The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of patients and other people using the Australian health system. These rights are essential to make sure that wherever and whenever care is provided, it is of high quality and is safe.

What can I expect from the Australian health system?

MY RIGHTS WHAT THIS MEANS
Access
I have a right to health care.
 
I can access services to address my healthcare needs.
Safety
I have a right to receive safe and high quality care.

 
I receive safe and high quality health services, provided with professional care, skill and competence.

Respect
I have a right to be shown respect, dignity and consideration.
 
The care provided shows respect to me and my culture, beliefs, values and personal characteristics.
Communication
I have a right to be informed about services, treatment, options and costs in a clear and open way.
 
I receive open, timely and appropriate communication about my health care in a way I can understand.
Participation
I have a right to be included in decisions and choices about my care.
 
I may join in making decisions and choices about my care and about health service planning.
Privacy
I have a right to privacy and confidentiality of my personal information.
 
My personal privacy is maintained and proper handling of my personal health and other information is assured.
Comment
I have a right to comment on my care and to have my concerns addressed.
 
I can comment on or complain about my care and have my concerns dealt with properly and promptly.

The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights