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

Citation

Otlowski, MFA, 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 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Author:Otlowski, MFA (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
ID Code:49704
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-04-30
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