materials presented here have been compiled by the Asthma
Foundation of WA for use by general practitioners, health
professionals, medical, pharmaceutical and nursing students,
teachers and people with asthma. The information and treatment
protocols contained in the handbooks, pamphlets and educational
materials are based on current medical knowledge and practice
as at the date of publication. They are intended as a general
guide only and are not intended to replace medical care. The
Asthma Foundation of WA and its employees accept no responsibility
for the contents of the publications or for any consequences
of treating asthma according to the guidelines contained therein.
THE ASTHMA FOUNDATION OF WA (AFWA)
The Asthma Foundation of WA is committed to the protection
of private information that it gathers from those with whom
we have contact for asthma education/information, members
of the Foundation, donors, website users, corporate sector
clients, health professionals and other entities.
We acknowledge the trust that is given to us when we collect
information from you and we will do all in our power to ensure
that we respect your trust and protect your privacy. To do
that, we will adopt the following principles.
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
• We will only collect personal information from you
when it is necessary for one or more of our legitimate services,
functions or activities.
• The health information you give us will be used to
provide you with the best possible information we have at
our disposal to help you manage your asthma effectively.
• We will not collect personal information about you
or your medical condition from anyone else but you or a responsible
carer, unless consent is given.
• We will only collect information for children and
young people from a parent, guardian, responsible carer or
directly from the child or young person where that is appropriate.
• We will not use unlawful or unfair means to obtain
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
• The information we collect from you will be used
to respond to your asthma needs or for other legitimate services,
functions or activities.
• The information you give us may be used to generate
statistics that will assist us to understand how people manage
their asthma and to help us provide better services or resources.
We will not personally identify any information used for statistical
• We may contact you to see whether the information
we provided was adequate and to ascertain whether any further
support or information would help you. We may also ask you
about our service delivery and how we may improve our profile
• If you are not already a financial supporter of our
work, we may invite you to make a contribution to the fight
against asthma. However, financial support will not be a prerequisite
for our support to you. You may request at any time that we
do not send you invitations to contribute to our work and
we will honour that request.
• We will not sell or trade your contact details to
any other person or organisation for purposes of direct marketing.
• The information we collect will not be disclosed to
a third person or organisation, including your doctor, unless
you ask us to do so, or give your consent to any request for
transfer of the information. In the event that you are not
able to give your consent, we will act on the advice of a
responsible person who is caring for you.
• We will co-operate with requests from statutory or
other bodies for information you have provided to us where
the request is authorised by a relevant Act.
• We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that
the information we collect is accurate and up-to date.
• We will ensure that only qualified Foundation staff
can access your private information and we will destroy or
remove personal identification from it when there is no longer
an apparent use for it. If you ask us to do it, we will destroy
or remove identification from your private information at
• We will provide you with a printed copy of our Privacy
Policy upon request. The policy will also be available on
our web site and will be published from time to time in our
• We will tell you what information we hold, how we
collected it and how we use it, upon request.
ACCESS AND CORRECTION
• You may have access to your information upon request
and we will change any information you deem to be incorrect.
Access will be subject to proof of identity and will be available
from our registered office. We will not delete or change your
records if we have received a request from statutory or other
bodies for information you have provided to us.
• We will not provide you with access to information
for another person without their consent or unless you can
provide reasonable proof that you are acting as a responsible
carer for that person.
• Where possible we will use a unique and personal
identifier to distinguish your information. We will not disclose
that identifier to any other person or organisation except
under the circumstances mentioned above.
• We will not ask you for or use any other identifier
issued to you by any other agency, organisation or government
• Unless there is a good practical or legal reason
that requires identification, you will have the choice of
remaining anonymous when providing information to us. In this
case, the record may still be used for unidentified statistical
data but we may not then be able to provide you with support
information or follow up.
TRANSBORDER DATA FLOWS
• We will not transfer your information within or outside
of Australia without your consent or the consent of a responsible
• We will not collect personal information revealing
ethnic or racial origin, political opinions, religious beliefs,
health, disability or other sensitive information unless we
have your consent.
INTERNET TRANSACTIONS AND ENQUIRIES
Collection of Click Stream and other information
• When you visit our web site, our server logs the following
information, which is provided by your browser. This information
is logged for statistical purposes only:
• your server’s IP address or your personal IP
address. These addresses are numbers unique to the machine
through which you access the internet;
• the type of browser and operating system you are using;
• the address of the referring site, i.e. the previous
site you visited;
• the date and time of your visit; and,
• the address of the pages accessed and the documents
We will not try to identify you or your browsing activities
except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a
law enforcement agency may exercise legal authority to inspect
the service provider’s logs.
A cookie is a packet of information that allows the computer
that houses our web site (the server) to identify and interact
more effectively with your computer. Our server generates
a temporary cookie, which is used to keep track of the pages
you have accessed whilst visiting our web site. The cookie
exists only for the time you are using our server. At the
end of your interaction with us the cookie no longer exists
on your computer and cannot be used for further identification
or access to your machine.
Our web site may also store cookies on your web browser in
order to improve service for you on a subsequent visit to
our web site. We may use a third-party to collect statistical
data via cookies but that information will not be identified
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Our web site contains links to other sites on the Internet.
Those sites are not under our control and we cannot be held
responsible for the privacy practices or content of those
sites. Some sites may not be subject to Australian Privacy
site before providing any response or information.