Bayside Counselling and Consultation Pty Ltd. ABN 50 151 056 058 in its own right (“we”, “our” or “us”), complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Privacy Act”) and the applicable Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act when handling personal information, together with the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (“Health Records Act”) and the applicable Health Privacy Principles in the Health Records Act when handling personal information which is health information (“Health Information”).
We take the protection of your personal information seriously. Personal information includes any information or opinion, whether true or not, about a person who is identified or whose identity can reasonably be established.
We and our clinicians collect personal information for the purposes of arranging appointments and delivering counselling services as well as communicating with you. Our reception or staff may collect information through our client intake and consent forms, or in the course of our clinicians undertaking counselling services in consultation and treatment of clients.
We collect personal information:
- from clients– when they register an enquiry, book an appointment, attend our practice, access our Website, subscribe to our newsletter, and/or at any other time from time-to-time in the course of our clinicians providing counselling services;
- from third party service providers – when they are engaged to supply services to us (such as but not limited to clinicians), provide information to us or invoice us for the provision of services;
- when we receive enquiries through the Website and when the Website is otherwise
accessed or used;
- when we receive enquiries via email or telephone.
The kind of personal information we may collect will depend on who you are (e.g. a client or third party service provider) and the nature of your interaction with us, and may include your full name, address, email address, date of birth, Medicare details, billing information, general appointment information and other personal information. If you do not provide us with all the information we request, our clinicians may not be able to deliver the counselling services.
Our clinicians may also collect your personal information in the manner and for the purposes contemplated above.
Some personal information we or our clinicians collect may include Health Information. We collect Health Information from clients when they attend our clinics for the purposes of arranging appointments and obtaining counselling services. Our clinicians collect Health Information in order to provide the counselling services. How your Health Information is dealt with is outlined in greater detail below.
The Health Information we collect enables us to arrange for the provision of counselling
services and for the safe, appropriate and accurate provision of counselling services by our clinicians, to assess the needs of clients in the provision of counselling services and for us to generally assist in optimizing the quality of our service.
We may use any personal information collected (excluding Health Information) to provide our counselling services, operate the Website, sign you up to our newsletter, respond to feedback and complaints, communicate with third party service providers or if needed to enforce our Client agreement (Client Consent Form) with you. If you are a third party service provider, we will use your personal information to communicate with you including to accept your offer to provide services, correspond with you in relation to the provision of services and to pay your invoices.
We and our clinicians comply with the Health Privacy Principles and the Ethical Guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society http://www.psychology.org.au/about/ethics in the collection, use and disclosure of all Health Information and to ensure that all Health Information is kept strictly confidential.
We and/or our clinicians may collect your Health Information when you attend our practice and/or at any other time from time-to-time in the course of arranging the provision of counselling services.
Our clinicians also collect your Health Information:
- as necessary for the provision of counselling services, including recording personal information and Health Information which is relevant to your current situation for the purposes of assessment and diagnosis in your client notes,
- only as necessary for the provision of counselling services, or as otherwise in accordance with your consent, or as may be required by law including Court order;
- only from our clients (or from someone authorized by them) (including a caregiver if
you have one);
- with accuracy, on the basis that you may at any time request a copy of the Health Information that we or our clinicians hold by emailing us at email@example.com (subject always to applicable law) and where our records are found to be inaccurate, we will rectify any inaccuracies on the basis of the further information you provide. A fee may be charged.
Disclosure and sharing:
Data security and quality:
We will take reasonable steps to protect the personal information we collect and hold from misuse, loss and interference and from unauthorized access and modification, and to make sure it is accurate, complete and up-to-date when we collect, use or disclose it.
To assist us, please ensure you provide us with your correct details, and let us know if you believe the information we have about you is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date or misleading (and we will take reasonable steps to correct the information). We may take steps to destroy or permanently de-identify information when it is no longer needed for any purpose for which it may be used or disclosed. We may retain and use de-identified information.
Our Website: baysidecounselling.com.au
You can modify your browser to prevent cookie use – but if you do this our service (and our Website) may not work properly. The information stored in the cookie is used to identify you .This enables us to operate an efficient service and to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website.
Access, correction and complaints:
You can request, and we will provide you with access to, any personal information we hold about you (including any Health Information) (subject to any applicable legal exceptions).
Please also let us know if you have any concerns or complaints about the way we are handling your personal information so we can address them. Requests should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Where our records are found to be inaccurate, we will promptly rectify any inaccuracies on the basis of the further information you provide.
Transfer in certain circumstances:
If there is a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganisation or liquidation of us then, subject always to the Ethical Guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society http://www.psychology.org.au/about/ethics/, we may transfer, sell or assign personal information (other than Health Information) collected to one or more relevant third parties. Subject always to your consent, we may also transfer any Health Information we hold about you to your clinician in the event your clinician leaves our practice.
For further information on your privacy rights go to: https://www.oaic.gov.au/information-policy/
For further information on the Health Records Act, go to: