Confidentiality and Privacy
1. In becoming a client of the UTS Counselling Services, personal and health information will be collected from you to allow us to provide you with counselling services and ongoing support while you are a client. Information may also be collected from other medical practitioners or parties with your consent.
2. The UTS Counselling Service works as a multidisciplinary team in order to provide the best quality services for you. Clients may consult more than one counsellor, depending on need and availability. Counsellors employed by UTS Counselling Services are able to view all client records in order to provide continuity of care, enable clinical supervision, and review service delivery.
3. Client information may be discussed confidentially within the UTS Counselling Services under supervision and review arrangements in which trained clinicians, including the Director of the Unit, provide supervision. Information held will also be used to plan and review service delivery.
4. From July 2017, certain Student Services Unit services/programs (Accessibility, Counselling, Financial Assistance, and Transition and Academic Support Program, including School’s Recommendation Scheme, and Education and Career Support) will adopt a more collaborative approach to enhance service delivery for students. This enables more cohesion between the services when working with students, a smooth transition and referral between services and minimises the duplication of processes and documentation provision. Staff may be working across various services/programs as part of this collaborative approach. A key change from July 2017, is that the aforementioned Student Services will share a new appointment system. As such, each of these Services will share details regarding the appointments students book.
5. Client information will not be disclosed beyond the above requirements unless:
a. You have provided consent for information to be shared or disclosed (or consent has been received from a person with legal authority to act on your behalf);
b. The disclosure is considered necessary to lessen or prevent a serious and imminent risk to life or health of yourself or another person, or a threat to public health or public safety. Where a risk may not be imminent, but there is a threat that may endanger staff or students, information may be disclosed to those responsible for campus safety and wellbeing.
c. We are required by law to disclosure the information (eg: mandatory reporting of a serious crime).
d. It is disclosed in the course of external supervision or external professional training, and the clinician:
i.conceals your identity and the identities of any associated parties involved; or
ii.obtains your consent, and gives prior notice to the recipients of the information that they are required to preserve your privacy, and obtains an undertaking from the recipients of the information that they will preserve for your privacy.
6. You can request access to information held about you by contacting the UTS Counselling Services.
7. UTS Counselling Services protects client personal and health information. Information collected about you will be stored securely and only retained to satisfy legal retention requirements before it is confidentially destroyed.
If you have any questions regarding privacy and UTS Counselling Services, contact The Head of Counselling on 9514 1177 or Student.Services@uts.edu.au.
These requirements comply with our obligations under the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2002), and the Australian Psychological Societies’ ethical guidelines (2007).