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Disclosure of genetic information to at-risk relatives: recent amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)

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Otlowski, MFA (2007) Disclosure of genetic information to at-risk relatives: recent amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth). The Medical Journal of Australia, 187 (7). pp. 398-399. ISSN 0025-729X

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Abstract

The federal Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth) has recently been amended to permit the disclosure of genetic information to an at-risk relative when there is a serious (although not necessarily imminent) threat to that person’s life, health, or safety.

This represents a significant exception to the statutory
obligations to maintain the privacy of a patient’s health
information.

However, its scope of operation is limited in that it applies only to doctors and other health professionals working in the private sector, and does not cover those working in State public hospitals or for Commonwealth Government agencies.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Medical Journal of Australia
Publisher: Australasian Medical Publishing Co.
Page Range: pp. 398-399
ISSN: 0025-729X
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©The Medical Journal of Australia 2007

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:41
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:36
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