Is everything I talk about with the psychologist kept confidential?
Psychologists in NSW are required to abide by a strict Code of Ethics that is set by the Psychology Board of Australia .This code protects your interests and ensures confidentiality with the exception of very particular circumstances.
From December 21st, 2001, the National Privacy Principles of the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act came into effect.
This Act guarantees the following principles:
- All personal information held by the psychologist will remain confidential and secure except when:
- It is subpoenaed by a court of law
- Failure to disclose it would place you or another person at risk
- You give written consent for written information to be released to a designated agent
Documentation of your personal information is included as part of the legal requirement to document what happens during sessions, and enables the psychologist to provide relevant and informed psychological services.
At any stage you may request to see the information the psychologist is keeping on file.
Should you wish a copy of your confidential case notes a request may be lodged in writing to the HUM Psychology.
You may obtain a copy of the National Privacy Principles from the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner. Any complaints should be lodged with the Commissioner on 1300 363 992 or GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW, 1042.