GP cleared of privacy slip in child's mental health assessment

The preschooler's father lodged a complaint after the GP recorded a possible family history of psychiatric issues

A GP did not breach patient privacy by mentioning the mental health of a child's grandparents’ in the preschooler's mental health assessment, a tribunal has ruled. 

medicolegal records

The assessment was completed at a Melbourne clinic in December 2019, after the child’s mother requested a referral to a psychologist.

In the family history section, the doctor wrote that the child's father was not well known to the mother and that “his parents may have mental health issues”.

The child’s father