The Victorian Freedom of Information Act (1982) (FOI Act) allows you to request access to your medical record held by Timboon and District Healthcare Service, which makes it possible to obtain a copy of the medical record or to view the original record.
Under the FOI Act your request for documents must meet 3 requirements to be valid:
You must complete and sign our Freedom of Information Request Form. (PDF available for downloading above)
Must give clear explanation of the documents you are seeking
Photo identification that shows your signature, eg a photocopy of a driver’s licence or passport MUST be sent with your application or a written authority if you are submitting a request on behalf of another person (such as a law firm acting on behalf of their client); and
Application Fee $31.80 – 2023/24 (please be aware that additional fees can be charged depending on the amount of information requested)
Payment by cheque/money order/credit card made payable to TDHS.
Once these 3 requirements have been met, TDHS has 30 days to release the information or by extension in agreement with the applicant.
If you feel you have trouble paying the fees involved with the Freedom of Information request, you can ask for TDHS to waive the fees on the grounds of financial hardship by completing the Income Self-Declaration Form.