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Why this a mandatory requirement for a medicolegal assessment.

Everyone has a right to privacy.  Our practice has a Privacy Policy which complies with the Australian Privacy Act 1988 and its Principles. For a medical assessment needing a medicolegal report that is provided to a third party, we are required to confirm the person’s identity is true and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of the assessment.  This identity check, is in fact, stated clearly in the beginning of our reports and confirmed with you at the start of your assessment with your doctor.

For your protection and ours, we ask for evidence of your identity upon arrival for your medical assessment.

Photo identification or photo ID is an identity document that includes a photograph of the holder, usually only his or her face. The most commonly accepted forms of photo ID are those issued by government authorities, such as driver’s licenses, identity cards and passports.

For the purposes of a medicolegal assessment where our doctor may have to provide evidence at a Court hearing, he/she must be able to confirm without doubt, that the person they assessed on the day of consult was in fact present and real.  This can only be confirmed with accurate and current evidence of photo identification.

In our practice, we more than likely have never treated or accessed you previously and have not had appointments with you where Medicare or other online verification authorities that are most commonly used by medical centres to check that the person booked in, is the person who was assessed by the doctor.  So, it is important that we know that you are the correct person at the time.

What we check at the time of arrival is:

  1. Your photo looks like you, in person
  2. Your name, date of birth, address is correct and match our details for the booking

Differences in your name, such as a recent change of marriage status or choosing an alternative legal name by choice, must be accompanied with the relevant documentation to prove your new name details.

A copy of your photo ID is scanned or photocopied, and this is kept with your file and uploaded to your electronic health record.  This information is protected under the practice Privacy policy and is not released to anyone without your knowledge and consent.

No photo ID = No Assessment. If you do not bring suitable photo identification with you, if you can have someone send via email your evidence to us immediately, we will upload a copy to your file.  The photo evidence must be clear, in colour and all numbers and images must be readable.  Both sides of the ID must be provided.  This evidence must be provided before your assessment on the day or the assessment cannot proceed.  We will also ask for other forms of ID such as your Medicare card to perform an online verification before the assessment can be undertaken.

 

If you have any questions regarding our practice policy on photo identification, please contact our rooms on (07) 3448 9611.

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