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Source: Privacy Commissioner

A man received funds from a disability support services provider to cover respite care for his daughter, who had a disability and was under 16 years of age. His ex-wife and mother of the child requested and received information from the disability support services provider about the respite care that was funded while the daughter was in the fathers custody. The man felt that the information about the respite care was primarily personal information about him and that the agency should not have provided it to his ex-wife. This complaint raised issues under and Rules 6 and 11 of the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 (HIPC) as well as section 22F(1) of the Health Act 1956. Was the information health information?

The HIPC broadly defines health information to also include information about services incidental to the care or support of people with disabilities.