Documents pertaining to or giving evidence in support of wearing face masks from state or federal sources

verifysp made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Private Health Facilities Advisory Committee as part of a batch sent to 42 authorities

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Dear NSW Private Health Facilities Advisory Committee,
I am requesting documents under the Freedom of Information Act that are containing: instructions, notices, evidence to support, in regards to the wearing of face masks by your internal staff and public that was sent to you from either the State or Federal Authorities in 2021

*Notes*: to keep the scope of the docs requested reasonable see below.
- by docs I am referring to communications ie emails, memos, minutes of decision meeting, guides, Q&A. that I expect your offices would be sent due to virus outbreak.
Such Docs would have been used to convey following info and directive or policy

WHAT the State & Federal Authority wants you to do regarding mask wearing
WHY include evidence & reason why staff and/or public should obey mask mandate.
WHO these docs should show where they originated and be ideally dated also
WHEN I am only after those docs covering this 2021 delta variant covid19 outbreak
EXCEPTION - and finally what is permitted as Exceptions for staff and public including any advice on who is bearing responsibility should any legal claim arise from staff or public suffering harm from mask-wearing (risk management)

Given the ever growing global studies and verifiable results that repeatedly demonstrate that there is no scientific medical justification for enforced mask wearing. It is certainly reasonable that the public know what, precisely, the state and federal authorities communicated with your offices in regards to facemasks.

As it appears currently to have zero effect slowing the outbreak but does have negative health & mental impacts, I hope for a swift response.

Yours faithfully,


Charlotte Roberts (Ministry of Health),

Dear verifysp

Thank you for your request to the MOH-PrivateHealthCare team regarding documents "pertaining to or giving evidence in support of wearing face masks from state or federal sources".

Given the broad nature of your request and acknowledging that the same request has been made to the Ministry of Health's GIPAA team, I can advise that MOH GIPA team will be in contact with "verifysp" @ [email address] which is the address they have been asked to reply to (which is slightly different to the email the MOH Private Health Care team has been asked to reply to in response to the request).

Once the scope of the application has been clarified and agreed, the private health care team will assist with processing your application.

Charlotte Roberts
Director, Regulation and Compliance Unit l Legal & Regulatory Services
NSW Ministry of Health
1 Reserve Road St Leonards NSW 2065
Tel 02 9391 9396 | Fax 02 9424 5960 | [email address]

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Dear Charlotte Roberts (Ministry of Health),
Thank you for the reply, I will check email for any messages from the gipa team, I suspect in advance they it will be a request to complete a gipa form.

What I am looking for is the docs that would tell staff they must wear masks in the workplace starting on XX date, from XXX dept/office/etc.
Some formal communication of the order would have been sent to staff, that is the doc/email/memo I would like to see. If this clarification helps and you CAN make docs avail, pls do so.

If not, pass my msg onto the gipa team as it may help them decide to treat my request as a FoI after all.

Yours sincerely,