Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes the personal information that may be collected by the Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga Group (‘PSCY‘, ‘we’ or ‘us’), the choices you can make about your personal information and how we protect your information. 

If you would like a printed version of this policy, you can print this page using your browser, or contact us for a copy. Our contact details are listed at the end of this Policy. 

To meet your expectations about privacy and confidentiality Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga has operational processes and procedures to comply with: 

Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988  

Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) Code of Practice in relation to how we market to our customers;  

Spam Act 2003 in relation to electronic marketing; 

If you have any questions not addressed in this policy, please feel free to contact us. 

By using this website, you acknowledge that you’ve read and understood this privacy policy. Please note that this policy does not extend your rights or Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga’s obligations beyond those defined in the legislation listed above. 

Should there be any inconsistency between this policy, the Privacy Act and other Acts mentioned above, this policy shall be interpreted to give effect to and comply with the legislation.  

This policy includes examples but is not intended to be restricted in its application to such examples. Where the word ‘including’ is used, it shall mean ‘including without limitation’. 

Our websites contain links to external websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites. We recommend you review the privacy policies of each site you visit. 

‘Personal information’ means information we hold about you where your identity is either clear or can be reasonably determined. When you give us your personal information, it imposes a serious responsibility on us. Protecting your privacy when handling your personal information is very important to us and is fundamental to the way we serve you. 

Generally, we will collect personal information directly from you, and only to the extent necessary to provide the product or service you requested or to carry out our internal administrative operations or meet relevant regulatory requirements. We may also collect personal information for the purpose of enhancing our ability to improve service delivery to you and other customers in the future. 

We will collect personal information from you by lawful and fair means. 

Information Collected 

As noted above, we will only collect personal information from you that’s necessary to provide the product or service or to carry out internal administrative functions, or any other personal information you submit to us. We collect different personal information depending on the product or service that you have requested. Some examples include: 

  • Newsletters We collect your name and your email address which we keep until you choose to unsubscribe from this service. 
  • The Shop – When you register for an account with the online shop, we collect basic contact details (name, address, phone, email) to simplify the checkout process for you and to allow you to sign-up to receiving related promotional offers. 
  • Stripe – We process secure online payments for our merchant customers through our Gateway and Online Payments offering. Stripe captures basic payment information and passes it through to the relevant financial institution. 

 Unsolicited Information 

“Unsolicited” personal information is personal information about an individual that an organisation has unintentionally received. This is an uncommon occurrence for Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga, but when it does happen, we will protect your personal information with the same rigour as we treat personal information that we intended to collect. If we could not have collected this information through our normal processes, we will de-identify that information as soon as we can. 

We use the personal information you provide only for purposes consistent with the reason you provided it, or for a directly related purpose. We may also use your personal information where required or permitted by law. We may also use your information where you have provided us with your express or implied consent. 

We may also use your personal information, or aggregate your personal information with the personal information of other customers (so that the aggregated information is no longer personal) for the purposes of:  

  • analysis to help us better understand the needs of our customers so that we and third parties can better develop products and services for you;  
  • providing information that is tailored to what we believe are your areas of interest; and;  
  • analysing your product and services to improve your experience and to enable us to develop new or enhanced functionality for you.  

We do not share your personal information with other organisations unless:  

  • you give us consent, or  
  • where sharing is otherwise required or permitted by law, or  
  • where this is necessary on a temporary basis to enable our contractors to perform specific functions.  

We have a strict duty to maintain the privacy of all personal information we hold about you. However, certain exceptions do apply. For example, where disclosure of your personal information is:  

  • authorised or required by law (e.g. disclosure to various government departments and agencies such as the Australian Taxation Office, CentreLink, Child Support Agency, or disclosure to courts under subpoena).  
  • in the public interest (e.g. where a crime, fraud or misdemeanour is committed or suspected and disclosure against the customer’s rights to confidentiality is justified).  
  • with your consent – your consent may be implied or express and it may also be verbal or written.  

From time to time we may use the personal information we collect from you to identify particular products and services which we believe may be of interest to you. We may then contact you to let you know about these products and services and how they may benefit you. We will generally only do this with your prior consent (where practical) and we will always give you a choice to opt out of receiving such information in future. 

