Protect Your Healthcare Business

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released an Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses. The guide provides simple guidance for non-technical health professionals regarding issues such as privacy, passwords, software updates, back-ups and staff security awareness.

Healthcare providers are, rightly, focussed on providing quality care and patient outcomes, and sometimes information security can seem like an overly complicated and technical task. In reality, there are some very simple steps that every healthcare business can take to improve their information security – and you don’t need to be a technical expert or invest high amounts of money.

We want to help healthcare providers to take control of their information security and, ultimately, provide greater assurance to their patients regarding the security and privacy of health information.

During Stay Smart Online Week 2017, which ran earlier this month, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, reminded everyone of the importance of online information security.

“Cybercrime is estimated to cost our economy a conservative $1 billion a year, and the victims include mums and dads and small businesses,” Minister Tehan said. “In 2017, there have been more than 51,000 online scams at a cost of almost $37 million, reported to Scamwatch. It’s vitally important that every Australian thinks about cyber security and takes precautions to protect themselves online.”

Click here to download the Information Security Guide for Small Healthcare Businesses.


Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.