Information Release Policy

The purpose of the IHPA Information Release Policy is to outline the principles and processes adopted by IHPA in the discretionary release of information.

The National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) and the National Health Reform Act 2011 (the Act) require IHPA to publicly report on its activities and disclose information in certain circumstances. IHPA is also bound by other legislative requirements including the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) which provide a legislative framework for disclosure of government information to the public.

Information released by IHPA falls into one of three categories:

  • Protected Data;
  • Protected Aggregate Data; and
  • Aggregate Data.

IHPA recognises that access to high quality, nationally consistent, health information is essential for the conduct of research and analysis and to inform the development of policies for improving health outcomes for all Australians.

IHPA does not collect or store personal patient information including name, address, phone number or Medicare number.