After several stalled attempts, on 13 February 2017, the Australian Senate passed legislation amending the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) requiring regulated entities to report "eligible data breaches" to the Privacy Commissioner and to affected individuals.
In February 2017, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) was amended to require health service providers to report “eligible data breaches” to the Privacy Commissioner and to affected individuals. Approximately a month later, a privately owned and operated hospital in Victoria allegedly inadvertently left patient records in street near the hospital.
The Victorian government is expected to release its draft bill legalising assisted dying in the second half of this year, stemming from the government’s Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices. With sweeping changes expected, now is an important time to reflect on the current legality of assisted dying in Victoria and how medical practitioners can expect their rights and obligations to change.