HBF Physio by Life Ready Privacy Policy & Collection of Personal Information

HBF Physio by Life Ready is a physiotherapy business, with clinics in Western Australia. Our focus is moving you towards your best quality of life. It is important to us that you know why we collect your personal information, how we keep it secure, what we use it for and who we share it with.

“HBF Physio”, “HBF Physio by Life Ready” and “we”, “us” and “our” refer to individual businesses operating under the HBF Physio business name. Each individual clinic in the HBF Physio by Life Ready network is a company wholly or majority owned by Life Ready Health Group Pty Ltd ACN 614 921 078 (LRHG). With LRHG, we are all part of HBF Health Limited ABN 11 126 884 786 (HBF).

This Privacy Policy applies to personal information collected by us. We are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which govern the way private sector organisations collect, use, keep secure and disclose personal information.

We recommend that you keep this information for future reference.

1. What is personal information?

The Privacy Act defines personal information to mean information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent or can be reasonably ascertained, from the information or an opinion.

2. What is sensitive information?

Sensitive information is a subset of personal information. It means information or an opinion about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political organisation, religious beliefs or affiliations, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual preferences or practices or health information about an individual.

Given the types of health services we provide, we will collect information necessary to treat you which may include health or medical information. Otherwise, we attempt to limit the collection of sensitive information we collect from you. We do not collect sensitive information from you without your consent.

3. Collection of your personal information

3.1 We only collect personal information that is necessary for what we do. We collect personal information when you contact us in person, by phone (including from call recordings), mail, email or online.

The type of information we may collect from you includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  1. if you contact us or make an enquiry through our website, our team may require any of the following information: your full name (first and last), your email address, your phone number, type of enquiry details (such as medical, careers, partnership, occupational physiotherapy, mobile physiotherapy, in-clinic physiotherapy or complaint) and any other information you offer in the body of your enquiry;
  2. for our clients (whether booking in person, over the phone [including call recordings], through our website or via our video health consultations):
  • your contact information such as first and last name and email address, preferred phone number, home address, gender, preferred clinic location, or service request;
  • your opinions via surveys and questionnaires concerning our staff or your experience with our clinic, if applicable, including but not limited to your views on the products and services we offer (noting that we ordinarily do not collect your name, but your identity may be evident from the feedback provided);
  • relevant medical information necessary to allow us to treat you (which may include, but are not limited to pre-treatment function or pain surveys);
  • if necessary to treat you or contained in your referral to us, information about you from your insurer, employers, principal or doctors;
  • any relevant payment or billing information, health fund, Medicare, pensioner or other Government related identifiers (including but not limited to bank account details, credit card details, billing address, payment information and invoice details);
  • for video consultations, your IP address, profile and contact details on the selected online portal, and any other personal information that may be collected or incidentally supplied by you by virtue of the video consultation; and
  • in certain limited circumstances, we may request you provide us with additional personal information which may indicate whether you have had exposure to an infectious disease.
  1. if you are an applicant for employment with us, or engaged by us as an employee:
  • details relating to your employment and performance related information (if applicable);
  • personality screening and profiling for new starters that may reveal personal or sensitive information about you;
  • contact information: such as your name, email address, current postal and residential address, phone numbers, country of residence, or next of kin contact details;
  • CV, resume, or application related information: such as the details provided in your resume or CV, your eligibility to work in Australia, your education, previous employment details, professional memberships, or trade qualifications; and
  • tax, superannuation, and payroll information: such as your Tax File Number and ATO declaration, superannuation details and financial institution details.
  1. if you are engaged by us as a contractor or sole trader
  • the details listed in paragraph 3.1(c), except that references to “employment” are replaced by references to “contractor / sole trader engagement”, as applicable; and
  • company name, ACN or ABN details (or both).
  1. where we interact with you via social media and other marketing activities: your activity including “likes”, comments posted, your opinions or feedback and any other information pertaining to your social media activities which concern, or relate, to us.

3.2 As much as possible or unless provided otherwise under this policy, we will collect your information directly from you.

3.3 When you engage in certain activities, such as filling out a survey or sending us feedback, we may ask you to provide certain information. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities.

3.4 Depending upon the reason for requiring the information, some of the information we ask you to provide may be identified as mandatory or voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data or any other information, we require for us to provide our services to you, we may be unable to effectively provide our services to you.

