1. We respect your privacy
1.1 Very Helpful Chats respects your right to privacy and is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our customers and website visitors. We adhere to the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This policy sets out how we collect and treat your personal information.
1.2 "Personal information" is information we hold which is identifiable as being about you.
2. Collection of personal information
2.1 Very Helpful Chats will, from time to time, receive and store personal information you enter onto our website, provided to us directly or given to us in other forms.
2.2 You may provide basic information such as your name, phone number, address and email address to enable us to send information, provide updates and provide the services. We may collect additional information at other times, including but not limited to, when you provide feedback, when you provide information about your personal or business affairs, change your content or email preference, respond to surveys and/or promotions, provide financial or credit card information, or communicate with our customer support.
2.3 Additionally, we may collect other information you provide while interacting with us including your health background, health records and other health data.
3. How we collect your personal information
4. Use of your personal information
4.1 Very Helpful Chats may use personal information collected from you to provide you with psychology services and treatment.
4.2 Very Helpful Chats may additionally use personal information collected from you to provide you with information, updates and our services. We may also make you aware of new and additional products, services, and opportunities available to you. We may use your personal information to improve our products and services and better understand your needs.
4.3 Very Helpful Chats may contact you by a variety of measures including, but not limited to telephone, email, sms or mail.
5. Disclosure of your personal information
5.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, including our administrative staff, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this Policy. Personal information is only supplied to a third party when it is required for the delivery of our services, including to other health professionals looking after your care.
5.2 For clients referred under by their General Practitioner (GP) under a Medicare Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP), we are required under Medicare rules to provide a summary of your treatment to your GP after the 6th session, 10th session and 20th session, or at the conclusion of your treatment. By providing us with your GP referral and MHTP, you consent to this disclosure.
5.3 For clients referred by their General Practitioner (GP) under a DVA Allied Health Treatment Cycle Referral, we are required under DVA rules to provide an ‘end of cycle report’ to your GP after every 12th session, or at the conclusion of your treatment. By providing us with your GP referral, you consent to this disclosure.
5.4 We will seek your written consent before disclosing your personal information or health information to any other individual or organization.
5.5 If you invite your partner or other family member into our consultation, we will usually accept your verbal consent that we can disclose some of your personal and health information to this person, where relevant to the conversation. We may refuse to disclose information to your partner or other family member if we are concerned for your safety or welfare.
5.6 If your partner, family member, or other person contacts us without your prior knowledge or consent, we may listen to or read this information in case of safety or risk issues. We will let you know of all contact made by a third party without your prior knowledge or consent. We will seek your written consent before we speak to or reply to any third party who has contacted us; and we will not speak to them if you do not consent.
5.7 We may from time to time need to disclose personal information to comply with a legal requirement, such as a law, regulation, court order, subpoena, warrant, in the course of a legal proceeding or in response to a law enforcement agency request.
5.8 The following exceptions mean that we will disclose your personal information and health information to another individual or organization, even if you do not consent. This may happen where:
(a) Disclosure of your information is required or authorized under an Australian law or a court/tribunal order. For example, when we receive a valid subpoena requiring us to submit your client records to a federal, state, district or local court. There are some occasions where we can object to a valid subpoena; we may contact you to discuss this.
(b) Disclosure of your information is required to make a mandatory report about a child or young person that we reasonably believe is at significant risk of harm, and, to consult with child protection professionals about this.
(c) Disclosure of your information to emergency services or law enforcement agencies (state or federal) is required to lessen or prevent a serious threat to life, health, or safety of any individual, or to lessen or prevent a serious threat to life, health or safety of the general public. The threat does not have to be immediate or specific for us to disclose your information under this exception.
(d) Disclosure of your information is required to inform law enforcement agencies of your knowledge about a ‘serious crime’ committed by you or any other individual. The definition of ‘serious crime’ is the same as used in the NSW Crime Act 1900 as an offence attracting five or more years’ incarceration.
(e) Disclosure of your information to inform a federal or state agency (for example, AHPRA or Health Care Complaints Commission) if a registered or unregistered health practitioner is placing the public at substantial risk of harm. Health practitioners who seek mental health treatment, or who have a mental health impairment of any severity, will not be reported to AHPRA or similar regulatory body in the absence of substantial risk to the public. This is a very high threshold to meet. This is so health practitioners have the confidence to seek and have mental health treatment without fearing mandatory notification.
5.9 We may also use your personal information to protect the copyright, trademarks, legal rights, property or safety of Very Helpful Chats, www.veryhelpfulchats.com.au, its customers or third parties.
5.10 Information that we collect may from time to time be stored, processed in or transferred between parties located in countries outside of Australia.
5.11 If there is a change of control in our business or a sale or transfer of business assets, we reserve the right to transfer to the extent permissible at law our user databases, together with any personal information and non-personal information contained in those databases. This information may be disclosed to a potential purchaser under an agreement to maintain confidentiality. We would seek to only disclose information in good faith and where required by any of the above circumstances.
6. Security of your personal information
6.1 Very Helpful Chats is committed to ensuring that the information you provide to us is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure information and protect it from misuse, interference, loss and unauthorised access, modification and disclosure.
7. Access to your personal information
7.1 You may request details of personal information that we hold about you in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). A small administrative fee may be payable for the provision of information. If you would like a copy of the information, which we hold about you or believe that any information we hold on you is inaccurate, out of date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading, please email us at email@example.com.
7.2 We reserve the right to refuse to provide you with information that we hold about you, in certain circumstances set out in the Privacy Act.
8. Complaints about privacy
8.1 If you have any complaints about our privacy practices, please feel free to send details of your complaints to Very Helpful Chats by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We take complaints very seriously and will respond shortly after receiving written notice of your complaint.
10.1 When you visit our website www.veyhelpfulchats.com.au we may collect certain information such as browser type, operating system, website visited immediately before coming to our site, etc. This information is used in an aggregated manner to analyse how people use our site, such that we can improve our service.
10.3 Third party sites. Our site may from time to time have links to other websites not owned or controlled by us. These links are meant for your convenience only. Links to third party websites do not constitute sponsorship or endorsement or approval of these websites. Please be aware that Very Helpful Chats is not responsible for the privacy practices of other such websites. We encourage our users to be aware, when they leave our website, to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personal identifiable information