The Association is a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act and is a professional association for speech pathologists. We will generally collect your personal information from you directly. We collect personal information from you in various ways, such as when you communicate with us, if you apply for membership, if you apply for a job with us, if you provide a product or service to us, or when you participate in any of our activities, events or programs. If we collect any personal information about you from another party, where practicable, we will take reasonable steps to inform you why we have collected the information and how we will use it. The types of personal information we may collect about individuals includes their name, address, date of birth, telephone number, financial details, e-mail address and details relating to employment and employment history. The types of information we collect about members includes their name and contact information, date of birth, qualifications, membership status, work place and areas of practice.
Some information we collect may be sensitive information. For example, if you make a complaint about a member, we may collect sensitive information such as health information about you. We will only collect sensitive information with your consent, or as otherwise permitted by law. We collect personal information to enable us to register and manage membership status, to communicate with members, to provide referrals to the public, to report on membership status, to collate general professional data, to provide contacts for research purposes and to perform other activities related to the Association’s functions. If you do not provide your personal information to the Association, we may be unable to offer membership to you or to maintain your membership or you may be unable to participate in or have access to our processes, programs, events and activities.
Any personal information we collect from you will be used to promote the speech pathology profession and in relation to the objects of the Association, including the following purposes to:
- create and maintain membership records.
- report on membership status.
- conduct Branch activities.
- provide referrals to members of the public.
- conduct mail outs for research purposes.
- communicate and cooperate with other health organisations and professional bodies and government departments and agencies.
- collate data about the profession.
- investigate and manage complaints about members.
- consider and assess applications for employment with the Association.
- administer our relationship with third parties, such as our contractors and agents.
- plan, manage, review and audit our activities and processes.
- perform any of our other functions and activities.
Members may elect to not permit release of their practice contact details for the purpose of public referrals, private practice listings or online searches. The Association may disclose personal information to Branch officers and secretariats, other members of the Association, members of the public, government agencies, regulatory bodies, other professional associations, health insurance and funding agencies, universities or other bodies undertaking relevant research and third-parties providing services to Speech Pathology Australia. The Association does not ordinarily disclose personal information to individuals outside Australia. If we transfer personal information to an overseas person or organisation, we will comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 that relate to overseas disclosures. We will not use an individual’s personal information for direct marketing purposes unless we are permitted to do so under the Privacy Act 1988 .
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