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Opinion: Health Minister Should Listen to Advocates

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

October 14, 2011

In an opinion piece for The Australian, Karen Dearne contends that Health Minister Nicola Roxon has taken "an unwarranted swipe at volunteer health consumer and privacy advocates who have tried to consult with her department" on the national e-health record system. Dearne writes that the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has "earned the minister's rebuke" by suggesting that privacy protections in e-health record draft legislation might not be robust enough. The APF "just wants to see it done well," Dearne adds, "so there are no nasty surprises for anyone, and we do get the promised improvements in the quality of care and efficiencies across the health sector." 
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