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Western Australia. 1973 ‘Disclosure by Health Professionals of Certain Information.’ Firearms Act 1973 (Version 05-00-00, reprinted under the Reprints Act 1984 as at 13 February 2015 ); Section 23B. Perth: State Law Publisher. 18 October

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23B. Disclosure by health professionals of certain information

(1) If a health professional is of the opinion that —
(a) because of the patient's physical, mental, or emotional condition, it is not in the person's interest or not in the public interest that the person possess any firearm or ammunition to which the patient is believed to have access; or
(b) in the case of a medical practitioner or registered nurse, a person is seeking or has sought medical assistance for an injury in the infliction of which a firearm or ammunition is believed to have been involved, nothing prevents the health professional in good faith from informing the Commissioner of that opinion.

(2) This section has effect despite any duty of confidentiality, and nothing done by a health professional in good faith in accordance with this section gives rise to a criminal or civil action or remedy.

(3) In this section —
health professional means —
(a) a medical practitioner; or
(b) a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Western Australia) in the psychology profession; or
(c) a registered nurse; or
(d) a prescribed class of social worker; or
(e) a prescribed class of professional counsellor;
registered nurse means - a person registered under Part 4 of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2006.

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