Patient Confidentiality Policy

Applicable to: This policy is part of the Information Management Policy Framework and is binding upon every Health Service Provider and its staff members. The policy also applies to Contracted Health Entities (to the extent that the Contracted Health Entities provide health services to the State) and the Department of Health.

Description: The purpose of this policy is to provide a broad overview to WA Health employees about: 

a) The Common law duty of confidentiality that is owed to WA Health patients; and 

b) The exceptions to that common law duty of confidentiality 

c) The statutory duty of confidentiality and permissible disclosures introduced by the Health Services Act 2016.

 To be read in conjunction with: MP 0063/17 Requesting Transport Officers and WA Police Assistance in Transporting Mental Health Patients Policy

Date of effect: 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Policy Framework

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