All personal information gathered by me during the provision of the psychological service will remain confidential and secure except when:
1. It is subpoenaed by a court. This includes Family Court, Health Care Complaints Investigations, Income Protection and Insurance Claims.
2. Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at risk of harm
3. Your approval has been obtained to:
a) discuss the material with another person, e.g. partner
b) provide a written report to another professional or agency e.g. G.P. or lawyer.
Please note that I am required under Medicare to provide your referring doctor with a brief letter detailing the diagnosis and treatment plan. I inform your G.P. of information that is relevant to your treatment not specific private details of your life. You are welcome to view correspondence during sessions. If you would prefer information not be conveyed to your G.P. please speak with me. You may be best reassured by attending privately rather than under Medicare.
Please note that Private Health Insurance Companies may seek to access your notes for pre-existing health conditions if you attend under Medicare.
If you have been referred by Australian Defence Force, I am required to feed back to your referring doctor about treatment. It is possible that ongoing psychological sessions that relate to your fitness for duty may compromise your ability to be deployed or your medical status. If this is a concern, please speak with me about this.
Open Arms Clients
If you have self-referred to Open Arms Veteran Service, please be aware that I am required to keep notes in VERA, the automated notes system of Open Arms. Open Arms information is confidential from ADF except for the limitations noted above. Confidentiality with ADF does not apply if Defence have referred you to Open Arms.