My Health Record


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 choose not to have one and opt out.

If you are happy for a My Health Record to be created for you, you don’t need to do anything.

If you do not want a My Health Record created, you can inform the Government of your choice to opt out of the My Health Record system from 16th July 2018 until 31st January 2019. 

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. More than 1 in 5 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.

  pdf  Click here (196 KB) to view the My Health Record opt-out frequently asked questions.


Will My Health Record be useful for me?


My Health Record can help you in a number of ways:

  • Keeping track of your own health history
  • Enabling other health professionals you authorise to see your key health summary, so you don't have to repeat it or worry about forgetting important information, like medications
  • Helping you and your healthcare providers to better manage complex or chronic conditions
  • You can customise access to your My Health Record by setting access controls including restricting who can see your information, or cancel your record, at any time.

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


My Health Record Information and Resources


We encourage you to read the information below, which has been written specifically for community groups about the My Health Record initiative:

More information including how to register, FAQs, information in other languages can be found online.


What if I don't want a My Health Record?


If you do not want a My Health Record, please visit or call 1800 723 471 to opt out. You will need your Medicare card and driver licence (or other identification) to complete the opt-out process.


Request a My Health Record education session


If you are part of a community group, such as Rotary, a CALD organisation, a service that looks over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups or from a local Council, we can organise to have our My Health Record Community Engagement Officer attend one of your events to provide more information about My Health Record. Please email us at