Make privacy a priority: Guild


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Community pharmacies across Australia are being encouraged to review their policies and practices as part of the national Privacy Awareness Week

Privacy Awareness Week runs from 15-19 May and this year’s theme is “Trust and Transparency,” which focuses on the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations and businesses who handle personal information transparently, and with care, including community pharmacies.

The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, says community pharmacies worked hard to be the top health professionals when it came to the public’s trust and confidence.

“This position is underpinned by the consumer’s confidence that their community pharmacy is always handling their personal data with the utmost care,” Mr Tambassis said.

“Importantly, this position should never be taken for granted.

“Community pharmacies must continue to work hard to ensure their patients’ privacy is always of the highest priority.”

In 2017 the Guild is once again an organisation partner for Privacy Awareness Week and is encouraging all community pharmacies to get informed and involved.

For more information visit the Privacy Commissioner’s website at www.oaic.gov.au/paw2017/ and Guild members can also refresh their privacy knowledge and obligations at the Guild website www.guild.org.au.

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