Your therapy sessions are covered by the National Privacy Principles from the Privacy Act (1988). Therapy is a confidential service and your permission is required to release any information to others, including your GP.
Purpose of gathering information
Information is gathered as part of assessment and treatment. An ongoing record of sessions is kept in order to enable the therapist to provide an accountable service relevant to your treatment goals.
Disclosure of information
The content of sessions remains confidential unless
- you authorise information to be given to particular individuals (This includes the referring GP )
- you are at risk of harming yourself or some one else
- you disclose unregistered firearms
- a serious crime has been committed
- files and records are subpoenaed in court or other legal proceedings (e.g. workers compensation administration).
Requests for access to client information
At any stage you are entitled to access to the information about you kept on file, unless the relevant legislation provides otherwise.
National privacy Principles can be found at http://www.privacy.gov.au/publications/npps01.html