As our population ages, more and more of us will live in aged care facilities at some stage in our lives – nursing homes, hostels and the like. Many of us already have family members who are residents of such establishments. As facility users, we expect appropriate levels of information about residents’ health and well being to be maintained. At the same time, we also expect the privacy of residents of these facilities to be a primary management principle.
In this light, aged care facility managers have ethical and legal requirements regarding storage and proper destruction of private information. Documented compliance with these requirements forms a critical component of aged care facility accreditation criteria. These requirements are subject to frequent adjustment – as testified by the more than twenty amendments to each of the Aged Care Act and the Privacy Act (see below) since the late 1990s. It is critical to keep up to date with this changing regulatory landscape.
Confidential Shredding Co provides secure, compliant, efficient and hassle-free destruction of all forms of user information:
- Paper records
- Hard disk storage and CDs
- X-rays and other electronic media
We pick up your items slated for destruction, and issue you a Certificate of Destruction upon completion, providing you with auditable evidence of compliance.
The federal Aged Care Act may be found here. This act has links to the federal Privacy Act found here. In turn, this act makes reference to federally mandated standards for the destruction or de-identification of personal information that may be found here.