Professional ethics require information conveyed by clients during sessions and any notes that are taken by the counsellor are to be kept private and confidential.
Women’s Health & Wellbeing Service does not prepare reports for third parties, such as, for example but not limited to, reports for legal representatives or the courts, doctors and social workers. (Except where a Mental Health Care Plan is being utilized and reports will be sent to my General Practitioner as per the Medicare requirement).
Women’s Health & Wellbeing Service will not release client information to any other party without my consent. There are however exceptions to this rule:
In the event that I may be in danger (i.e. of harming myself or someone else) contact will be made with the necessary professionals including the department of child protection, family or friends. I understand where possible I will be made aware and included in the process. If a session is not attended without any contact, I am aware that my counsellor will contact my next of kin family or friends to check on my wellbeing
On occasion in order to provide more effective therapy, a consultation process or collaboration with another suitably qualified professional* is maintained, as needed.
I have also been informed that my counsellor attends ongoing professional supervision in keeping with the highest standard of professional service delivery. No information given in supervision identifies me and therefore is still confidential.
Note: *These Health Professionals are then also bound by the same confidentiality guidelines.