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Please read our privacy policy below.


Dr AndrewMorris Medical Practice Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

Our practice is committedto best practice in relation to the management of information we collect. This practice has developed a policy to protect patient privacy incompliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (‘the Privacy Act’).  Our policy is to inform you of:

  • the kinds of information that we collect and hold, which, as a medical practice, is likely to be ‘health information’ for the purposes of the Privacy Act;
  • how we collect and hold personal information;
  • the purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information;
  • how you may access your personal information and seek the correction of that information;
  • how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how we will deal with such a complaint;
  • whether we are likely to disclose personal information to overseas recipients;

2. What kindsof personal information do we collect?

The type ofinformation we may collect and hold includes:

  • Your name, address, date of birth, email and contact details
  • Medicare number, DVA number and other government identifiers, although we will not use these for the purposes of identifying you in our practice
  • Other health information about you, including:
  • notes of your symptoms or diagnosis and the treatment given to you
  • your specialist reports and test results
  • your appointment and billing details
  • your prescriptions and other pharmaceutical purchases
  • your dental records
  • your genetic information
  • your healthcare identifier
  • any other information about your race, sexuality or religion, when collected by a health service provider.

3. How do we collect and hold personal information?

We will generally collect personal information:

  • from you directly when you provide your details to us. This might be via a face to face discussion, telephone conversation, registration form or online form
  • from a person responsible for you
  • from third parties where the Privacy Act or     other law allows it - this may include, but is not limited to:  other members of your treating team,     diagnostic centres, specialists, hospitals, the My Health Record system[1],     electronic prescription services, Medicare, your health insurer, the     Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

4. Why do wecollect, hold, use and disclose personal information?

In general, wecollect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the followingpurposes:

  • to provide health services to you
  • to communicate with you in relation to the health service being provided to you
  • to comply with our legal obligations, including, but not limited to, mandatory notification of communicable diseases or mandatory reporting under applicable child protection legislation.
  • to help us manage our accounts and administrative services, including billing, arrangements with health funds, pursuing unpaid accounts, management of our ITC systems
  • for consultations with other doctors and allied health professional involved in your healthcare;
  • to obtain, analyse and discuss test results from diagnostic and pathology laboratories
  • for identification and insurance claiming
  • If you have a My Health Record, to upload your personal information to, and download your personal information from, the My Health Record system.
  • Information can also be disclosed through an electronic transfer of prescriptions service.
  • To liaise with your health fund, government and regulatory bodies such as Medicare, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) (if you make a privacy complaint to the OAIC), as necessary.

5. How can you access and correct your personal information?

You have aright to seek access to, and correction of the personal information which we hold about you.

For details on how to access and correct your health record, please contact our practice as noted below under ‘Contact Details’:

We will normally respond to your request within 30 days.

6. How do we hold your personal information?

Our staff are trained and required to respect and protect your privacy. We take reasonable steps to protect information held from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. This includes: strong password protections applied; access to personal information restricted on ‘need to know’ basis; encryption of stored data where able; our staff sign confidentiality agreements; our practice has document retention and destruction policies.

7. Privacy related questions and complaints

If you have any questions about privacy-related issues or wish to complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles or the handling of your personal information by us, you may lodge your complaint in writing to (see below for details).  We will normally respond to your request within 30 days.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you may refer the matter to the OAIC:

Phone: 1300 363 992


Fax: +61 2 9284 9666

Post: GPO Box 5218 
Sydney NSW 2001



8. Anonymity and pseudonyms

The Privacy Act provides that individuals must have the option of not identifying themselves, or of using a pseudonym, when dealing with our practice, except in certain circumstances, such as where it is impracticable for us to deal with you if you have not identified yourself.

9. Overseas disclosure.

We may disclose your personal information to the following overseas recipients:

·  any practice or individual who assists us in providing services (such as where you have come from overseas and had your health record transferred from overseas or have treatment continuing from an overseas provider)

  • anyone else to whom you authorise us to disclose it

10. Updates to this Policy

This Policy will be reviewed from time to time to take account of new laws and technology, changes to our operations and other necessary developments. Updates will be publicised on the practice's website.

11. Privacy and websites

(a)          When you visit our website

When you come to our website( we may collect certain information such as browser type, operating system, website visited immediately before coming to our site, etc. This information is used in an aggregated manner to analyse how people use our site, such that we can improve our service.

(b)          Cookies

We may from time to time use cookies onour website. Cookies are very small files which a website uses to identify youwhen you come back to the site and to store details about your use of the site.Cookies are not malicious programs that access or damage your computer. Mostowsers automatically accept cookies but you can choose to reject cookiesby changing your browser settings. However, this may prevent you from takingfull advantage of our website. Our website may from time to time use cookies toanalyses website traffic and help us provide a better website visitorexperience. In addition, cookies may be used to serve relevantads to website visitors through third party services such as Google Adwords.These ads may appear on this website or other websites you visit.

(c)          Third party sites

Our site may from time to time have links to other websites not owned or controlled by us. These links are meant for your convenience only. Links to third party websites do not constitute sponsorship or endorsement or approval of these websites. Please be aware that Dr Andrew Morris, is not responsible for the privacy practises of other such websites. We encourage our users to be aware, when they leave our website, to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal identifiable information.

12.Contact details for privacy related issues

Dr Andrew Morris, phone (08) 7325 4860,or through or via administration via email


Approved by


Full Name: Andrew Morris

Date: 02/03/2022