A great deal of the information that clinicians deal with is personal or personal health information. In Australia, the collection, use, storage, and disclosure of personal information is regulated by various acts of parliament.
It is difficult to imagine any clinician not being in a position to regularly collect, use, store and, where necessary, disclose personal health information.
The standard required of people who collect, use, store, and disclose personal health information is higher than the standard applied to the management of other personal information.
This course discusses the legal and ethical framework that protects the personal health information of individuals. It discusses how the principles of privacy are applied and the exceptions that apply to the requirement to obtain consent from the consumer prior to disclosure. It then provides guidance on the actions that can be taken when a breach occurs.
This course is relevant to all clinicians and any other person providing direct client care. It is also applicable to all managers who play a role in health service management and clinical governance.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: