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Terms of Use: Use of this website is subject to the following Terms of Use, Disclaimers and Legal Notices, which you acknowledge as constituting a binding agreement (the "Agreement") between you and Health Change Associates made in consideration of this site being made available to you by Health Change Associates. Your use of this website indicates your acceptance of this Agreement.

Ownership: Copyright and Contents of Site

Copyright © 2002-2013 Health Change Associates Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.

The content of this website is generally owned by Health Change Associates or is made available to you by Health Change Associates under license from the owner. Health Change Associates permits you to have access to the contents of this website but you acknowledge that your use of that content is governed by applicable copyright, trade mark or other intellectual property law and agree that the content of this site may not be copied for commercial use or distribution, modified or re-posted to other sites.

Health Change Associates ® (registered in Australia, US and Canada) is a registered trademark of Health Change Australia.

Ask RICk ® (registered in Australia and the US) is a registered trademark of Health Change Associates Pty Ltd.

Any written use of the term 'Ask RICk' should include the ® symbol and correct capitalization as shown in the sentence above to acknowledge Health Change Associates (partner company of Health Change Australia) as the legal owner of the IP.

The following trademarks are also trademarks of Health Change Associates: 

  • Health Change Australia™
  • HCA Approach™
  • A Practical Guide to Health Behaviour Change™
  • The RICk Principle™
  • RICk Radar™
  • RICk Rules™
  • The HCA Decision Line™
  • Health Change Pathway™

When citing information about the Health Change Associates Model the following reference can be used: Gale, J (2012), A Practical Guide to Health Behaviour Change using the Health Change Approach. Health Change Australia, Sydney.

Disclaimer: This website is provided "as is". Health Change Associates makes no representations or warranties about this website or any of its contents, including without limitation, any warranties as to the availability or stability of this website or the accuracy or timeliness of its contents or the merchantability or fitness of any such information or content for any particular purpose. Any implied warranties, whether statutory or otherwise, on any such matters are hereby expressly excluded to the full extent permitted by applicable law.

Limitation of Liability: In no event shall Health Change Associates or any of its directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates or subsidiaries be liable to you or any other person or entity for any damages (whether general, direct, indirect, special, punitive, exemplary or incidental) arising directly or indirectly out of the use or unavailability of this website, even if such persons have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Indemnity: You agree to indemnify Health Change Associates and its directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates and subsidiaries against all liability resulting from any violation of any law in your use of this website to the full extent permitted by applicable law.

Amendment: Health Change Associates may amend this Agreement or the contents of this website at any time without your consent and without notice to you.

Severability: If any provision of this Agreement is wholly or partially unenforceable for any reason, such unenforceable provision or part shall be deemed to be omitted from this Agreement without in any way invalidating or impairing the other provisions of this Agreement.

Other Matters

Links to Other Sites: Links to other websites found on this website are for convenience only and no endorsement of the content of any such linked website or any products or services described therein is intended by the provision of a link from this website.

Subscription services: Health Change Associates offers a free subscription service so that you can receive information about Health Change Associates and health related content by email. Health Change Associates cannot guarantee that delivery by email will not be delayed, or that it may vary the timing of the email. 

Security: Health Change Associates takes all reasonable security measures to protect personal information from loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification or disclosure. As far as permissible under law, Health Change Associates accepts no responsibility for the unauthorized access of personal information held by Health Change Associates.

Required personal information: In some instances, you must provide personal information if you wish to use a particular service or participate in an activity. For example, email and contact details may be required if we need to confirm that you have been successful in purchasing a particular service.

Submission of information: Any personal details (including contact details) are treated with respect. They will never be sold or used in an unethical manner. Health Change Associates may contact you from time to time with information and offers if appropriate.

Health Change Associates reserves the right to provide your information where it is required to do so by law, or to a third party if the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lesson a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of you or another person.

Any information that is submitted to Health Change Associates through this website becomes the exclusive property of Health Change Associates and may be used by Health Change Associates for any purpose without restriction or compensation.

Permissions: Sometimes we will ask you to confirm that you agree to a particular activity such as expressly agree to receive newsletters or other information. 

Disclosure of personal information: Health Change Associates and its associated entities will not disclose your personal information without your consent unless otherwise authorized by law.

Data we collect: In some cases we may collect data that can be linked to you individually. For example, when registering for training services, to purchase products or joining a newsletter email group, we may store records of information such as the information you request to receive, or pages you viewed or links you click on. For example, when receiving our email newsletters we may collect data about the mailings you open and the links that you click on from that newsletter.

In some cases, a digital profile may be formed based on your activity. We do this in order to improve your experience (for instance, because some services may allow you to build a profile which earns different privileges); or to improve our ability to provide a service (for instance, because our decisions about moderation of content may need to have regard to your profile).

Most of the data we collect is aggregated, making this information effectively anonymous to us.

Information provided by you with the intent of making that information public: Note that whenever you post personal information for availability in publicly accessible places, such as message boards, or resources pages on our web site, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the internet. This information can be collected and used by others. If you include personal information (such as your contact details) you may receive unwanted messages from other parties in return. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from providing personal information that you do not want seen in these public areas. For example, provision of clinical cases or practice worksheets and tools containing your details, for the purpose of sharing this information with other clinicians via our website.

It is also up to you to ensure that you are abiding by Australia's privacy laws with respect to any information you provide to use to make public, particularly with respect to details about your consultations and personal information relating to your clients. Health Change Associates takes no responsibility for the content, reliability and accuracy, or personal details contained therein.  

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