Patients trust their doctors with secrets, not the government or the tax office | Ranjana Srivastava

People have a right to worry about their health data falling into the wrong hands. Dismissing their concerns is unethical

What is that antibiotic I am allergic to that sounds like penicillin but isn’t? What happens when I take ibuprofen? Did my last ECG have a left or right bundle branch block? Am I due for my pneumonia shot yet? What does proteinuria mean?

Occasionally for my parents and often for my patients, I am the default holder of such information. Sometimes, in the fog of ill health, people forget critical information like their heart stopped beating upon receiving a certain anaesthetic or they have a propensity for low blood pressure. Sometimes, a meticulous discharge summary has been shoved into the bottom of a drawer where it stays while doctors frantically chase information on which a patient’s wellbeing, or even life, depends.

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Police tactics ‘entirely inappropriate’ in shooting death of Courtney Topic, coroner says

Sydney woman shot within 41 seconds of police arriving after she was spotted holding a knife in a Hungry Jacks car park in 2015

Police made multiple errors when they shot and killed a 22-year-old woman suffering a “severe episode of psychosis”, the New South Wales coroner has found.

Courtney Topic was shot within 41 seconds of police arriving after she was spotted holding a kitchen knife in the car park of a Hungry Jacks in western Sydney in February 2015.

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Woman says Cricket Australia sacked her for abortion rights tweets

Angela Williamson called Tasmanian Liberals ‘gutless’ on reproductive health access

A former Cricket Australia employee alleges she was sacked because she campaigned for improved abortion rights in Tasmania and criticised the state Liberal government on social media.

Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.

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Woman says Cricket Australia sacked her for abortion rights tweets

Angela Williamson called Tasmanian Liberals ‘gutless’ on reproductive health access

A former Cricket Australia employee alleges she was sacked because she campaigned for improved abortion rights in Tasmania and criticised the state Liberal government on social media.

Angela Williamson, 39, was sacked from her job as manager of public policy and government relations at Cricket Australia following a tweet in which she labelled the government “gutless” for failing to ensure women had access to reproductive health services in the state, Fairfax reported on Monday.

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