AMA calls for permanent change to privacy laws

Under current Australian law it is illegal to store private information about a third party without their consent, but doctors have had a rolling exemption when it comes to crucial details concerning their patients included in family histories.

The latest exemption expired in December after five years and was reinstated for another five following a request from AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton.

Dr Hambelton welcomed the new temporary waiver as a “crystallisation of common sense” but called for it to be made permanent.