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OAIC seeks comments on Health Privacy Guidance

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October 20, 2015

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is seeking public comment on a series of new draft health privacy guidance resources for health service providers and consumers.

The 11 new business resources aim to help health service providers understand and meet their obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 when handling patient’s health information. The two new consumer facts sheets aim to help consumers understand their rights in relation to the handling of their health information.

The OAIC is seeking comments from health industry groups, health service providers, individuals with an interest or expertise in the health industry, health consumers, or any other interested parties.

The closing date for comments is Tuesday October 20, 2015.

NAID-ANZ is currently reviewing the guidance documents in anticipation of a submission on behalf of the secure destruction industry.