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.
More information about accessing medical records under the Health Records and Information Privacy Act is available from the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.
There are four ways that information held by the Ministry will be made available:
Much of the information held by the Ministry of Health is already publicly available. Resources you may wish to review, which are constantly updated include:
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).
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.
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.