Health Information & Privacy Statement


When you enrol with Karori Medical Centre you understand and agree with the following:

The information you have provided on the Enrolment Form will be:

  • held and used by the practice for the purpose of delivering appropriate medical support and treatment
  • shared with the Ministry of Health where required (e.g. to give you a National Health Index (NHI) number or update any changes)
  • shared with Cosine PHO and Ministry of Health to obtain subsidised funding on your behalf, or for other required reporting purposes
  • used to determine eligibility to receive publicly funded services.

Members of the Karori Medical Centre Health Team may:

  • add to your health record during any services provided to you and use it to provide appropriate care
  • share relevant health information with other health professionals who are involved in your care

We may disclose your personal information: 

  • to authorised third party service providers to facilitate your specific requests or to assist us in providing products or services to you or improving our products or services
  • to government agencies, law enforcement agencies, safety and security personnel, if required to do so by law, court order, or other legal process or where we are requested to do so by an authorised governmental or law enforcement authority
  • to government, security, safety, law enforcement agencies and medical agencies if we believe in good faith that disclosure is desirable to lessen or prevent a serious threat to an individual’s life, health or safety or a serious threat to public health or public safety
  • our assignees or potential assignees
  • your nominated next of kin and/or other general practitioner or health professional (if applicable to the services being provided to you)
  • emergency services (if applicable to the services being provided to you)


Access to my personal and health information

You have the right to access (and have corrected) personal and health information that we hold about you under the Privacy Act 1993 and Health Information Privacy Code 1994.


Visiting another GP

If you visit another GP who is not your regular doctor you will be asked for permission to share information from the visit with your regular doctor or practice.  It is important that this information is shared so that we can ensure appropriate support and treatment is provided.  If you have a High User Health Card or Community Services Card and you visit another GP who is not your regular doctor, he/she can make a claim for a subsidy, and the practice you are enrolled in will be informed of the date of that visit. The name of the practice you visited and the reason(s) for the visit will not be disclosed unless you give your consent.


In the case of financial audits, your health details may be reviewed by an auditor for checking a financial claim made by the practice, but only according to the terms and conditions of section 22G of the Health Act (or any subsequent applicable Act). You may be contacted by the auditor to check that services have been received. If the audit involves checking on health matters, a suitably qualified health care practitioner will view the health records.

Privacy concerns

If you have any privacy-related concerns, you may contact the Privacy Officer at our medical centre.