Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (external site) everyone has the right to apply for access to information held by the WA Department of Health, subject to some limitations or exemptions.

The WA Department of Health (DoH) develops and manages policy areas of health service delivery, to ensure the WA health system provides consistent, efficient and effective services.

The type of information held by the DoH includes:

  • Reports on health programs and projects
  • Minister for Health and executive staff briefings
  • Health circulars, policies, standards and guidelines
  • Health articles and discussion papers
  • Departmental magazines, bulletins and pamphlets
  • Health research and evaluation reports
  • Epidemiological, survey and statistical data/information
  • Publications relating to health planning and management
  • Committee meeting minutes
  • General administrative correspondence
  • Financial and budget reports
  • Staff personnel records.

Some of the above information may be available on the DoH website; or available by means other than a request by submitting a Freedom of Information (FOI) application.  It is recommended you contact DoH prior to submitting an FOI application to access records.

Accessing your WA Health medical records

Each WA public hospital and health service manage their own information and records.  To access your medical records, you will need to directly contact the hospital or health service provider where you attended as a patient.

Requesting information

Your request for access to records must be in writing, via a formal letter of request, via email, or by completing an FOI application form (PDF 239KB) | (Word 38KB).

Your FOI application should include:

  • sufficient relevant details to identify the requested records.
  • a postal / residential address in Australia.
  • lodgement at the agency with payment of $30.00 statutory FOI application fee (if not for personal information only).
  • appropriate authorisation and other relevant documentation (where applicable).
  • your current proof of identification (where applicable).

Where to lodge your application

To obtain documents held by the Department of Health (East Perth), or if you require any further advice or assistance with your request, please contact:

Freedom of Information Coordinator
Department of Health (East Perth)
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre WA  6849
Phone: 9222 6411
Email the FOI Coordinator:

More information

For a comprehensive review of Freedom of Information in WA, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner Western Australia (external site).

Last reviewed: 26-08-2022