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Starting a new medical practice is an exciting time. You’ve taken the leap to set up your own practice with a small group of colleagues you know and trust. You all get along well, and you share similar ideas about how a practice should be run. Why would you go to the trouble of hiring a lawyer and spending thousands of dollars to draw up an agreement to govern your relationship with your new business partners? Shouldn’t a simple handshake agreement be enough?
Amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) which came into effect on 23 February 2018 introduce mandatory data breach notification provisions which all health service providers must comply with.