Today’s question is:
… a question in relation to privacy
Say a first aid organisation was providing Event Health Services coverage at an event small concert with primary school aged children singing.
The venue was the one who contracted the First Aid organisation not the schools of the participants.
Would it be a breach of privacy on the (schools behalf) for the first aid organisation to go around to each school group and ask what medical conditions their students have given that at this point in time no one is requiring medical attention.
I personally believe that they should only be provided with such information at the time that they become a patient and not beforehand.
It is not a breach of privacy for the first aid organisation to ask ‘what medical conditions their students have’; it may be a breach for the school to answer that question. However one can’t answer that in the abstract.
Collecting information about a child’s medical history is certainly collecting information that must be protected in accordance with the National Privacy Principles (Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) s 6 definition of ‘personal information’ and s 6FA ‘Meaning of health information’). Such information must only be used for the purpose for which it was collected (Australian Privacy Principle 6).
One would need much more detail of the particular circumstances to answer that question.