Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information Provided by the Department of Health

Applicable to:

The Practice Code is applicable to:

  • all personal health information held by the Department, including those held in the Department’s data collections
  • authorised users of personal health information that has been provided by the Department (linked or otherwise) for the purposes of funding, management, planning, monitoring, improvement or evaluation of health services, training, research, compilation or analysis of statistics in the public interest.

The Practice Code is not applicable:

  • to staff in the Department authorised to access personal health information, unless their work requires the establishment of new linkages with data collections held by the Department 
  • where information is required to meet mandatory reporting obligations or clinical patient management requirements.

The Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information Provided by the Department of Health (Practice Code) sets out the obligations that are imposed on all users of personal health information provided by the Department of Health and represents the minimum standard of practice to ensure the security and confidentiality of the information.

Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information Provided by the Department of Health

WA Health collects, stores, uses and discloses large volumes of data. Information is an important resource used for the clinical care of patients, for funding, management, planning, monitoring, improvement, research and evaluation of health and health services in the State.

WA Health is committed to ensuring that information supporting the provision of health care is readily available to authorised users, when and where it is needed. Users of WA Health information are required to utilise this resource in a responsible, ethical and lawful manner. The Practice Code for the Use of Personal Health Information Provided by the Department of Health (Practice Code) establishes guidelines applicable to authorised users of personal health information that has been provided by the Department of Health.  It ensures that the personal health information is used in a manner that respects the sensitive nature of the information and the privacy of the people that it relates to.  

The Practice Code outlines the minimum standards and principles that must be followed when obtaining, handling, using, storing and disposing of personal health information.


Dr Dorothy Jones
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY AND QUALITY

Date of effect: 01 January 2014 to 01 January 2019

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