Privacy Policy
Current as of 01/03/2022
The following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for Oldaker Street Dental,
This privacy policy provides information to you, our patient, on how your personal information (which includes your health information) is collected and used within our practice, and the circumstances in which we may share it with third parties.
Why and when your consent is necessary
When you register as a patient of our practice, you provide consent for our dental practitioners and practice staff to access and use your personal information so they can provide you with the best possible dental care. Only staff who need to see your personal information will have access to it.  If we need to use your information for anything else, we will generally seek additional consent from you to do this, unless obtaining your consent is not practical or reasonable, and an exception under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) applies.
Why do we collect, use, hold and share your personal information?
Our practice will need to collect your personal information to provide dental services to you. Our main purpose for collecting, using, holding and sharing your personal information is to manage your dental health. We also use it for directly related business activities, such as financial claims and payments, practice audits and accreditation, and business processes (e.g. staff training).
What personal information do we collect?
The information we will collect about you includes your:
  • Name/s, date of birth, address/es, contact details (e.g. telephone, email), family contact information.
  • Details of your oral health condition and the treatment/s and service/s you have received.
  • Private health insurance information.
  • Medicare number (where available) for identification and claiming purposes.
  • Information regarding other funding sources, where relevant (e.g. Child Dental Benefits Schedule, Department of Veterans’ Affairs).
  • Information on workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and other accident claims, where relevant.
  • Healthcare identifiers, where relevant.
Dealing with us anonymously
You have the right to deal with us anonymously or under a pseudonym unless it is impracticable for us to do so or unless we are required or authorised by law to only deal with identified individuals.
How do we collect your personal information?
Our practice may collect your personal information in several different ways.
  1. When you make your first appointment our practice staff will collect your personal information via your registration.
  2. During the course of providing dental services, we may collect further personal information.
  3. We may also collect your personal information when you visit our website, send us an email or SMS, telephone us, make an online appointment or communicate with us using social media.
  4. In some circumstances personal information may also be collected from other sources. Often this is because it is not practical or reasonable to collect it from you directly. This may include information from:
    your guardian or responsible person.
    other involved healthcare providers, such as your General Practitioner (GP), specialists and diagnostic imaging services (e.g. iMED radiology).
    your health fund, Medicare, or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (as necessary).
When, why and with whom do we share your personal information?
We sometimes share your personal information:
  • With third parties who work with our practice for business purposes, such as information technology providers – these third parties are required to comply with APPs.
  • With other healthcare providers.
  • When it is required or authorised by law (e.g. court subpoenas).
  • When it is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a patient’s life, health or safety or public health or safety, or it is impractical to obtain the patient’s consent.
  • To assist in locating a missing person.
  • To establish, exercise or defend an equitable claim.
  • For the purpose of confidential dispute resolution process.
  • When there is a statutory requirement to share certain personal information (e.g. some diseases require mandatory notification).
Only people who need to access your information will be able to do so. Other than in the course of providing dental services or as otherwise described in this policy, our practice will not share personal information with any third party without your consent.
How do we store and protect your personal information?
Your personal information may be stored at our practice in various forms. Including electronic records and visual records (X-rays, CT scans, and photos).

Our practice stores all personal information securely. All patient information (except x-rays) is stored on our cloud-based dental software system. Your data is stored on remote servers which are more secure and have greater capacity to ensure your data is safe and secure. This includes security audits, data encryption, auto backup and recovery features.

Only x-rays are stored onsite. The x-ray server is password protected with auto back up. We have managed support from NEVECO which includes web security.

Staff contracts include a confidentiality agreement clause to ensure your personal information is not used inappropriately.
How can you access and correct your personal information at our practice?
You have the right to request access to, and correction of, your personal information.
Our practice stores all personal information securely. All patient information (except x-rays) is stored on our cloud-based dental software system. Your data is stored on remote servers which are more secure and have greater capacity to ensure your data is safe and secure. This includes security audits, data encryption, auto backup and recovery features.

Our practice acknowledges patients may request access to their dental records. We ask that you put this request in writing and email to and our practice will respond within a reasonable time. We will ensure a copy of your records is forwarded to your treating clinician/practice within 10 working days.

Our practice will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information where the information is not accurate or up to date. From time to time, we will ask you to verify that your personal information held by our practice is correct and current. You may also request that we correct or update your information, and to assist us with attending to your request we would prefer you to make such requests in writing to
How can you lodge a privacy-related complaint, and how will the complaint be handled at our practice?
We take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing. We will attempt to resolve your issue/s in accordance with our resolution procedure. The written complaint should be either; emailed to (ATT: Practice Principal) or posted to Practice Principle Oldaker Street Dental PO Box 964 Devonport, TAS, 7310. Your complaint will be attended to within 30 days of receiving the complaint. Please leave your best contact details for a reply.

You may also contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).  The OAIC may decide not to investigate your complaint if you have not raised it with the practice first.  If you have lodged a complaint with us, and we have not responded within 30 days or you are dissatisfied with our response, you may then take your complaint to the OAIC. For further information visit or call the OAIC on 1300 363 992.
Policy review statement
This privacy policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is in accordance with any changes that may occur.
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