Terms and Conditions

This Website is established and maintained by The Royal Women’s Hospital (ABN 62787822077) (the Women’s). These Terms of Use set out the terms and conditions of a contract between you and the Women’s governing your access to, and use of, the Website (defined below).  By using this Website, you agree to be bound by and abide by these Terms of Use (as amended from time to time).

These Terms of Use, include, and are supplemented by, other terms and conditions contained within the Website that are more specific to the use of a particular part of this Website.  In the case of any inconsistency the terms and conditions specific to a part of the Website prevail.

The Women’s reserves the right from time to time to change these Terms of Use without prior notice or your consent.  You are responsible for informing yourself of any changes to these Terms of Use and any notices posted on the Website and should read them carefully before you use the Website.

  1. Use of the Website
  2. Electronic Communications
  3. Intellectual Property
  4. Privacy
  5. Disclaimers and exclusion of liability
  6. Security
  7. Refunds and Cancellations
  8. General
  9. Questions

1.   Use of the Website

When you use this Website, you must:

You are responsible for, and bear all the costs of, installing and maintaining your own systems and equipment necessary to access and use the Website.

You are liable for and must indemnify the Women’s, and its Related Parties against all losses, costs, expenses (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis), claim or damage suffered or incurred (or agrees to pay by way of settlement or compromise) in connection with or arising out of:

You agree to report any misuse of this Website that you become aware of to the Women’s.

2.   Electronic Communications

The Women’s may send you electronic communications which relate to your use of the Website or other information that may be of interest to you as a visitor of the Website, including health-related information and information relating to the Women’s other products and services.  As a condition of your registration for electronic communications from the Women’s, you consent to receive commercial electronic messages from the Women’s using your email address. You may withdraw your consent at any time.

Despite your consent to electronic communications, the Women’s reserves the right to communicate with you, or require you to communicate with the Women’s, in person, by post or fax in order for the Women’s to meet its legal obligations, or where the Women’s considers electronic communication to be impracticable, inadequate or inappropriate.

3.   Intellectual Property

3.1.  Ownership of Data and Other Intellectual Property
3.1.1. Therapeutic groups, medicines and news

The information available on this Website contains a variety of copyright material. Some of this is the intellectual property of individuals (as named); some is owned by The Royal Women’s Hospital itself; some material is owned by others (clearly indicated) and other material is in the public domain.

Except for materials which are unambiguously and unarguably in the public domain, all other material is owned by The Royal Women’s Hospital. Permission is not given for any commercial use or sale of this material.

No other material anywhere on this Website may be copied or further disseminated without the express and written permission of the legal holder of that copyright (The Royal Women’s Hospital).

3.1.2. General content

The Website and any content made available on it (including without limitation the software on which it is based, any documentation regarding its use, text, graphics, video, audio, information, data and the design and layout of the Website) are owned by the Women’s or its third party licensors, and are protected by Australian and international copyright and other intellectual property laws.

You acknowledge and agree that the Women’s owns all other data and information uploaded onto, or created by or using, the Website.  Without limiting this clause, the Women’s retains all rights in relation to any online documents and forms completed and other information submitted by you and you assign any rights you may have in those materials to the Women’s. You agree that the Women’s can use and adapt any ideas, concepts, techniques, words or images contained in any of those materials for any purpose and without restriction or compensation.

3.2.  Intellectual Property Licences

To the extent permitted by law, you must not:

and to the extent any right for you to do so is preserved by law, then only in strict accordance with the provisions or terms under that law.

The Women’s reserves the right to access, maintain, delete or destroy all communications or information uploaded or stored within the Website at any time.

3.3.  Use of The Women’s trademarks and related IP

You agree not to use the Women’s Branding (name, trade name, service marks, trademarks, trade dress or logo of the Women’s (or its related parties, suppliers or licensors)) in publicity releases, advertising, promotional materials, direct mail, seminars, on your Website, or in other communications without the express prior written consent of the Women’s.  All uses of Branding will inure to the benefit of the owner of such logos, trademarks, trade names and/or other branding devices.

3.4.  Linking to this Website

The Women’s encourages links to the Website.  If you do create or maintain a link to the Website you agree to these Terms of Use and you:

The Women’s may in its absolute discretion require you to remove, and not create any further, links to the Website or any content that is in breach of these Terms of Use.

4.   Privacy

The Women’s will treat any personal information provided by you or collected in relation to in accordance with its privacy policy and all relevant laws.

5.   Disclaimers and exclusion of liability

5.1.  Disclaimer

The Website (including material on the Website) is made available to you on an "as is" and "as available" basis and at your own risk.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Women’s makes no representation, provides no express warranty or guarantee, and excludes all liability and any implied warranties (whether implied by statute or otherwise) in connection with:

Despite any provision in these Terms of Use to the contrary, the Women’s shall not be liable for any consequential, special, incidental, indirect or punitive losses, costs, expenses or damages, whether in contract, tort or otherwise (including negligence) arising out of or in connection with the Website or the Women’s performance or non-performance of its obligations under these Terms of Use, even if the Women’s has been advised of the possibility of that damage.

