Who we are
Moving Forward Clinical Psychologists adhere to the National Privacy Principles for Health Providers.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
We collect information in order to provide effective therapy. For instance: contact details, psychological symptoms, history, contributing factors and results of psychological tests. As part of our code of ethics, we are required to keep adequate records for at least 7 years.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Any personal information gathered during the course of your therapy will remain strictly confidential. Without your consent, your information will not be discussed with any third party including partners, family members, GPs or other health professionals. Exceptions to confidentiality include: if your file is subpoenaed by a court of law; if we have concerns relating to child protection issues; or if we have reason to believe that you, or someone else, may be at risk of harm. Wherever possible, any concerns of this nature would be discussed with you first.
Please note that mental health care plan referrals form part of a ‘shared care’ model, which means your psychologist and referring GP are required to communicate with each other regarding your therapy. You are welcome to view any correspondence about you, and your signed consent is sought prior to the Psychologist communicating with your referring GP.