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Thank you for visiting the Child and Youth Health web site of the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

WCHN makes every effort to adhere to national and international standards for web site privacy. This page explains the type of information that is collected by the Child and Youth Health web site, and how such information is used.

This Site is operated in compliance with the Government of South Australia's Information Privacy Principles (IPP's), a copy of which can be obtained at:
http://www.dpc.sa.gov.au/documents/rendition/DPC-Circular-Information-Privacy-Principles-IPPS-Instruction.pdf .

Data collected while browsing

WCHN does not collect information that can identify any person who visits the site. However, when someone visits the site, our server makes a record of the visit and logs the following information for anonymous reporting of traffic statistics:

  • the user's server address
  • the user's top level domain name
  • the date and time of visit to the site
  • the pages accessed and documents downloads
  • the previous site visited
  • any search words used
  • the type of browser software used

This information is analysed each month to help us monitor traffic loads and accessibility of the pages on our site. No attempt will be made to identify persons using the site, except in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may wish to inspect server log files.


WCHN uses 'cookies' for maintaining contact with a user during and between web browsing sessions. A cookie is a small file supplied by WCHN and stored on your computer by your web browser software when you access this site. One cookie is used so that WCHN can recognise you as a unique user as you move around the site, and when you return to the site on different occasions - this allows us to get a more accurate picture of how many unique users are visiting our site, and how often they come back. Please note that this cookie does not store any personal information about you, and can in no way be used to identify a person.

Another optional cookie may be used when you subscribe to an e-mail list or newsletter (if available). In order to subscribe, you must register a name, your e-mail address and a password, and you are given the option of having your computer remember your e-mail and password when you return to the site - if you choose this option, the information is stored in a cookie on your computer. You can choose to have this cookie removed at any time by going to the 'User Profile' page, selecting the option to remove the cookie, and saving the change.

You may choose to disable cookies in your web browser settings, or only allow certain types of cookies - this will have no effect on your experience of using our web site. WCHN is committed to maintaining privacy on the internet, and the use of our site cookies will not compromise your privacy.

Your e-mail address

WCHN only records your e-mail address if you send us a message by e-mail. All e-mail addresses are stored securely within the database of this web site.

Your e-mail address will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. When you make an enquiry through the 'Contact CYH' section of our site, your e-mail address and message is forwarded to the appropriate expert within WCHN for a possible response. When you first subscribe to an e-mail list (if available) via the Child and Youth Health site, you will receive a verification email - this is used to prevent other people from subscribing you to an e-mail list without your knowledge.

Your e-mail address will not be added to any mailing lists without your permission, and we will not disclose your e-mail address for any other purpose without your written consent.


WCHN allows and endorses the use of pseudonyms or aliases when you send a message to us via the site. When submitting queries to us, the minimum required information is a name, an e-mail address, a location and the message itself. You are free to use your real name (first and/or last names), a pseudonym or alias, or none at all. Your e-mail address allows us to contact you with a response if appropriate.

Special Note

The WCHN web site contains numerous links to other web sites that contain information related to parenting, child health and youth health issues.  When you click on a link to another site, you leave the Child and Youth Health web site and are no longer protected by our privacy conditions.

This privacy statement is reviewed periodically. If you have any questions relating to this privacy statement, please contact us.

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