CLA and Department of Health

Application number:
1998 S0077
Decision date:
Friday, Sep 11, 1998

CLA and Gold Coast District Health Service (Department of Health)
(1998 S0077, 11 September 1998) 

This case involved the application of the principles set out in P and Brisbane South Regional Health Authority (1994) 2 QAR 159.  The matter in issue consisted of a three page letter concerning the applicant, written for the purpose of assisting staff of the Gold Coast Hospital in the care and treatment of the applicant, who had been a psychiatric patient. 

The author of the letter objected to its release on the ground that it was given in confidence.  The Information Commissioner found that the letter was exempt matter under s.46(1)(a), as its disclosure would found an action for breach of confidence.