It has come to the attention of Constitution Watch some medical practitioners and public hospitals are refusing to supply personal health records. If you are experiencing medical belligerence the Health Records Act provides you a RIGHT of access to the records and a penalty is waiting for those entities that resist your RIGHT of request and access.
A person cannot be persuaded not to exercise their
RIGHT of access under the Act below.
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Right of access
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an individual has a right of access, in accordance with this Part and HPP 6, to health information relating to the individual held  by a health service provider or any other organisation.
(2) Subsection (1) applies to all health information collected on or after the commencement of this section.
(3) Subsection (1) also applies to the following health information collected before the commencement of this section—
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How right of access may be exercised
(1) A right of access may be exercised in any one or more of the following ways—
(b) by receiving a copy of the health information;
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(a) in the case of a request to inspect the health information, or a print-out of the health information, by making the health information or print-out available to the individual immediately or at a date, time and place in Victoria specified in a written notice given to the individual;
(i) a copy of the health information;
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(3) A request must—
(b) sufficiently identify the health information to which access is sought; and
(c) specify the way in which the individual wishes to have access, being a way referred to in section 28; and
(d) be in writing if it is—
(i) a request by an authorised representative within the meaning of section 85(6); or
(a) may, as soon as reasonably practicable, ask the individual to make the request in writing; and
(b) if the organisation does so, need not take any further action in respect of the oral request.
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Persons not to be persuaded not to exercise rights under ActA person or body must not, by threat, intimidation or false representation, persuade or attempt to persuade another person—
(a) to refrain from making or pursuing—
(i) a request for access to health information under Part 5; or
S. 83(a)(ii) amended by No. 22/2016 s. 220.
(ii) a complaint to the Health Complaints Commissioner under Part 6; or
(b) to withdraw a request or complaint referred to in paragraph (a).
Penalty: In the case of a body corporate, 300 penalty units;
In any other case, 60 penalty units.
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