Your personal health information is protected by law. The Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 requires that:
- your personal health information is only collected, accessed, used and disclosed for authorised purposes
- your personal health information is stored securely
- you are provided with clear information about what personal health information is held about you and how you might go about getting access to it or requesting that it be corrected where necessary.
All Canberra Script user (such as a prescriber or a pharmacist) accessing personal health information must comply with both the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 and the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997. Prescribers or pharmacists may also be required comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), or with other State/Territory privacy legislation if they are located outside the ACT.
Canberra Script records information about who accesses the system, when they access the system and which records they view. This information will be used by the Directorate to monitor access to ensure that Canberra Script is being used appropriately. If inappropriate use by a health practitioner is detected, penalties may apply under ACT law and the matter may also be referred to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for investigation and possible disciplinary action.