Your medical record is private and only health care professionals involved with your treatment can see it. This record is the property of the hospital, and the contents will be given only with your consent or where required by law.
If you are transferred to another hospital, a copy of relevant information will go with you, so that you receive the appropriate care.
Under Queensland Health’s Policy of Administrative Access to Health Records (1994), you have the right to see your health record, and copies of paper documents are available free of charge if necessary. However, there will be a charge for copies of other media (for example videos, photographs, x-rays).
You can seek access to your personal information under Queensland’s new information access scheme which has two different acts: the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act) and the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act). The IP Act creates a right for individuals to apply for their own personal information. The RTI Act creates a right for individuals to apply for all other information. Fees and charges apply.
For further information please speak to your staff, or phone Princess Alexandra Hospital's Information Access Unit on (07) 3176 2688.