Alexandra Hospital

Freedom of Information

What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) gives you a right to apply for access to documents held by Ministers, State Government Departments, Local Authorities and Statutory Authorities.

This right is not affected by any reasons you have for wishing to obtain access or our belief as to what those reasons are.

Lodging a Request

You may apply for access to documents held within Alexandra District Hospital in writing, by fax or in person.

Requesting Information on Behalf of Another Person

If you are requesting information on behalf on another person, you will need to provide written authorisation from that person permitting you to access the information.

If you are applying for information of a deceased person, you must provide identification which clearly shows that you are the closest relative to that person e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, in addition to providing personal identification. If you are not the closest relative, you must provide written authorisation from the closest relative permitting you to access the information.

Exemptions

Some documents including protection of essential public interest and the personal or commercial or business affairs of others may not be released.

Access may only be provided to part of a document if it contains information considered to be exempt.

Notice of Decision

You will be given written reasons if you are only given partial access to documents or refused access. You will be advised of your rights of review of the decision that has been made on your application.

Cost

A current listing of fees associated with Freedom of Information requests can be obtained via the link below.

http://www.foi.vic.gov.au/home/costs/

 

What Happens when Access is Granted?

The copies of the documents will be available for collection from the hospital, or copies of the documents will be sent to you by mail. If you are inspecting original documentation, this will be arranged by appointment.

You may be required to provide two forms of your proof of identification before access is provided.

How to Apply to Amend Your Personal Information

Should you believe that your personal information held by Alexandra District Hospital is inaccurate, incomplete, out of date or misleading, you may apply to have that information amended.

You may also apply to have a notation written by you to be placed on your record.

Your request must be in writing, and you must give as much information as you can to show how or why the records need to be amended.

You will be given written reasons if your amendment is refused. You will be advised of your rights of review of the decision that has been made on your application.

Further Information

For any questions you may have regarding applying for access to documents held by Alexandra District Hospital please contact:

Telephone: (03) 5772 0900
Facsimile:  (03) 5772 0919

http://www.health.vic.gov.au/hsc/patient/access.htm

Please note: the Freedom of Information Act does not apply to requests received from outside Australia, unless the recipient lives within Australia.

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