New Australian Guidelines Based on Established COACH Resource

Australians are benefitting from a new health information privacy and security guide that HISA, the country’s health informatics organization, recently published based on the COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information, an important resource in Canadian healthcare since 1989.

The new Australian Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information: Protecting Health Information is Everyone’s Business was developed after COACH set up a licensing agreement with HISA for use of the COACH Guidelines in Australia – the first agreement of this kind with a jurisdiction outside of Canada.

“This is a phenomenal achievement for COACH,” said COACH CEO Don Newsham. “HISA’s use of our Guidelines speaks to the series’ sterling reputation as a ‘go-to’ privacy and security resource based on widely accepted standards and principles. This initiative is deeply rooted in COACH’s commitment to strengthening the use and impact of health informatics (HI) practice and professionalism and also well founded in the strong collaboration between HISA and COACH on many fronts.”

The new Australian document was edited by leading privacy and security experts, who evaluated and augmented the COACH Guidelines with Australia’s legislation, issues and examples, including addressing the new 13 Australian Privacy Principles.

“HISA is indebted to the vision and collaboration of our Canadian counterpart, COACH, whose highly regarded Guidelines form the basis for the HISA Guidelines,” said HISA CEO Louise Schaper. Canadian and internationally recognized privacy and security experts author and regularly update the COACH Guidelines.

The series is currently available for jurisdiction-wide use in several Canadian provinces and territories. For more information about jurisdictional or international agreements, please contact COACH at For more information about the series, visit asp.

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