Health information privacy

3.14 Health and genetic information is recognised as ‘sensitive information’ under the Privacy Act. Sensitive information is given greater protection under the APPs than other information.[18] Separate Commonwealth Acts protect healthcare identifiers[19] and electronic health records.[20]

3.15 Several state and territory laws also offer protections, including limitations on collection, use and disclosure, for health information held by state and territory public and private sector organisations.[21]