Insights Categories: Privacy

Feb 18, 2019

INSIGHT: Restrictions on the use and disclosure of confidential communications between a victim of sexual assault and treating health practitioners

Legislation in Victoria now protects the medical and counselling records of victims of sexual assault from disclosure in Court hearings.[1] The legislation is directed at:- ‘remedying the mischief of sexual assault victims being deterred from reporting or giving full information to doctors or counsellors in the course of their treatment, because of uncertainty and fear […]

Oct 23, 2017

INSIGHT: Massive Privacy Breach: A lesson in using third party web service providers

The potential for inadvertent privacy breaches in the age of third party web providers became all too apparent for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (the “Blood Service”) recently, after it was discovered that the personal information relating to approximately 550,000 prospective blood donors was leaked on 5 September 2016. The circumstances of the breach […]

May 3, 2016

INSIGHT: Telemedicine – minimising new liability risks

Principal Julie Somerville writes: Last week (on 18 April) the first “online hospital” was announced in Australia. Known as AHI TeleHealth, and run by Docto, the “hospital” enables Accident and Health International’s policy holders to access emergency doctors and allied health professionals by video, email, phone or sms, at any time of the day. While it’s […]

Mar 29, 2016

INSIGHT: Foresights: Internet of things and social media – Parts 1 & 2

Julie Somerville, Principal at Meridian Lawyers, comments on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) renewed enforcement priorities and the implications for professionals with an online presence, including health service providers. While social media and the internet of things offer new ways to interact with clients, they also carry new risks, such as statutory breaches and […]

May 14, 2014

INSIGHT: Credit reporting regime under the Privacy Act has a new bite

As of 12 March 2014, significant changes to the credit reporting regime under the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) will impact on how dentists handle patients’ credit related information [1]. Are dentists credit providers? Do you provide credit in full or in part for at least seven days? Do you offer structured payment plans for your […]

Dec 2, 2013

INSIGHT: Privacy, legal liability and the pharmacist

What were the legal implications of allowing a third party access to a pharmacy’s computer to identify patients who may benefit from the Home Medicines Review (HMR) program? Meridian Lawyers Managing Principal, Paul Baker, says that under no circumstances should a third party be allowed access to a pharmacy computer or for that matter any […]