It is important to note that your privacy is protected at all times. Psychologists are bound by the legal requirements of the National Privacy Principles from the Privacy Amendment Act 2000 and follow strict guidelines for professional conduct that include confidentiality.
Your client file, which includes your personal information and session notes, are kept in a secure filing cabinet which is locked in a storage room. You can ask to see the information about you kept on file at any time.
Any information disclosed to your psychologist in sessions also remains confidential, unless it is subpoenaed by a court, you give us permission to disclose information, or our failure to disclose the information places you or another person at risk.
Note that if you see a psychologist and you have a GP Mental Health Care Plan, our psychologists are required by Medicare to provide brief reports on your progress to your referring GP throughout your treatment.
If you would like further information about your rights as a client of a psychologist, please refer to our Charter for Clients of Psychologists displayed in reception or talk to your psychologist.