Privacy: bad for your health?

Kerry-Ann F O’Grady and Terence M Nolan
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb05932.x
Published online: 15 March 2004

Kerry-Ann F O’Grady,* Terence M Nolan

  • 1 Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Flemington Road, Parkville, VIC 3052
  • 2 School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


  • 1. National Health and Medical Research Council. Guidelines approved under Section 95a of the Privacy Act 1988. Canberra: NHMRC, 2001. Available at: (accessed Feb 2004).
  • 2. Al-Shahi R, Warlow C. Using patient-identifiable data for observational research and audit: overprotection could damage the public interest. BMJ 2000; 321: 1031-1032.
  • 3. Jacobsen SJ, Zhisen X, Campion ME, et al. Potential effect of authorisation bias on medical record research. Mayo Clin Proc 1999; 74: 330-338.
  • 4. Roy Morgan Research. Privacy and the community, July 2001. Report prepared for the Office of the Federal Privacy Commission. Available at: (accessed Jun 2003).
  • 5. Office of the Health Services Commissioner. Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Statutory Guidelines on Research issued for the purposes of Health Privacy Principles 1.1(e)(iii) and 2.2(g)(iii). Melbourne: State of Victoria, 2002.


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