Nepean Cardiology is committed to providing quality care and services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect of how we manage our Personal Information.
We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The APPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.
What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?
Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information that we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.
This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including by telephone, email or via our website www.nepeancardiology.com.au and from third parties. We don't guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.
We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you and we may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose.
When collecting your Personal Information we will, where appropriate and when possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.
Sensitive Information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual's racial or ethnic origin and health information.
Sensitive information will be used by us only:
- For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
- For secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
- With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.
Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:
- Third parties where you consent to use or disclosure.
- Where required or authorised by law.
Security of Personal Information
Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse, loss and unauthorized access, modification and disclosure.
When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of your Personal Information is or will be stored in patient files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.
Access to your Personal Information
You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.
Nepean Cardiology will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.
In order to protect your Personal Information we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.
Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information
It is important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide our quality services to you.
This Policy may change from time to time.