Every day Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service is provided sensitive, personal information to ensure individuals receive the best possible care. Personal information is provided on the understanding that it will not be mishandled or inappropriately disclosed.
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of personal information collected by the service is secured. That commitment is supported by nine National Privacy Principles in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (in relation to all personal information held by the service) and strict confidentiality obligations found in Part 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (in relation to health information held by the service).
While our confidentiality obligations cover personal information about individuals who have received, or are receiving a public sector health service, the National Privacy Principles have a broader application in that they cover the collection, use, disclosure, security, quality, access, correction and openness of personal information including personal information about employees and our business partners.
Even though we are bound by a modified version of the National Privacy Principles found in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988, it is important to note that Queensland Health is not subject to Commonwealth privacy legislation.