Information Access, Use and Disclosure Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all Health Service Provider employees whether permanent, fixed-term, contract or casual.

Description:  The purpose of the Information Access, Use and Disclosure Policy is to facilitate lawful and appropriate information access, use and disclosure.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Information Management Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(k) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy applies to all information generated, collected, accessed, used, managed, stored and disclosed by the WA health system including, but not limited to, information collected under the Health Services Act 2016, Mental Health Act 2014, Private Hospital and Health Services Act 1927, Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 and Public Health Act 2016.

Information held in the WA health system is an operational and strategic asset. It should be leveraged to support organisational improvements, efficiencies and effective service provision. Information should be made available and shared appropriately to: 

  • support the realisation of the WA health system’s vision to deliver a safe, high quality, sustainable health system for all Western Australians
  • achieve the System Manager and Health Service Provider functions in accordance with the Health Services Act 2016 and other written laws
  • facilitate improvements in effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery such as in safety and quality
  • improve transparency and accountability
  • enable audit and compliance activities
  • allow better and more informed decision making.

Date of effect: 29 November 2021

Policy Framework

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