You may be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to collect, use or disclose health information for the purpose of research, or compilation of statistics, relevant to public health or safety; or the management, funding or monitoring of a health service.
These guidelines are designed to protect the privacy of individuals in the conduct of medical research. If you comply with these guidelines you will be held to be complying with the law, even if your actions are contrary to the Australian Privacy Principles which usually apply.
These guidelines only apply in certain circumstances, for example where it is impracticable to seek consent from the individual involved for the organisation to collect, use or disclose their health information, and also that de-identified information will not achieve the purpose of the research or compilation or analysis of statistics activity. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Regulation and Strategy Branch
Privacy Act 1988 (Australian Government)
Privacy Regulations 2006 (Australian Government)
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