Current as of: January 2019
Why and when your consent is necessary
When you become a client of Welcoming Women, you provide consent for us to access and use your personal information so we can provide you with the best possible experience with Welcoming Women, including maintaining your safety. Only staff who need to see your personal information will have access to it. If we need to use your information for anything else, we will seek additional consent from you to do this.
Why do we collect, use, hold and share your personal information?
Welcoming Women will need to collect your personal information to provide the best service to you. Our main purpose for collecting, using, holding and sharing your personal information is to manage your wellbeing while participating in events with Welcoming Women or to keep you up-to-date with information related to our business, its products and services. We also use it for directly-related business activities, such as managing financial transactions and payments, auditing and other business processes (e.g. staff training).
What personal information do we collect?
The information we will collect about you includes:
name, date of birth, addresses, contact details
health information including general medical history
Feedback and any other related information
Dealing with us anonymously
You have the right to deal with us anonymously or under a pseudonym unless it is impracticable for us to do so or unless we are required or authorised by law.
How do we collect your personal information?
Welcoming Women will collect your personal information under the circumstances listed below.
When you book to attend an event or register for membership, your personal and demographic information is requested and consent is obtained.
During the course of providing services, we may collect further personal information.
We may also collect your personal information when you visit our website or FaceBook page, send us an email or SMS, telephone us, make an online booking or communicate with us using social media.
In some circumstances personal information may also be collected from other sources. Often this is because it is not practical or reasonable to collect it from you directly. For example, your guardian or next of kin may be able to provide valuable information to us, with your consent, should you need assistance.
Who do we share your personal information with?
We sometimes share your personal information:
with third parties who work within Welcoming Women for business purposes, such as accreditation agencies or information technology providers – these third parties are required to comply with the Australian Privacy Act and this policy
with other healthcare providers, with your consent
when it is required or authorised by law (e.g. court subpoenas)
when it is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a client’s life, health or safety or public health or safety, or it is impractical to obtain the client’s consent
to assist in locating a missing person
to establish, exercise or defend an equitable claim
for the purpose of a confidential dispute resolution process
when there is a statutory requirement to share certain personal information
Only people that need to access your information will be able to do so. Other than in the course of providing services to you, Welcoming Women will not share personal information with any third party (within or outside of Australia) without your consent.
Welcoming Women will not share your personal details to any third-party for marketing purposes. However we will use your personal information for marketing any of Welcoming Women’s own goods or services directly to you unless you withdraw consent. You may opt-out of direct marketing at any time by notifying us in writing.
How do we store and protect your personal information?
Your personal information may be stored at Welcoming Women in various forms, and all personal information is stored securely.
Hard copies of client information (e.g. forms) are scanned into our electronic system. The hard copy is then filed in a locked cabinet. The scanned documents and any electronic documents are saved to a password-protected computer database.
How can you access and correct your personal information at our business?
You have the right to ask for access to, and correction of, your personal information. You can request for a copy of your file summary at any time. For practicality, all requests will be responded to within seven (7) business days.
Welcoming Women will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information where the information is not accurate or up-to-date. From time-to-time, we will ask you to verify that your personal information held by our practice is correct and up-to-date. You may also request that we correct or update your information.
How can you lodge a privacy related complaint, and how will the complaint be handled at our business?
We take complaints and concerns regarding privacy seriously. You should express any privacy concerns you may have in writing. We will then attempt to resolve it in accordance with our resolution procedure. Complaints can be directed to Welcoming Women Management via email:
Privacy and our online business
Clients or other people who interact with Welcoming Women via our website, FaceBook page, email or telephone give discrete consent for Welcoming Women to collect and use their personal information.
Policy review statement
This policy is reviewed annually and when changes to the Australian Privacy Act or other laws affect the policy. Changes to the policy are notified to clients via email, on our FaceBook page and website and during consultations and appointments.