Medical records and your privacy (video transcript)


Personal information is recorded about every patient who attends a hospital in Western Australia. This information is coded to protect your privacy and sent to the Western Australian Department of Health. Various legal acts and regulations authorise the Department to collect certain information about you. This can include information about your birth, your giving birth or undergoing an assisted reproductive procedure. It can also include a diagnosis of cancer or communicable disease or treatment for a mental illness.


The information is used only for research, planning or service improvement and you can not be identified from this information. You have the right to view personal information about you that is held by the Department. To access your health record, you should apply in writing to the hospital or community health service that you have attended.


Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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