In the course of providing Dental Services, personal and sensitive information is collected, held and maintained by the Dental Practice. Patient and staff privacy is important to us and we are committed to protecting the information we collect, monitoring its use and maintaining its integrity.
This Dental Services provides a health service as defined by the Commonwealth Privacy Act  [Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000]. The Commonwealth Privacy Act  establishes the ten National Privacy that protect private health information. This Dental Practice is subject to the Commonwealth Privacy Act  [since December 2001].
This Dental Practice complies with these Acts which govern the collection, use, disclosure, quality, security and disposal of personal health information and provide people with a legally enforceable right of access and correction of the health information held about them. The Act provide for the right for a person to make, and process by which a person makes, a complaint if they believe their personal information has been mishandled.
Consent means Your permission. Your consent can be express or implied. Express consent can be written (e.g. when you sign a form or send us correspondence) or verbal (e.g. when you give us your permission over the phone or in face-to-face conversations). Your consent will be implied when we can reasonably form a conclusion from our pre-established relationship with You that You have given consent by either taking action or deciding not to take action.
Personal information has the same meaning that it has under the Privacy Act 1988, namely information or an opinion, whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.
Information We Collect
We will only collect information that is necessary for providing our service. The amount and type of personal information we collect from You and hold about You will vary depending on whether You are an existing patient or customer of Paul Beath Dental. If you apply to be, are currently or have in the past been a patient of a Paul Beath Dental, the personal, or individually identifiable information that We hold about You may include:
- Name, address, telephone and email contact details;
- personal details such as age and gender;
- details of previous dentists you’ve been a patient of;
- your Medicare number;
- records of service contacts such as system notes and voice recordings of telephone conversation you’ve had with our employees;
- census and statistical information for purposes including product development and risk assessment;
- Financial information (for example, credit card numbers to assist in the administration of payments for dental services);
- Health Insurance Details
- Details of purchases made and professional services used, including the date; and
Sensitive information including:
-family medical history;
-current health and dental assessment; and
How Information May Be Collected
We may collect personal information directly from you in a number of ways, including:
- you choose to provide it directly to Us in order for Us to provide dental services to you;
- you may complete forms, send Us an email, provide information during a visit to Our Dental practice;
- when you subscribe to newsletters or other direct marketing materials;
- we may collect information from third parties such as your health insurance provider or Medicare; or
- We may collect information from dentists, dental specialists or other health practitioners (for example if you were referred to us by another dentist).
Use and disclosure of Your Personal Information
We use Your personal information primarily to provide, manage and administer dental services and products to You and operate an efficient and sustainable business. In addition, we may use Your personal information for a number of purposes, including:
- to provide dental and related services to You;
- to maintain and administer Your patient file(s) at Our dental practice;
- to contact You in relation to any matter relating to You or the dental services or products provided to You;
- to answer Your enquiries and deliver dental services to You;
- to carry out internal functions such as administration, accounting, quality assurance and information technology;
- to resolve complaints;
- to monitor price and evaluate products and services;
- to conduct marketing surveys, research and statistical analysis;
- to fulfil marketing promotions;
- to administer Your invoicing for dental services, credit card payments, or to collect unpaid invoices;
- to process Your health insurance claims;
- to follow You up regarding further dental examinations or treatments required;
- to send information to You about Us;
- to comply with any laws or regulations.
In order to allow us to manage and administer Our dental services and products to You and to operate an efficient and sustainable business, We may be required to disclose Your information to third parties. This may include disclosure in the following circumstances:
- to Your nominated relatives in an emergency;
- to government and regulatory bodies, eg. Medicare;
- to auditors and other service providers We may appoint to ensure the integrity of Our operations and services;
- to any person or entity acting on Our behalf;
- to dentists, dental specialists and other healthcare professionals, for the purpose of seeking a second opinion or a referral, where You have consented to Us obtaining the second opinion or the referral;
- to third party health benefit providers and insurance companies (contact information only) to assist in the processing of a claim for reimbursement or payment of all or part of the cost of dental treatment submitted by You or on Your behalf;
- to carry out a review of the practice for the purposes of improving the quality of care provided;
- where disclosure is required by law, eg. compulsory notices from courts of law, tribunals or government agencies.
However, if We do send your personal information outside of Australia We will require that the recipient of the information complies with privacy laws and contractual obligations to maintain the security of the data.
From time to time, We may contact You to provide You with information about other products and services offered by Us, our related entities and our business partners that may be of benefit to You and Your family. When We contact You it may be via mail, phone, email or SMS. When You become our patient, You consent to Us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes (as described in this document), unless You have contacted us to withdraw Your consent. If You do not wish to receive marketing material from Us You can contact Us at any time to let Us know. Our contact details are at the end of this policy. When You contact Us to make this request, We will action your request within 5 working days. If You request not to receive marketing material, please note that We will still contact You in relation to Our on-going relationship with You. For example, We will still send You any bills, statements and notices that are relevant to the products and services You have purchased from Us.
Handling and storage of Personal Information
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that Your personal information is stored securely and is protected from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information provided by You will be handled in accordance with Australian privacy laws including the Australian Privacy Principles. We maintain strict data security standards and procedures with a view to preventing unauthorised access to your data by anyone other than Us.
Your personal information may be handled by Our employees. Information may be used by staff at Our practice for the provision of dental services to You. We keep your personal information for as long as it is required to provide You with the services and products You requested from Us and to comply with legal requirements.
If We no longer require Your personal information for any purpose, including legal purposes, We will take reasonable steps to securely destroy or de-identify your personal information except in circumstances permitted or required by law.
Accessing, Amending, Updating and Correcting Your Information
Access to personal information
You have the right to access personal information that is held about you. You can ask Us for access to the information that We hold about you at any time. Simply contact Us to make your request. We will always endeavour to meet Your request for access within a reasonable time and in the manner requested by You if it is reasonable to do so. However, in some circumstances, access to certain information may be declined. This includes the following circumstances:
- We no longer hold or use the information;
- providing access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others;
- the request is frivolous or vexatious;
- the information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings and would not normally be disclosed as part of those proceedings;
- providing access would be unlawful;
- denying access is required by law;
- providing access would be likely to prejudice the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of possible unlawful activity;
- where access would pose a threat to the life or health of any individual;
If We are unable to give You access to the information you have requested, We will give You written reasons for this decision when we respond to Your request.
Correcting your personal information
To enable Us to provide you with the best possible service, it is important that the information We hold about You is accurate. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that Your personal information is accurate, complete and up-to-date at the time of collecting, using or disclosing it. If You believe any information We hold about you is inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date, You should contact Us to let Us know.
Changes to the Privacy Statement
We may change the content or services found on Our website at any time without notice. Consequently, Our Privacy Statement may change at any time also without notice.
Our Contact Information and Resolving your Concerns
You can contact Us at any time if You have any questions or concerns about this document or about how Your personal information has been handled. You can contact Us and ask to speak to Our Privacy Officer.
If You are not happy with Our response, or if You do not feel Your complaint has been resolved, You are able to seek advice from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by calling 1300 363 992.