Hearth Personal Support Services (ABN 21 618 155 810) understands the importance of protecting the privacy of an individual’s personal information (including health information). The purpose of this policy is to ensure you understand how we collect, use and disclose your personal information (including health information).
This Policy may be updated from time to time. If you require a hard copy of this Privacy Statement or a copy in some other format to suit your particular needs please contact us and we will arrange for a suitable copy to be provided to you.
Personal information is any information that identifies an individual or any information from which an individual’s identity could reasonably be ascertained.
During the provision of our services we generally collect four kinds of information:
Personal information (including health information) may be collected from a client, or a client’s family member or advocate.
From time to time we may require access to information from another provider or government agency in order to provide the best services we can. We will obtain your consent prior to doing so.
We collect your personal information for the purposes of providing you with our support and services.
It also enables us to confirm the level of government funding in relation to your support, to lawfully liaise with a nominated representative and to contact family if requested or needed, to identify and inform you of any other services that may interest you, or for other purposes permitted or referred to under any terms and conditions you enter into or otherwise agree to with respect to our services.
We will at or before the time or as soon as practicable after we collect personal information from you take all reasonable steps to ensure that you are notified or made aware of the purpose for which we are collecting personal information as well as the identity of other entities or persons to whom we usually disclose personal information.
We may disclose your personal information to government departments such as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and the accrediting bodies associated with the NDIA including state agencies and organisations. We may engage service providers (including international providers) to securely store and manage our business information, including your personal information.
We may not use or disclose personal information for a purpose other than the primary purpose of collection, unless:
We may disclose Health Information about an individual to a person who is responsible for the individual if:
A ‘person responsible’ is a parent, a child or sibling, a spouse, a relative, a member of the individual’s household, a guardian, an enduring power of attorney, a person who has an intimate personal relationship with the individual, or a person nominated by the individual to be contacted in case of emergency, provided they are at least 18 years of age.
We take all reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold is protected against misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We hold personal information in both hard copy and electronic forms in secure databases on secure premises that have access requirements. However, we cannot guarantee the security of any personal information transmitted to us via the Internet.
Under the Privacy Act, you have a right to access your personal information that is collected and held by us. If you have any privacy questions or complaints, please discuss with your Relationship Manager or e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org.