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Who must comply with the privacy principles?

Health service providers

A health service provider is an individual or organisation that provides health, disability or aged care services. Typical examples include:

  • doctors
  • dentists
  • pharmacists allied health professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, etc)
  • family medical practices
  • community health centres
  • mental health services
  • hospital or day surgery centres
  • disability or aged care services
  • rehabilitation services
  • palliative care services
  • blood or tissue banks.

Non-health service providers

Non-health service providers must also comply with privacy laws and principles. A non-health service provider is an individual or organisation that collects or stores health information even though it does not provide health services. Such individuals and organisations might include:

  • child care centres and kindergartens
  • schools
  • employers
  • gymnasiums
  • weight loss clinics
  • insurers.

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