Privacy and Disclaimers

Privacy and Disclaimers

Information, Disclaimers and Privacy

The information provided throughout the site is intended for communication and information purposes only. This site is not designed to treat health or mental health disorders. The diagnosis and treatment of health and mental health disorders requires a medical practitioner or qualified mental health professional. People seeking a diagnosis or treatment should consult a medical practitioner or psychiatrist. None of the information on this web site is a substitute for a diagnosis and treatment by an appropriate health professional.

The information and materials on this web site unless otherwise stated, are copyrighted by the Growing Heart (GH) and may be downloaded by registered users solely for their own personal use. Any other activity or reproduction of information and materials requires prior permission from the GH. In addition, the graphics, photos, design and format of the website are the property of the GH and may not be reproduced or distributed without permission.

This site contains links to Internet web sites operated by third parties. These linked sites are not controlled by the GH and the GH is not responsible for the contents of any of these sites. We provide these links to you as a convenience only, and the inclusion of any link does not imply any endorsement of the linked website. The GH and its staff are not responsible for the clinical diagnosis or treatment procedures of any provider of services identified in the links. The GH has not made any independent investigations of any provider linked to the website and has not verified the credentials of any provider. Each user should independently and carefully investigate and verify the credentials of any provider before relying on the information provided or before seeking consultation or treatment. You visit any sub website at your own risk.

In addition this site contains references to information materials developed by third parties. These information materials were not developed by the GH and the GH is not responsible for the contents of the materials. We provide references for these information materials as a convenience to you only.

 The GH and its staff shall have no liability for claims by, or damages of any kind whatsoever to, a user of this website or any other person for a decision or action taken in reliance on the information contained on this website. Such damages include, without limitation, direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages. YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE DISCLAIMER.

The information and resources on this site comply, to the best of our knowledge, with ethical standards and evidence based practice at the time of publication. We comply with and are subject to the laws and regulations in the state of Victoria, Australia. If you are a reader, client or student from another state or country, please validate and check the requirements locally. We are always pleased to hear from readers and contributors. Feedback and comments about this site should be directed to

Privacy Notice

This statement sets out the GH policy relating to the collection and use of your personal information. This Notice is in addition to the Terms of Use. Your registration as a user constitutes your agreement to terms of the Privacy Notice and the Terms of Use.

Please note that this Privacy Notice applies only to the GH site and not to any other sites that are linked to the site or mentioned on the site.

Your personal information is important to us

The GH recognises that your privacy is very important to you and that we are under a legal obligation to protect the integrity of your personal information. When you register with us, you will be asked to enter your username. We suggest that you use a pseudonym or a made-up username.

Why the program collects personal information from you

When you enter the website you will be asked to complete a number of questions and enter some information, which you may consider to be sensitive, about yourself. The information is stored in the GH database along with information about how you navigate the site. This is intended to help the web designers understand how visitors use the website. There is no need for you to identify your address when registering for online courses or the newsletter. The website and any data we collect is kept on a secure server which is backed up securely on a mirror site. If you e-mail us, we will not pass your e-mail address to people outside the GH team. However, please do not send us confidential information by e-mail. This is because all e-mail is passed through e-mail servers that are administered by other people.

The GH will not use or disclose any information about you without your consent unless we are required to do so by law;

  • We will never use your personal information to send you unsolicited information or “spam”; and
  • We will never give any of your personal information, your username or your browser details to any advertisers.
  • We may from time time use your email address to send notification of events and new programs

Our use of cookies

The GH site uses transient or session cookies. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer’s hard disk when you open the GH web pages. Cookies by themselves do not identify you or any user but they do identify your browser. Because GH uses ‘transient’ cookies, your computer does not retain the information delivered in the cookie once you leave the site. When you close your browser the transient cookie set up by GH is destroyed, and no personal information is retained which could identify you or your browser next time you log on to our site.

Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies, and while you can set your browser to not accept cookies you will not be able to use the GH site if you do this.

Storage and security of your personal information

The GH will endeavour to take all reasonable steps to keep all information about you secure. Your information is held on a secure server that is in controlled facilities. In addition, all the staff on the GH team as well as all employees and contractors that provide services related to our information systems, are obliged by law to respect the confidentiality of any personal information and/or research information held by the GH.

You can also play an important role in keeping your personal information secure by using a made up username and by keeping your password secure.

If you have any further queries relating to our Privacy Notice, or you have a problem or a complaint, please contact us at

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