Health record requests
The Royal Women's Hospital has obstetric medical records dating back to 1960 and gynaecology records from 1968 onwards.
Prior to 1960 minimal birth details (for example, time of birth, weight and length) are available from Birth Registers. See the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website. Recently accessed records are stored in Health Records & Information Services or in a secondary storage area at the hospital.
Older records are stored either in paper format in a tertiary storage area off site or on microfiche/microfilm.
Freedom of Information requests
Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the public can access both their medical records and those of relatives.
Requests for information may include:
- Copies of medical records
- Summaries of medical records
- Time of Birth
- Blood group
All requests must be received with completed application forms and must include appropriate identification.
Charges associated with requests include:
- $28.40 Standard Application Fee
- $21.30 Search Fee
- 20 cents per page Photocopying charge
- Microfilm/Microfiche (Records between 1968 - 1995 are either on Microfilm/Microfiche)
- 55c per page printed
- All other external costs associated with retrieving, handling and processing your request – an estimation will be provided after receiving your application and a deposit may be payable before proceeding
The standard FOI application fee is only waived for applicants who can provide a photocopy of their certified Social Security card (ie. Pension or Healthcare card). This is not applicable for Time of Birth requests
Following the requirements of the FOI Act, requests will receive attention as soon as possible but not later than 30 days upon acceptance of a valid application. In some cases, this time may be extended.