3.5 Due to the nature of the products and services we provide to you, it is impractical (and in some cases, impossible) for us to deal with you on an anonymous basis or through use of a pseudonym (other than when you are providing us with anonymous feedback).

4. Cookies and IP addresses

4.1 We may gather your IP address as part of our business activities and to assist with any operational difficulties or support issues with our services. This information does not identify you personally.

4.2 If you use our website, we may utilise “cookies” which enable us to monitor traffic patterns and to serve you more efficiently if you revisit the site. Cookies are small text files which are downloaded on to your computer or mobile device when you visit a web site or application.

4.3 A cookie does not identify you personally, but it does identify your computer, and certain types of cookies can identify you when combined with other personal information we hold about you. Your browser should notify you when you receive a cookie or the first time you visit our website, and this will provide you with an opportunity to either accept or reject it.

4.4 There are several types of cookies that our website uses, such as those:

  • necessary to operate our website – administrative and operational purposes; and
  • that collect statistics/analytics on how you use our website – where you visited our website from, what your interaction was with.

4.5 You may restrict, block, or delete cookies from our website by adjusting the settings of your browser. Each browser is different, so consult the ‘Help’ menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

5. How we may use and disclose your personal information

5.1 We will only use or disclose your personal information for the primary purposes for which it was collected or as consented to and/or as set out below.

5.2 You consent to us using and disclosing your personal information to facilitate the purpose for which your personal information was collected, including:

  1. for enquiries received by us – enabling us to consider and respond to your enquiry.
  2. for our clients:
  • the provision of our health-related services to you (including video consultations);
  • providing a medical report to your insurer, employer or treating practitioner, as required;
  • the administration and management of our services, including payment processing, charging, billing, credit card authorisation and verification, health care rebates;
  • the improvement of our services (including to contact you about those improvements and asking you to anonymously participate in surveys about the products and services);
  • the maintenance and development of our products and services, business systems and infrastructure;
  • marketing campaigns, targeted marketing and promotional activities by us and our related bodies corporate such as direct mail, phone or email client communications;
  • to provide client service functions, including handling client enquiries and complaints (including any complaints to regulatory bodies about the services provided);
  • processing refunds; and
  • to allow us to take any necessary or reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.
  1. for persons that apply for a role with us, are employed by us or are engaged by us as contractors or sole traders:
  • background checks and verification of your identity;
  • (upon carrying out your duties or providing services), payment of amounts due and owing to you, including making payments to financial institution for payroll purposes;
  • relevant superannuation company, Government agencies (including but not limited to the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink), worker’s compensation organisation; and
  • administration, performance monitoring and management.
  1. if you participate in our social media platforms (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn) and you provide us with your personal information, we will use it to send marketing material to you, client service-related content, respond to social media messages and we may also re-post your post on our page or in our stories;
  2. as required or authorised by law;
  3. the sale, and matters in connection with a potential sale, of our business or company to a third party; and
  4. any other matters reasonably necessary to continue to provide our products and services to you.

5.3 We may also use or disclose your personal information and in doing so we are not required to seek your additional consent:

  • when it is disclosed or used for a purpose related to the primary purposes of collection detailed above and you would reasonably expect your personal information to be used or disclosed for such a purpose;
  • if we reasonably believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious or imminent threat to an individual’s life, health or safety or to lessen or prevent a threat to public health or safety;
  • if we have reason to suspect that unlawful activity has been, or is being, engaged in; or
  • if it is required or authorised by law (including but not limited to regulatory bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission).

5.3 We will only use or disclose your personal information for the primary purposes for which it was collected or as consented to and/or as set out below.

5.4 In the event we propose to use or disclose such personal information other than for reasons in paragraphs 5.1 – 5.3 above, we will first seek your consent prior to such disclosure or use.

5.5 If you have received communications from us and you no longer wish to receive those sorts of communications, you should contact us by email at communications@lifeready.com.au

Any other use or disclosure we make of your personal information will only be as required by law or as permitted by the Privacy Act or by this policy or otherwise with your consent.

