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 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.

  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 myhealthrecord.gov.au.

 

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 myhealthrecord.gov.au 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.