In accordance with the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, the Dental Board Code of Conduct for Register Health Practitioners, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner- Australian Privacy Principles and the ACT Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997, a patient can expect that their personal health and other information will be collected, used, disclosed and stored in accordance with relevant laws about privacy, and that this information will remain confidential unless the law allows disclosure or the patient directs us to release the information.
All information collected from the patient will be used for the purpose of providing treatment. Personal information such as name, address and health insurance details will be used for the purpose of addressing accounts to the patient, as well as processing payments and writing to the patient about any issues affecting their treatment.
We may disclose a patient’s health information to other health care professionals, or require it from them if, in our judgement, it is necessary in the context of the patient’s treatment. In this event disclosure of personal details will be minimised wherever possible.
We may also use parts of a patient’s health information for research purposes, in study groups or at seminars as this may provide benefit to other patients. Should that happen, a patient’s personal identity would not be disclosed without their consent to do so.
Patient history, treatment records, x-rays and any other material relevant to treatment will be kept and remain In a secure environment.
Any photographs used for marketing will be de-identified unless prior consent is sought from the patient. Under the privacy law, patients have rights of access to dental information held about them by this practice. We welcome a patient to inspect or request copies of their treatment records at any time, or seek an explanation from the dentist.