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aggregate report of COVID-19 Co-morbidities

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Dear Department of Health,

Under the FOI Act I am requesting a summary report of all Covid-19 (SARS Coronavirus nCoV-2) deaths with ANY co-morbidities listed on death certificates and what those co-morbidities were, and additional summary of those where covid-19 was listed as the only cause.

This is for the specific reason of analytical data extrapolation to segregate those who are most at risk and subsequent help this will provide the public when making seemingly trivial but life-threatening decisions while going about their business.

I am unable to find this information online anywhere, and i believe the requested information is more than likely already available for usage, but not made public as of yet.

I am seeking the aforementioned information with a request to waive all fees due to the immense public interest this information pertains to, furthermore due to these pressing and unprecidented times - it would not be ethical on the part of the Australian Government to impose a fee on what is considered public information during a public emergency, health crisis, economic recession and financial collapse - with ramifications not seen since World War 2, as stated by public officials and media representitives in recent months, not to mention the recent findings that millenials (a group which i categorically belong to) are the MOST affected financially by this current crisis. I am willing to provide links to these statements - although I would hope that we are all on the same page with this determination of leniency as "we are all in this together" and nothing expresses this sentiment better than having an understanding that we Australian citizens are ALL unsure and anxious about the future of our beautiful nation's wellbeing, and whether our savings will ride out the waves of this economic financial burden. With honor, persistence, dignity and respect, I strongly believe we can help one another get through this.

Regarding public interest specifically - this country has never before seen as widespread as this pandemic. The full transparent cooperation of all Government agencies in these profound times is absolutely neccesary to sustain a free and democratic society.

Yours faithfully,
n. a.

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear J M

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) has
received your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act).

The department will take all reasonable steps to notify you of a decision
no later than 30 calendar days after the date your request was received.
You will be contacted where a charge is applied for processing your
request or if we need to consult a third party.

Unless you advise otherwise, duplicate documents and Commonwealth employee
names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile
telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your
request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or via email at
[1][email address], should you have any enquiries.

Kind regards

FOI Officer

FOI and Legislation Section

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [3][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

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Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
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Dear J M

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to the
Department of Health.

 

Kind regards

FOI Officer

 

FOI Unit – FOI and Legislation Support Section

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Legal and Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice and Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [2][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my request. Furthermore, the links provided were not an alternative source of the information requested.

I am choosing to clarify the nature of my request as the following sentence from your reply implies incorrectly that I am requesting a specific document for release:

"the department does not hold THE DOCUMEMT referred to in your request."

Referring back to my original request:

"I am requesting a SUMMARY REPORT of all.."

I recognise that my request may have implied that a document may already exist, but I was actually asking for a summary that did not, unless it did exist.

As a consequence of this mix-up, I am now clarifying my request to access all, or as many of the following as possible:

1. Any internal documents regarding co-morbidities pertinent to COVID-19 death/s.
2. Any internal documents regarding contributing factors pertinent to COVID-19 death/s.
3. Any internal documents regarding aggregated statistics pertinent to contributing factors AND/OR co-morbidities related to COVID-19 deaths.
4. Any internal documents regarding aggregated statistics pertinent to COVID-19 deaths.
5. Any internal documents regarding statistical analysis of COVID-19 deaths.
6. Any internal documents regarding the analysis of COVID-19 deaths.

If any or all of the above are not available to this department, I would respectfully ask that you transfer this request to the most relevant department.

Again, I would like to reiterate the importance of this request to the public. Citizens are dying - and the analytics currently available to the public regarding deaths are not sufficient enough for an individual to personally assess their own risk of death due to contraction and subsequent infection of the COVID-19 virus.

It is imperative that every Australian citizen know as much as possible about the lifestyles of the individuals who have died as a result of the virus for them to be able to modulate and amend their own lifestyles in a way that can statistically reduce their chances of death - none of this is possible without knowing what other diseases/health problems/contributing factors were attributed to the unfortunate deaths of the citizens which have already died from the virus.

I find it hard to believe the Health Department do not have documents relating to the contributing factors in COVID-19 deaths - this would imply that The Health Department are incompetent in regards to warning the public, which they are obligated to protect, as to which demographic of citizens are most vulnerable to dying as a result of contraction.

With this in mind, i feel it is necessary to release ANY and ALL publicly available information related to Covid-19 deaths so the public may aggregate and analyse the co-morbidity data themselves, but I am understanding that this request may out of the scope of a FOI request to this department.

Yours sincerely,

J M

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear J M

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) has
received your request (in your below email) for access to documents under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act).

The department will take all reasonable steps to notify you of a decision
no later than 30 calendar days after the date your request was received.
You will be contacted where a charge is applied for processing your
request or if we need to consult a third party.

Unless you advise otherwise, duplicate documents and Commonwealth employee
names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile
telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your
request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or via email at
[1][email address], should you have any enquiries.

Regards

FOI Officer

 

FOI and Legislation Section

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Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [3][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

 

 

 

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FOI, Department of Health

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Dear JM

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your FOI request to the
Department of Health.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Unit – FOI and Legislation Support Section

[1]cid:image003.png@01D51610.1D98D220

Legal and Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice and Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [2][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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Dear FOI,

You have sent me the exact same information. This
In my last inquiry, I very clearly stated:

"If any or all of the above are not available to this department, I would respectfully ask that you transfer this request to the most relevant department."

Under section 19 of the FOIA act, it is not unreasonable to expect the department of health to transfer this request to the most relevant department of which this request can be actioned.

You have chosen not to transfer this request.

The implication of this outcome as such has me wondering why the Department of Health has not done ANY statistical analysis of COVID-19 deaths.

Which department is able to action my request? Please transfer this request to them.

I will ask this next question as clearly and articulated as I can, and I do requilest a formal response:
Has the department of Health done ANY statistical analysis of COVID-19 deaths?

Lastly, as a result of the outcome of this request:
I will now require ALL communications pertinent to this request. This includes, but is not limited to: internal/external messages & emails, transcripts, phone conversations, etc.

Yours sincerely,

J M

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear J M

 

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) does not authorise a
Commonwealth entity to transfer an FOI request to a State or Territory
entity. It is open to you to make a request to the relevant State or
Territory entity.

 

Please advise by COB Thursday 12 November 2020, whether you would like the
department to treat the following comment in your email below as a new FOI
request under the FOI Act:

 

I will now require ALL communications pertinent to this request. This
includes, but is not limited to: internal/external messages & emails,
transcripts, phone conversations, etc.

Kind regards,

 

Jack

 

FOI and Legislation Section

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [2][Health request email]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

 

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Dear FOI,

yes, thank you.

Yours sincerely,

J M

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear J M

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) has
received your request (in your below email) for access to documents under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act).

The department will take all reasonable steps to notify you of a decision
no later than 30 calendar days after the date your request was received.
You will be contacted where a charge is applied for processing your
request or if we need to consult a third party.

Unless you advise otherwise, duplicate documents and Commonwealth employee
names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile
telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your
request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or via email at
[1][email address], should you have any enquiries.

Kind regards

FOI Officer

 

FOI and Legislation Section

[2]cid:image003.png@01D51610.1D98D220

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [3][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

 

 

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