Genetic information disclosed

A recent amendment to Australia’s Privacy Act will allow health practitioners to now disclose genetic information to their patient’s genetic relatives.

Genetic conditions aren’t necessarily an imminent threat so doctor’s have been unable to inform genetic relatives of their patient’s condition.

Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis said that the amendments will give families choices if their relative has a serious genetic condition.

“They could take some action if they wanted to, to try and reduce any harm if they also have that genetic condition themselves.”

Information will only be able to be disclosed by doctors under the Privacy Act in accordance with the guidelines.

Doctors aren’t permitted to disclose genetic information to non-genetic relatives including husbands and wives or where there is no threat to the genetic relative.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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