Access to health and medical records
Health and medical records held by public health facilities in NSW, such as your NSW hospital records, are maintained by the NSW Local Health Districts. To obtain access to your medical or health records from public health facilities, you will need to contact the relevant Local Health District.
A fact sheet about accessing your medical or health records from public health facilities, such as NSW hospitals, is available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
A fact sheet about accessing your medical records from private health practitioners, such as your GP or specialists, is available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
More information about accessing medical records under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act is available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
Information held by the Ministry
There are four ways in which information held by the Ministry of Health will be available.
1. Mandatory release
Much of the information held by the Ministry of Health is already publicly available. The following are resources you may wish to review, which are constantly updated:
- The Ministry of Health website. Here, you will find information about NSW Health, Health Services, Hospitals and Hospital performance data as well as a comprehensive list of the Ministry of Health's publications, resources and policy documents.
- Agency Information Guide. This is a guide to the Ministry of Health's organisational structure.
- The Disclosure Log. The Disclosure Log is also available on the Ministry's website, which lists all formal determinations made by the Ministry of Health under GIPA Act, along with the document released.
- Government contracts. The Ministry of Health is required by the GIPA Act to record and publish certain information about some contracts with private sector bodies. Part 3, Division 5 of the GIPA Act states that information about contracts worth more than $150,000 between agencies and private sector bodies must be recorded in a register of government contracts. See NSW Ministry of Health contract information or Health Support Services contract information for more.
- Information tabled in Parliament. Information about the agency contained in any document tabled in Parliament by or on behalf of the agency.
- Record of information not made publicly available. This is the Ministry of Health's record of the information that it does not make publicly available, on the basis of an overriding public interest against disclosure.
2. Proactive release
You can ask the Ministry of Health what information it will make available to the public, in addition to the information contained on its website. Under GIPA Act, the Ministry of Health is encouraged to release as much information as possible, in an appropriate way and free of charge (or at the lowest reasonable cost). The Right to Information Officer can be contacted on (02) 9391 9263.
3. Informal request
You can request specific information from the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health will release information without the need for a formal application, unless there are good reasons to require one. Your first point of contact should be the Right to Information Officer, on (02) 9391 9263.
4. Formal application
This is the last resort, if you haven’t been able to get the information you need in any other way. You can formally request specific information from the Ministry of Health. In limited circumstances, access to information will require a formal access application.
A copy of an application form that you may use to request information held by the Ministry of Health is available.