Direct Marketing from Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga generally takes the form of Direct Mail or Electronic Marketing (email). In rare cases, we may use Telemarketing. Each of these channels is handled as follows: 

  • Direct mail – Where we use your personal information to send you marketing information via the post we may do so with your implied consent or, if this is impracticable, we will ensure that you are provided with an opportunity to opt out of receiving future such communications. By not ticking a clearly displayed “opt out” box, we will assume we have your implied consent to receive similar marketing communications in the future. We will always ensure that our opt out notices are clear, conspicuous and easy to take up. 
  • Electronic marketing – Where we use your personal information to send you marketing information by e-mail, SMS, MMS or other electronic means we may do so with your express or implied consent. You may give us your express consent by, for example, ticking a box on an electronic or paper form where we seek your permission to send you electronic or other marketing information. Consent may be implied from our existing business relationship or where you have a reasonable expectation of receiving an electronic marketing communication. 

Every directly addressed marketing contact sent or made by Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will include a means by which customers may unsubscribe (or opt out) of receiving further marketing information. 

Additionally, you may instruct us at any time to remove any previous consent you provided to receive marketing communications from us. 

You have the right to request access to the personal information we hold about you. This right is subject to certain exceptions allowed by law. 

Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will, upon your request, and subject to applicable privacy laws, provide you with access to your personal information that is held by us. However, we ask that you identify, as clearly as possible, the type (or types) of information requested. Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will deal with your request in a reasonable time – usually within 30 days. 


Your right to access your personal information is not absolute. In some circumstances, the law permits us to refuse your request to provide you with access to your personal information. 

Freedom of Information Laws 

In addition to privacy laws, you may have rights to access your personal information contained in certain documents. Details on how to apply for access to these documents are contained in the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). 

More information is available at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s freedom of information pages. 

It is inevitable that some personal information which we hold will become out of date. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information which we hold remains accurate and, if you advise us of a change of details, we will amend our records accordingly. 

Where your information has been disclosed to a third party, Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will take reasonable steps to notify the third party of the correction. 

Where we are unable to update your information, we will provide an explanation in writing as to why the information cannot be corrected. 

Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga is committed to protecting and securing your personal information.   

We understand that you may be concerned about the security of the personal information we collect from you online. 

Accordingly, we have systems in place to ensure our online dealings with you are as secure as your dealings with us in person, or on the telephone. 

In those instances where we secure your personal information in transit to us and upon receipt, we use the industry standard encryption software, Secured Socket Layer (SSL) 128 bit encryption. The URL in your browser will change to “HTTPS” instead of “HTTP” when this security feature is invoked. Your browser may also display a lock symbol on its bottom task bar line to indicate this secure transmission is in place. 

Information Collected on  Our Websites 

We may collect non-personal information from you such as browser type, operating system, and web pages visited to help us manage our web site. 

We use cookies (see below) and other internet technologies to manage our website and certain online products and services. We do not use these technologies to collect or store personal information unless you have opted in to such a feature.  

Our internet server logs the following information which is provided by your browser for statistical and content optimisation and personalisation purposes: 

  • the type of browser and operating system you are using  
  • your Internet Service Provider and top level domain name (for example – .com, .gov, .au, .uk 
  • the address of any referring website (for example – the previous web site you visited), and  
  • your computer’s IP (Internet Protocol) address (a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the internet).  

All of this information is used by Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga for aggregated statistical analyses or systems administration purposes only. No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities, except where required by law. 


A “cookie” is a packet of information stored on your computer that allows the Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga server to identify and interact more effectively with your computer. 

Our websites use two different kinds of cookies: 

  • Session cookies – temporary cookies that only last until you close your browser  
  • Persistent cookies – cookies that are stored for a longer term on your computer.  

Session Cookies 

When you access our web site, we send you a temporary cookie that gives you a unique identification number. A different identification number is sent each time you use our website. Cookies do not identify individual users, although they do identify a user’s internet browser type. When you close your browser, the cookie is deleted and no longer exists on your computer. 

You are free to disable cookies in your browser (see details below). If you have disabled cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of all of our website features. 

