Privacy & Confidentiality

Students undertaking clinical placements in NSW must be familiar with the content of the NSW Health Privacy Management Plan and comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2002) and Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (1998).

An individual’s dignity and rights to privacy and confidentiality must be respected at all times. Students who do not comply with the rules governing ethical practice may be removed from placement. Breeches of the privacy and confidentially requirements may result in a fail grade for a placement and put a student’s enrolment at risk.

For further information, see the Department of Health Policy Directive.

Students will be required to complete a Health Records and Information Privacy Declaration prior to placement. Student Central will provide students with the document at enrolment.

Students must be aware that privacy and confidentiality requirements must be maintained at all times both during a placement and after it has been completed. This also includes any posting or discussion using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Students are advised that they may be breaching laws by making comment about anything that took place on their placement or anyone involved in their placement. If a student has any constructive feedback to provide about a placement, please make contact with the relevant FHS Clinical Educator Coordinator. This is to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of both the clients and the placement site.