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Doctors breaching patient privacy: Orwell redux

Graeme K Suthers, Elizabeth A McCusker and Samantha A Wake
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (12): 670-671.
Published online: 20 June 2011

To the Editor: Handelsman and colleagues raise concerns1 about medical confidentiality with regard to legislation in New South Wales and a recent National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guideline. We wish to correct some of their statements related to the NHMRC guideline.

  • Graeme K Suthers1
  • Elizabeth A McCusker2
  • Samantha A Wake3

  • 1 SA Clinical Genetics Service, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 NSW Huntington Disease Service, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

All authors were on the NHMRC committee that drafted the guidelines.2

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