In an emergency or during after hours, dial: 000
For “Doctor Doctor” after-hours service, call: 13 26 60
For “Nurse-on-call”, call: 1800 022 222
Hospital: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville
PATIENT / PRIVACY INFORMATION
COMMENTS AND COMPLAINTS:
We value your opinion, and ask for your feedback. Please feel free to pass on any comments, ideas etc. directly to our Doctors or our Reception staff. If you have a problem, please let us know immediately. You may also write to us or use our feedback/suggestion box. We strive to continuously improve our service and take your concerns, suggestions and complaints seriously. If you feel that your complaint is not resolved, you may contact Health Services Commission on 1300 582 113 which is located at 26, 570 Bourke Street Melbourne.
This surgery has a strict policy to ensure that patients’ records are kept confidential & secure at all times. Information is only available to authorized staff members. Staff ensure that this policy is adhered to at all times, as patients privacy and confidentiality is paramount. A patient’s personal medical information can only be obtained only with that patients written consent and approval.
This Practice is committed to preventative health. Our recalls and reminders are an important part of our health care. You may at times receive requests, reminder phone calls, letters or a reminder SMS to attend for urgent and non-urgent investigation result appointments or regular check-up recalls. Please discuss with the doctor or advise administration staff if you have any queries, require further information or do not want any reminders.
Health promotion and prevention services are actively used by all of our medical team. Please talk to your doctor as to what we may have available to assist you.
(Disclaimer: Our practice does not endorse advertised service or products)
Interpreter services are available. Please notify reception staff if you need an interpreter or have special communication needs when booking your appointment.
This practice is bound by the Federal Privacy Act (1988), Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Proctection) Act 2012 and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and also complies with the Victorian Health Records Act (2001). Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice recognises the importance of protecting the privacy and the rights of individuals in relation to their personal information. This document outlines how we collect and manage your health information.
What is your personal information?
What personal information do we collect and hold?
The information Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice collects includes medical details, family information, name, address, employment or other demographic data, past medical and social history, current health issues and future medical care, Medicare number, account details and any health information such as medical or personal opinions about a person’s, disability or health status.
We may also collect some information that is not considered personal information as it does not identify you or anyone else. For example, we may collect de-identified responses to patient feedback surveys.
How do we collect your personal information?
- Directly from you when you attend our clinics
- As disclosed by you during your consultation at our clinic
- From third parties such as a referring health professional, employers, law enforcement agencies and other government entities.
What happens if we can’t collect your personal information?
If you do not provide us with the personal information described above, the following may happen:
- Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice may not be able to provide the requested service to you
- Your diagnosis or treatment may be inaccurate or incomplete
For what purpose do we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information?
- To provide medical services and treatment to you
- For administrative and billing purposes
- Update our records and keep your details up to date
- To process and respond to any complaints made
- To comply with any law, rule and regulations
- For the purpose of data research and analysis
- For inclusion in a recall register for prevention of chronic disease
- For the purpose of reporting back to your employer
- To answer any queries about the services we provide to you
- To provide information to third parties with your consent
- To meet the obligations of notification to our medical defence organisations or insurers
Who do we disclose your information to?
- Personal information will only be used for the purpose of providing medical services and for claims and payments, unless consented otherwise
- Disclosure may occur to third parties engaged by the practice or for business purposes eg accreditation
- Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice will inform the patient where there is a statutory requirement to disclose personal information (eg mandatory reporting of certain diseases)
- The practice will not disclose personal information to any third party other than those related to providing our medical services unless consent is obtained
- <Insert practice name> will not disclose personal information to anyone outside Australia without need and without patient consent.
Exceptions to disclose without patient consent are where the information is:
- Required by law
- Necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a patient’s life, health or safety or public health or safety, or it is impractical to obtain the patient’s consent
- To assist in locating a missing person
- To establish, exercise or defend an equitable claim
- For the purpose of a confidential dispute resolution process.
Freshwater Water Place Wellness Medical Practice does not use or disclose the information we collect about you for direct marketing unless an exception applies, including where the individual either consents to the disclosure or has a reasonable expectation that their personal information will be used for direct marketing, and the organisation notifies the individual on how to ‘opt out’ of direct marketing communications. Direct marketing communications from Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice may include information about our products and services and may be in the form of email, SMS, fax and mail.
How can you access and correct your personal information?
Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice acknowledges patients may request access to their medical records. Patients are encouraged to make this request in writing, and Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice will respond within a reasonable time. Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice will take reasonable steps to correct personal information where it is satisfied they are not accurate or up to date. From time to time, Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice will ask patients to verify their personal information to ensure it is accurate and up to date. Patients may also request for this information to be corrected / updated in writing.
Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice takes all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is protected from loss and misuse. Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice holds your information in both electronic and hard copy format. When your personal information is no longer needed it is destroyed or de-identified.
For those who are new to the practice, it is located on the Mezzanine level of Freshwater Place Arcade.
Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice, Suite 13-15 /1 Freshwater Place, Southbank, Victoria 3006