General practice has a fundamental role to protect the privacy of patient health information. It is essential for your practice to be familiar and compliant with the current legislative framework for the management of health information.

This resource provides an overview of the regulatory and best practice framework for managing information in general practice, including personal, sensitive and health information.

The resource provides guidance based on the Privacy Act 1988 with examples to support best practice and compliance with the 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), and other relevant health records legislation within the general practice setting.

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea in which we live and work, we recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and culture and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.