Accessing the records of a person who is deceased
Medical and health information is sensitive, personal information which is subject to strong privacy protections, even after a person dies.
In some situations these privacy interests may be reduced or there may be other factors, outweighing the privacy interests, which favours disclosure of the information.
Under the Right to Information Act 2009 a person can apply for access to the medical records of someone who is deceased if the records are held by a Queensland government agency.
For information on who is eligible to apply for the records of a person who is deceased and other relevant information, please refer to the Office of the Information Commissioner website.
Phone: + 61 7 4433 1319
Fax: +61 7 4433 1331
Release of Information Unit
Townsville Hospital and Health Service
PO Box 670
Townsville QLD 4810
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (excluding public holidays)