Breaking news: The biggest health care privacy breach and everything you need to know


Hundreds of medical files were left abandoned in a neglected building south of Sydney.

Triple j Hack and ABC News uncovered this HUGE privacy breach and people (and the Government) are SHOCKED!

NSW Health said it was investigating the matter. Here is everything you need to know.

Health care privacy breach!

What were the stolen documents?

The medical documents date from 1992 to 2002 and contain personal information belonging to more than 400 patients!

The ABC reported that the majority (if not all) of the affected patients are deceased, however this does not explain the privacy breach.

NSW Opposition spokesman for health Walt Secord said, “There should also be an independent, external investigation into how the inappropriate disposal of these medical records occurred.”

Where is the building?

The building is situated within the South East Sydney Local Health District.

“We understand this might be a distressing event for some; however, we want to reassure people that any of the material that was stolen from these premises relates to historic material and non-active patient files,” The district’s medical executive director, James Mackie said.

Mackie also said that officials would need to now work through the medical records to establish exactly what files are in the building and what files are in possession of the ABC.

What happens now?

They’re saying this breach is believed to be one of the LARGEST of its kind in Australian history! WOW.

The Australian Privacy Foundation’s health committee chair, Dr Bernard Robertson-Dunn, said an explanation is needed!

“For New South Wales Health to claim the site was (accessed illegally) is a little weak. New South Wales Health should have looked after it so it couldn’t have been. You have to look after health data very carefully,” Robertson-Dunn said to the ABC.

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