This study has been approved by the St Vincent’s Hospital ethics committee and ACON’s Research Ethics Committee.  Any queries can be addressed to Dr Mary Poynten or Professor Andrew Grulich at the Kirby Institute on 02 9385 0900. If you have any complaints or queries that the researcher has not been able to answer to your satisfaction, you may contact the St Vincent’s Hospital Research Office on 02 8382 2075 and quote HREC/09/SVH/168.


The main privacy laws that apply to the University are the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1989 (NSW) and the Health Records and Information Protection Act 2002 (NSW).

These Acts have introduced principles to ensure personal and health information held by public sector agencies, including the University, is not modified, used or accessed by unauthorised people. The principles regulate the handling of personal and health information, and cover its collection, storage, use, disclosure and disposal.The University's Privacy Management Plan identifies how the University will comply with the principles.

The Acts also allow a person who feels their privacy has been breached by the University, to make a privacy complaint to the University. Information on making privacy complaints is in Part 2 of the Privacy Management Plan.

The University's Privacy Officer:

acts as a first point of contact with Privacy NSW for matters related to privacy and personal information acts as a reference point at the University for privacy matters (such as preparing the University’s Privacy Management Plan) acts as a point of contact for privacy complaints

Questions about privacy at the University may be directed to the Privacy Officer.