6. The types of organisations to which we may disclose your personal information

6.1 We may disclose your personal information to organisations outside of HBF Physio. Examples of organisations and/or parties that your personal information may be provided to include:

  • service providers based here and overseas, including without limitation our IT service providers, consultants, billing providers;
  • related entities and subsidiaries of HBF Physio;
  • our contractors, sole traders who work with us and agents;
  • law enforcement agencies, as required by law or a court order;
  • hospitals, general practitioners (GPs) and other health practitioners; and
  • third parties as part of an acquisition of HBF Physio.

6.2 Your personal information is disclosed to these organisations and/or parties only in relation to the products or services we provide to you or for a purpose permitted by this policy.

6.3 We take such steps as are reasonable to ensure that these organisations and/or parties are aware of the provisions of this policy in relation to your personal information.

7. Personalised Marketing

7.1 You expressly consent to us using your personal information (other than sensitive information), including any email address you give to us, to provide you with information and to tell you about our products, services, or events when you are a client of ours (or otherwise request to receive such personalised marketing communications which we consider may be of interest to you).

7.2 Without limitation of paragraph 8.1, if it is within your reasonable expectations that we send you personalised marketing communications given the transaction or communication you have had with us, then we may also use your personal information for the purpose of sending you personalised marketing communications which we consider may be of interest to you.

7.3 If at any time you do not wish to receive any further direct marketing communications from us, you may ask us not to send you any further information about products and services and not to disclose your information to other organisations for that purpose. You may do this at any time by using the “unsubscribe” facility included in the email or by contacting us at communications@lifeready.com.au

8. Remote Storage/Disclosures (including overseas)

8.1 HBF Physio by Life Ready holds some of your personal information on servers located on site at each clinic, our Australian based data centre and its service provider’s cloud platforms.

8.2 By submitting your personal information to HBF Physio by Life Ready, you expressly agree and consent to the disclosure, transfer, storing or processing of your personal information outside of Australia. In providing this consent, you understand and acknowledge that countries outside Australia do not always have the same privacy protection obligations as Australia in relation to personal information.

8.3 The Privacy Act requires us to take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that any recipients of your personal information outside of Australia do not breach the privacy principles contained within the Privacy Act.

8.4 If you do not agree to the transfer of your personal information outside Australia, please do not supply us with your personal information, or contact us by email at communications@lifeready.com.au

9. Data Quality and Security

9.1 We will hold your personal information for the purposes listed above, and we have taken steps to help ensure your personal information we hold is safe.

9.2 Notwithstanding the above, we will take reasonable steps to:

  • make sure that the personal information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up to date;
  • protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification, or disclosure both physically and through computer security methods; and
  • destroy or permanently de-identify personal information if it is no longer needed for its purpose of collection.

9.3 However, the accuracy of personal information depends largely on the information you provide to us, so we recommend that you:

  • let us know if there are any errors in your personal information; and
  • keep us up-to-date with changes to your personal information (such as your name or address).

10. Access to and correction of your personal information

10.1 You are entitled to have access to any personal information relating to you which we possess, except in some exceptional circumstances provided by law. You are entitled to request an edit to such information unless we are required by law to retain it or permitted to retain it in accordance with this policy. However, we may keep track of past transactions for our accounting and audit requirements.

10.2 If you would like to amend any records of personal information we have about you, you are able to access, update and delete that information (subject to the above) online in your own account, or by contacting any member of our administration team at your preferred HBF Physio by Life Ready location. Email addresses can be found on our website.

11. Complaints and Consent

11.1 If you wish to raise a complaint with us regarding the way that we have handled your personal information or otherwise have any concerns, please write to us at info@lifereadyphysio.com.au or submit a complaints form via our website.

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and state-based regulators, as appropriate.

We will take steps to handle and resolve your complaint, including escalating your complaint to an appropriate person to handle it.

12. General Provisions

12.1 This is a compliance document prescribed by law, rather than a legal contract. However, certain contracts may incorporate all of part of this policy. By using our website or accepting our terms and conditions, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy.

12.2 If you are taken to a third-party website from our website, this policy no longer applies to your personal information. Rather, you will need to review the privacy documentation of the third-party website.

12.3 We reserve the right to modify our policy as our business needs require. We will notify you of such changes (whether by direct communication or by posting a notice on our website), after which, your continued use of our products, services or website or your continued dealings with us shall be deemed to be your agreement to the modified terms.

Updated: August 2023