Access to medical records

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), people who have been treated in public hospitals in Victoria are able to gain access to their health records.

Individuals treated in private hospitals, by private doctors or other private health professionals, have the right to gain access to their health records under the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (“HRA 2001”), and under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“PA 1988”).

For more information, seeHealth Records Act” in Privacy and your rights.

A person may complain to the Health Services Commissioner (for contact details, seeHealth Services Commissioner”) if a hospital, health professional, or any organisation holding health information, refuses to show or give the person a copy of their own records (though access may be refused in some circumstances under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), the HRA 2001 and the PA 1988).