It has been proposed that space be made available on the new access card to include personal information that might be used in a medical emergency, such as next of kin, doctor details, allergies, drug alerts, organ donation status, etc. Inclusion of this information would be optional and voluntary.
The Access Card Consumer and Privacy Taskforce has now released a discussion paper of Voluntary and Medical Emergency Information that can be considered for inclusion in the consumer-controlled area of the access card.
According to Chair of the Taskforce, Professor Allan Fels, the key question is what information is absolutely necessary to facilitate emergency medical treatment, and what is merely convenient for a cardholder to have.
The paper is available on the Consumer and Privacy Taskforce website. Submissions on the discussion paper close on 16 March 2007.