Privacy legislation and research

Jonathan R Carapetis, Jonathon W Passmore and Kerry Ann O'Grady
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04929.x
Published online: 4 November 2002

To the Editor: The Victorian Health Records Act 2001 became operational on 1 July 2002. This legislation provides important protection for the individual against misuse of health information through the establishment of Health Privacy Principles. We support the spirit of this legislation, but would like to draw attention to its potential effects on multicentre research and disease surveillance.

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