The management and staff of Victorian Cytology Service, Limited. (VCS) appreciate that personal and health information is held by the organisation. VCS has strict privacy and confidentiality practices in place and all staff are required to abide by these. Violation of these practices by staff will result in serious disciplinary consequences. All persons, who may observe personal and health information held by VCS are required to, sign a confidentiality statement.
VCS collects a range of personal and health information about individuals. VCS may collect this information from the individual or from another person dealing with that individual, such as their doctor. The type of information that VCS collects and the way in which it may use and disclose that information varies according to the services or activities VCS provides or undertakes in relation to an individual. The specific details regarding how VCS manages the information it collects in relation to each of its services, activities and programs are set out in the appropriate privacy statement below. Each statement also provides details regarding how a person may request access to or correction of their information, how to make a complaint about their privacy and how to contact VCS.
- The VCS Pathology privacy statement is available at www.vcspathology.org.au/women/privacy-statement. This statement details how VCS manages personal and health information it holds in relation to its pathology laboratory and pathology services.
- The VCCR privacy statement is available at www.vccr.org/privacy. This statement details how VCS manages personal and health information it holds in relation to the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry that it manages. Data held by the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry is under the custodianship of the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014. Accordingly Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are managed by the Department - more information can be found at www.health.vic.gov.au/foi.
- The NHVPR privacy statement is available at www.hpvregister.org.au/general/privacy-statement. This statement details how VCS manages personal and health information it holds in relation to the National HPV Vaccination Program Register that it manages.
VCS does not disclose personal or health information to any individual outside Australia. All personal and health information is managed on the premises of VCS. Backup tapes of the information system and some slides are stored in a secure facility off-site. Where services are contracted out, contractors must comply with VCS privacy and confidentiality requirements.