, video, audio footage, fingerprints and 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 collected, stored, used or released via the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs)
Gives you the right to see and ask for changes to be made to your health 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.