It is a high priority for the PHRN to ensure that all the appropriate structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls are implemented to manage information safely and securely within the Network.
The PHRN Governance Framework sets out the PHRN's governance arrangements.
As the PHRN is not in itself an organisation, the roles and responsibilities of each of the participating organisations are clearly defined and outlined by a series of contracts. These contracts bind each organisation to comply with the Information Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) as well as the privacy legislation in their own state or territory and comply with all PHRN policies.
In addition to organisational contracts, data linkage staff with access to personal information and researchers who are provided with linked data are required to sign Confidentiality Agreements. These are legally binding contracts that outline the relevant legislation that applies to the data, the terms and conditions of its use and consequences of data misuse and privacy breaches.
For further information about our governance structures and policies please visit the PHRN Board and its committees, as well as the PHRN Policy Framework.