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General powers

577 General powers

(1) The inspector may do any of the following (each a
"general power" )—
(a) search any part of the place;
(b) confer alone with a patient in the place;
(c) make inquiries about the admission, assessment, examination, detention, or treatment and care, of a patient in the place;
(d) inspect, examine or film any part of the place or anything at the place, including, for example—
(i) inspect any document (including a health record) about a patient who—
(A) has been, or is being, assessed or examined in the place; or
(B) has received, or is receiving, treatment and care in the place; and
(ii) inspect any record or register required to be kept under this Act;
(e) take for examination a thing, or a sample of or from a thing, at the place;
(f) place an identifying mark in or on anything at the place;
(g) take an extract from, or copy, a document at the place, or take the document to another place to copy;
(h) produce an image or writing at the place from an electronic document or, to the extent it is not practicable, take a thing containing an electronic document to another place to produce an image or writing;
(i) take to, into or onto the place and use any person, equipment and materials the inspector reasonably requires for exercising the inspector’s powers under this part;
(j) remain at the place for the time necessary to achieve the purpose of the entry.
(2) The inspector may take a necessary step to allow the exercise of a general power.
(3) If the inspector takes a document from the place to copy it, the inspector must copy the document and return it to the place as soon as practicable.
(4) If the inspector takes from the place an article or device reasonably capable of producing a document from an electronic document to produce the document, the inspector must produce the document and return the article or device to the place as soon as practicable.
(5) In this section—

"examine" includes analyse, test, account, measure, weigh, grade, gauge and identify.

"film" includes photograph, videotape and record an image in another way.

"inspect" , a thing, includes open the thing and examine its contents.

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