Accessing your own medical records
Your health record is confidential and will not be given to anyone else unless you give your consent in writing. You can access your health record by request. For more information on your health record and personal information click here
To obtain the application form to get access to your medical records you can:
- Download it here
- Contact the Health Information Unit at Mackay Base Hospital or the hospital closest to your home
When seeking access to your health information, we will ask you to provide evidence of your identity, such as:
- Copy of a certificate or extract from a register of births
- Driver’s license
- If the applicant is a prisoner, a copy of the person’s identity card certified by a corrective services officer
You will need to provide a certified copy of these documents (certified by Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations or Solicitor). If you don’t have any of the listed documents, talk to your hospital about other accepted evidence of identity documents.
Lodge the application
You can either mail your application with the certified copy of your identity, or lodge it in person at the hospital closest to your home.
If your application cannot be processed through our usual administrative access process, it will generally be referred for processing under the Information Privacy Act 2009 (QLD).
Accessing other people’s medical records
If you want to access a child’s or another person’s records and you do not have or are unable to obtain their consent, you will need to submit a Right to Information (RTI) application online. Alternatively, you can download the and submit it:
Mackay Base Hospital
Reception, A Block – Ground Floor
Phone (07) 4885 7381
Information Access Unit
Mackay Base Hospital
PO Box 5580, Mackay QLD MC 4741
Some fees and charges apply to RTI and IP applications.
If you are an agent acting on behalf of someone else (e.g. solicitors accessing information for their client), you may need to provide additional information with your application. This may include patient consent and evidence of your identity as their agent.