In the 2017 Federal Budget, the Australian government announced the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card, unless they chose not to have one or opted out.
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. More than 95% of Australians already have one.
Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff who you see will be able to access it in situations such as accident or emergency or if you are travelling and need to see a doctor out of your region in order to provide you with the best care.
My Health Record is protected and regulated by law, just like online banking and the security of it is of a defence level.
Click here to view the My Health Record opt-out frequently asked questions.
My Health Record can help you in a number of ways:
Watch the story of Ian Gillies, or read about Berrigan, the first town in Australia where all key healthcare providers are connected, using My Health Record.
If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, visit myhealthrecord.gov.au.
We encourage you to read the information below, which has been written specifically for community groups about the My Health Record initiative:
See here for more information including how to register and FAQs.
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