This collection statement sets out the way that the Board and AHPRA may collect, use and disclose your information. It is to be read when completing form NOTF-00 – Notification (complaint).
Privacy and confidentiality
The personal information (that is, information identifying you) and sensitive information (such as health information) collected in this form:
- is required by the National Law, and the Board and AHPRA are authorised to collect it, to see if performance action should be taken regarding a practitioner and whether further investigations should occur,
- may be used to investigate and decide what action to take;
- may be used for the proper operation of the National Law (e.g. for research relevant to the Law);
- depending on the outcome of any investigation, may be used to decide whether to take action in relation to the registration of an affected practitioner or student under the National Law (e.g. to de-register or re-register); and
- may be used for communications purposes and to provide you with relevant updates and general information about AHPRA’s and the Board’s activities.
If you are not making a mandatory notification (i.e. one required to be made under the National Law), you may choose to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym. But this might limit the effectiveness of any investigation and subsequent action.
The Board or AHPRA may disclose the information you provide to the health practitioner the subject of that information, but not if (in the Board or AHPRA’s reasonable belief) this would prejudice an investigation, place at risk a person’s health or safety or place them at risk of intimidation or harassment.
The Board or AHPRA may also disclose the information you provide to: another health complaints entity responsible for handling complaints and notifications about health practitioners; investigators; third parties where this is required for an investigation; and tribunals, panels and experts (such as performance and health assessors) where this is required to determine what action to take in response to the information or complaint. Disclosures may be made to entities and persons outside Australia if, for example, the Notification relates to a practitioner who practises, or has practised, overseas.
Forms relevant to this collection statement: