Message from the Chief Commissioner

Health Records statement

Release date: Thu 21 June 2007

Last updated: Wed 13 February 2013

Victoria Police is bound by the Health Records Act 2001, (the Act) in how it collects and handles personal information that is also health information.  Victoria Police is committed to protecting the health information of those persons with whom it interacts in the course of its functions and activities.

This document is available in the download section on the right side of this page and outlines the Victoria Police policy regarding the collection and handling of health information by Victoria Police.

What is health information?

In broad terms, "health information" is personal information about the individual's health and/or health services.  The Act describes four types of information (summarised at (a) - (d) below) that is health information.

(a) Information about -

  • An individual's physical, mental or psychological health.
  • A disability of an individual.
  • An individual's expressed wishes about the future provision of health services to him or her, or
  • A health service provided to the individual.

(b) Personal information that is collected to provide a "health service" to an individual.

(c) Personal information that is collected in connection with the donation of body parts, organs or body substances, or an intended donation.

(d) Personal information that is genetic information in a form that is, or could be, predictive of the health of an individual or any descendants.

Examples of health information include:

  • Personal details, such as a name, address, admission and discharge dates and medicare card number when collected in conjunction with the provision of a health service.
  • Information about physical or biological samples, where it can be linked to an individual.
  • Genetic information.
  • Any personal information held by a health service provider in relation to health services.

Health information must relate to a natural person, however, the protection of health information continues for 30 years after a person dies.

Personal information that does not fall within the definition of health information may need to be handled and managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles in the Information Privacy Act 2000.

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