The following is our policy of managing personal information. We believe this is consistent with the legal requirements of the National Privacy Principles from the Privacy Act (1988).
PURPOSE OF COLLECTING AND HOLDING INFORMATION
The information is gathered as part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a client’s condition. The information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions, and enables the psychologist to provide a relevant and informed psychological service. It also contains personal information such as name, address, contact phone numbers, and other information, which is relevant to the psychological service being provided.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
The content of our sessions remains confidential unless
- we have your explicit authority to reveal information or
- we believe you are at risk of harming with yourself or some other person or
- a serious crime such as child abuse has been committed
- our files are subpoenaed in court or other legal proceedings (e.g. workers compensation administration).
REQUESTS FOR ACCESS TO CLIENT INFORMATION
At any stage you as a client are entitled to access to the information about you kept on file, unless the relevant legislation provides otherwise. The psychologist may discuss with you appropriate forms of access.
If you have a concern about the management of your personal information, please inform the Principal Psychologist, Mr Tim Upsdell. The National privacy Principles can be found at http://www.privacy.gov.au/publications/npps01.html Ultimately, if you wish to lodge a formal complaint about the use of, or access to, your personal information, you may do so with the: Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner on 1300 363 992, or GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW 1042