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Law Council of Australia


My Health Record amendments must protect children from DV

20 September 2018

The Law Council of Australia’s President, Morry Bailes, the Chair of the Privacy Law Committee, Business Law Section, Olga Ganopolsky, and the Chair of the Family Law Section, Wendy Kayler-Thomson and Director of Policy, Dr Natasha Molt appeared before a Senate inquiry into the My Health Records system on Monday.

They told the inquiry amendments were needed to the definition of parental responsibility under the My Health Record Act to ensure a child’s My Health Record could not be accessed by a parent subject to a domestic violence, restraining order, personal protection order or any other ordering requiring they spend supervised time with that child to stop the My Health Record of children being used to track-down victims of family violence.

The Law Council also took issue with a number of other aspects of the proposed My Health Record system – however welcomed amendments which:

The issue received significant media attention throughout the week, Law Council President Morry Bailes sharing the Law Council’s concerns over privacy and calls for tighter definitions and protections.



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