AU: Hospital breached privacy rules by releasing woman's details to ex-husband

Louise Hall reports:

A mother of two says a Sydney hospital released sensitive details about her health to her hostile ex-husband, who used it against her in his attempt to gain sole custody of their children.

The woman could receive up to $40,000 in compensation after a tribunal found Royal Prince Alfred Hospital breached privacy rules by giving her former husband medical records detailing her serious, chronic illness.

The mother, known for legal reasons as ADJ, and her former husband had equal custody of the children.

But when the father requested copies of the children’s medical records, the hospital handed them over without asking for the mother’s consent, notifying her or redacting information about her own illness, test results and treatments, which were detailed in the file.

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