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New Zealand and Australian social, education and health researchers will participate in the Privacy Research Symposium at the University of Auckland Business School on 15 December and present new research.

This first ever Privacy Research Symposium will highlight new research which is of special relevance and interest to people in the social services, education and health sectors who need to share personal information in the course of their work.

Some of the research has been funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner as part of its Privacy Good Research Fund. The Fund was established to stimulate privacy-related research and public education or awareness raising initiatives.

The Privacy Good Research Fund initiatives supported that will be presented at the Privacy Research Symposium are:

  • The ethics of sharing: What concerns underpin practitioner decisions about what to document in shared electronic records and how should they be resolved? (University of Auckland School of Population Studies)
  • Information sharing and high needs clients (Methodist Mission Southern)
  • E-records and multi-disciplinary healthcare: An examination of community nurses’ knowledge and practice concerning electronic patient records, appropriate access and privacy (NZ Nurses Organisation)
  • Parent-centric privacy framework for a safe cyber environment for children (University of Waikato Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences)

The Privacy Research Symposium will also feature a presentation from an Australian researcher on privacy in aged-care facilities. Alison Rahn is a practising sex therapist currently undertaking a PhD at the University of New England. Her research project, 'Baby Boomer Sexuality: Exploring the Wants, Needs and Available Options for Partnered Individuals and Couples in Australian Residential Aged Care' is gathering data on the sexual and intimacy needs of partnered baby boomers and their expectations of residential aged care.

More information about the Privacy Research Symposium including the programme and information about the speakers is available here.

The Privacy Research Symposium is one of the events planned for Privacy Research Week (12-16 December) in Auckland. More information about Privacy Research Week can be found here.


Senior Communications Adviser Charles Mabbett 021 509 735