Current as at: 17/10/2023
When you register as a patient of an independent practitioner at North Ryde Medical Centre, you provide consent for the independent practitioners and practice staff to access and use your personal information so they can provide you with the best possible healthcare. Only persons who need to see your personal information will have access to it. If the independent practitioners or staff need to use your information for anything else, we will seek additional consent from you to do this.
North Ryde Medical Centre will need to collect your personal information on behalf of an independent practitioner to provide healthcare services to you. The main purpose for collecting, using, holding and sharing your personal information is to assist the independent practitioner to help manage your health. It is also used for directly related business activities, such as financial claims and payments, practice audits and accreditation, and business processes (eg. staff training).
Your health information may be used in quality improvement and clinical audit activities. Wherever possible, this information will be transmitted to third parties in a de-identified format. Identifiable personal information will only be given to a third-party with your consent.
The information that is collected about you includes:
You have the right to deal with an independent practitioner consulting at North Ryde Medical Centre 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?
The independent practitioners and staff will collect your personal information:
Information can also be collected through electronic transfer of prescriptions (eTP), My Health Record, eg via Shared Health Summary, Event Summary, and deidentified information via the local primary health network as part of the Australian Government Quality Improvement Practice Incentive Program.
The independent practitioners or practice staff may sometimes share your personal information:
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, the practice or doctors will not share personal information with any third party without your consent.
The independent practitioners or practice staff will not share your personal information with anyone outside Australia (unless under exceptional circumstances that are permitted by law) without your consent.
The independent practitioners or practice staff 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 our practice in writing.
The independent practitioners or practice staff may use your personal information to improve the quality of the services the doctors offer to their patients through research and analysis of patient data.
The independent practitioners or practice staff may provide de-identified data to other organisations to improve population health outcomes. The information is secure, patients cannot be identified and the information is stored within Australia. You can let our reception staff know if you do not want your information included. This will not affect your clinical care.
The General Practitioners at North Ryde Medical Centre utilise Best Practice software which is programmed to automatically insert the relevant information to fulfil referrals to specialists and allied health professionals. The details are preloaded with the already established information eg. allergies, current medications, past medical history, patient contact details, to ensure that referrals are valid and compliant. The role is to establish multidisciplinary care to benefit the patient’s health outcomes. Patients always have the opportunity to review such documents and discuss amendments if necessary.
Your personal information may be stored at North Ryde Medical Centre in various forms.
Most will be as electronic records. However radiographic images that cannot be scanned will be stored at our practice for up to 3 months, awaiting your collection. If it is not collected by you within 3 months, it will be appropriately destroyed.
North Ryde Medical Centre stores all personal information securely.
Our electronic format is securely backed up by our servers onsite and offsite.
North Ryde Medical Centre does not participate in saving real-time audio/visual recording, duplication, and storage of a consultation, including those via Telehealth or those conducted remotely. If this is required as case by case basis informed consent will be obtained prior to the consultation.
You have the right to request access to, and correction of, your personal information.
The independent practitioners and practice staff acknowledge patients may request access to their medical records. We require you to put this request in writing. Please provide this to our receptionist, and the relevant independent practitioner(s)/practice will respond within a reasonable time (up to 30 working days). A fee of minimum $30 will apply for us to provide a hard copy of your records.
The independent practitioners and practice staff 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 the 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 our receptionist-either in person, or via phone.
The independent practitioners and practice staff take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing. We will then attempt to resolve it in accordance with our resolution procedure.
Please mail or bring in a letter to: North Ryde Medical Centre. Attn: Practice Manager, Shop 1, 199 Coxs Rd. North Ryde NSW 2113. Phone (02) 8999 3393, Fax (02) 9888 1998. We will aim for turnaround time of up to 30 days, where a written reply will be provided by the relevant independent practitioner and/or practice staff to address your complaint. Please write your reply address and contact phone number in your letter to facilitate this process.
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 www.oaic.gov.au or call the OAIC on 1300 336 002.