To the extent permitted by law, in the event of any problem with the Website, any goods or services provided in connection with the Website or any dealings between you and the Women’s or any other user of the Website, you agree that:

If, despite these Terms of Use, a court determines that the Women’s is responsible for loss or damage arising from your access to or use of this Website, to the extent permitted by law, the Women’s liability is limited in any event to resupplying the relevant part of the Website or the reasonable cost of having it resupplied, and the Women’s reserves its options at law as to how it may discharge the Women’s obligations in relation to liability that cannot be lawfully excluded under these terms.

5.2.  Medicine information disclaimer

The medicine information and therapeutic groups available on this Website are intended to provide guidance to health care professionals, based on a thorough evaluation of research evidence, on the practical assessment and management of specific clinical issues or situations. The Guidelines allow some flexibility on the part of the health care professional based on the needs of the specific patient for whom they are caring.

Whilst appreciable care has been taken in the preparation of the information, the Women's provides these as a service only.

Information is current and accurate at the time of publication. However, information may change and the Women’s is not liable for any errors or omissions that may be found in any of the information on this Website which may occur over time.

For practitioners outside the Women’s this material is made available in good faith as a resource for use by health professionals to draw on in developing their own protocols, guided by published medical evidence. In doing so, practitioners should themselves be familiar with the literature and make their own interpretations of it.

NOTE: Care should be taken when printing any information from this Website. Updates to this information will take place as necessary. It is therefore advised that regular visits to this Website will be needed to access the most current version of the medicines information.

5.3.  Links to third party sites

Materials contained on this Website (Website Materials) may contain links to material on other Websites (Linked Materials). The links provided to other Websites are done for convenience purposes only and the Women's does not purport to sponsor, approve or endorse any of the Linked Materials.

It is the responsibility of the user to make their own decision regarding the quality, accuracy, currency, reliability and suitability of the Linked Materials for their purposes. The Women's is not liable to you or any other person for any loss or damage (however caused, including by negligence) arising from or in connection with the use of this Website and/or use of the Website Materials or Linked Materials.

If you place any reliance upon the Website Materials or Linked Materials, then you do so at your own risk.

The Royal Women's Hospital does not represent or warrant that the Website Materials or Linked Materials are free of computer viruses or other defects. The Women's recommends that virus checks should be done on any downloaded Website Materials or Linked Materials. To the extent permitted by applicable laws, all warranties, representations and implied terms are excluded.

5.4.  Changes to this Website

The Women’s may, in its absolute discretion, make changes to any part of this Website or any content on it (subject to express right set out in these terms) without your consent or providing notice to you.

5.5.  The Women’s related parties

Each disclaimer is given on behalf of, and each indemnity, waiver, exclusion or limitation of liability is held for the benefit of, the Women’s, the Women’s licensors and contractors (and each of their officers, employees, agents and contractors).

6.   Security

6.1.  Security of this Website generally

While the Women’s uses its best endeavours to implement security controls and prevent unauthorised access to, or use of, the Website, you acknowledge that the internet is an insecure public network where there is a risk that your use of, and interactions with, this Website may be viewed, intercepted or modified by third parties and that this Website and any information on this Website may contain Harmful Code.

To the extent permitted by law, the Women’s does not guarantee that there will not be, or accept any liability for, any Harmful Code on the Website or a breach of security by a third party or any interference with or damage to your computer system, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this Website.

The Women’s may use cookies in relation to accessing and using this Website.

6.2.  Basic online security – your obligations

While you are ultimately responsible for your own online security, the Women’s recommends that you:

6.3.  Confidentiality

You agree:

This clause does not apply to any confidential information which you can demonstrate:

7.   Refunds and Cancellations

Once payment has been made and processed no refund or cancellation of the subscription is allowed in whole or in part.

8.   General

In these Terms of Use, unless specified otherwise:

These Terms of Use are governed by the laws in force in the State of Victoria, Australia.  By visiting and using the Website you unconditionally submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of that State and all courts with jurisdiction to hear appeals from those courts.

The Women’s may seek urgent injunctive relief in order to protect the confidentiality of its information or prevent the misuse of its Intellectual Property.

The failure or delay of the Women’s to exercise any right or remedy under these Terms of Use will not operate as further waiver of such right or remedy in the future or any other right or remedy. No waiver of any default, condition or breach of these Terms of Use shall be deemed to imply or constitute a waiver of any other default, condition or breach of these Terms of Use, whether of a similar nature or otherwise.

If any one or more of the provisions of these Terms of Use are invalid or otherwise unenforceable, to the extent possible the provision should be read down to reflect the intent of the parties and the enforceability of remaining provisions shall be unimpaired.

The Women’s shall not be liable for any non-performance in connection with the Website or under these Terms of Use if it is prevented from performing that obligation by a circumstance beyond its reasonable control.

You may not assign any of your rights or obligations without the prior written consent of the Women’s.

All rights and obligations under:

These Terms of Use (including any supplementary terms within the Website) set out the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous and contemporaneous agreements, understandings and arrangements with respect to their subject matter.

9.   Questions

If you have any questions about this Website, please contact us.

Last Updated: 16 June 2015

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