We use session cookies in the following manner: 

  • Log-on and log-off administration – Session cookies help with the log-on and log-off processes for those users who have decided to register to use one of our online services. The cookies enable us to recognize your user ID when you log on so that we do not establish a duplicate registration record for you.  
  • Transactions and site usability – We use session cookies to improve how you navigate through our website and conduct transactions. As examples, session cookies are used to maintain your online session as you browse over several pages; to store and pre-populate information so that you do not have to re-enter the same information twice. Session cookies may also be used to collect referral statistics when you click on a link or ad banner to or from, and associated websites.  

Persistent Cookies 

We may also use “persistent cookies”. A persistent cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer’s hard drive for a defined period of time, after which the cookie is erased. We will not collect or link to personal information through persistent cookies without your express consent.  

We use persistent cookies as follows:  

  • Site usage measurement – Our site measurement tool uses a persistent cookie to assist us in measuring how and when our web site and its various components are used. It functions as a “visit cookie,” so we can determine if you are a repeat visitor to our site. This allows us to know if we are attracting new visitors and what aspects of the site seem most useful. The cookie will expire 30 days after your last visit.  
  • Log-off safety function Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga uses a persistent cookie to automatically log you off our site if there has been no activity for 15 minutes. This is done for your safety to ensure that, if you have finished using our site but have forgotten to log off, no one else can use your computer via your log on and password. The cookie is permanently removed from your computer when you log off, or, if you have closed the browser without logging off, it is removed within 15 minutes from your last activity.  
  • Longer-term cookies – Persistent cookies allow us, at your request, to recognise you when you return to our website or to remember certain information that you have provided us. The recognition feature allows you to log on to our site automatically, without having to enter your name and password each visit. The cookie assigns a random number to you, and allows us to track your site activity, but this is not linked to personal information. This allows us to personalise the site for you and tailor the content to your needs, for instance to show you banner ads about products you may be interested in.  
  • Click stream data – “Click stream data” is information which is derived from an analysis of your website activity based on the sequence of links which you click on while browsing our Website. When you visit the Website or use our products and services, we will collect this information for analysis, maintenance or reporting purposes and to improve the performance of our Website. This can include information such as your IP address, the duration of your visit and the date and time of your visit.  

Other cookies allow us to remember certain information related to prior transactions, so we may pre-populate those fields for you on return visits. 

Cookie Management 

You can configure your internet browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or notify you when a cookie is sent. Most browsers accept cookies by default. To learn more about cookies, including how to refuse cookies on your computer, click these links: 

Links to Other Sites 

Our site contains links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. We encourage you to read and understand the privacy policies on those websites prior to providing any information to them. 

Some of the content appearing on the Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga website may be supplied by third parties, for example, by framing third party web sites or the incorporation through “framesets” of content supplied by third party application service providers. In such cases, we will ensure that our contractual arrangements with these third parties protect your personal information in compliance with privacy laws. 


Search terms that you enter when using our search engine are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms for the purpose of aggregated statistical analyses so we can ascertain what people are looking for on our website, and to improve the services that we provide. 

We may use external companies to provide us with detailed aggregate statistical analyses of our website traffic. At no time is any personal information made available to these companies, nor is the aggregate information ever merged with personal information such as your name, address, email address or other information you would consider sensitive or would compromise your privacy. 

Despite our every effort to protect your personal information, there remains the possibility that a breach of our security could occur. In the event of loss of personal information Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will: 

  • Seek to rapidly identify and secure the breach to prevent any further breaches 
  • Engage the appropriate authorities where criminal activity is suspected 
  • Assess the nature and severity of the breach including the type of personal information involved and the risk of harm to affected individuals 
  • Notify the affected individuals directly if appropriate and where possible 
  • If appropriate, put a notice on our website advising our customers of the breach 
  • Notify the Privacy Commissioner (at the OAIC) if the breach is significant. 

Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga believes it is important to provide added protection for children online. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to participate in and monitor their online activity. 

Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga will allow parents or guardians to review any personal information collected from their children, subject to verifying the identity of the consenting parent/guardian. 

Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga is committed to working with its customers to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concern about privacy. 

To contact us with a compliment or complaint or a privacy question, you can: 

  • Write to us at: 
    Port Stephens Chiropractic and Yoga 
    PO Box 50 

We will post changes to the Privacy Policy and publish the effective date when this policy is updated.