My Health Record

My Health Record is the new name of the national digital health record system.

During last year’s federal budget the government announced the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to 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 can see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency or if you are travelling and need to see a doctor out of your region.

My Health Record is protected and regulated by law, just like online banking and the security of it is of a defence level.

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.

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 can be found online.

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

The Australian Government has legislated that a My Health Record will be created for all Medicare and Department of Veterans’ Affairs card holders in Australia by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one.

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. More than 1 in 5 Australians already have one. Over time, My Health Record will bring together health information such as medical conditions, medicines, allergies and test results in one place.

If you are happy for a My Health Record to be created for you by the end of 2018, you don’t need to do anything.

If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, or about how to inform the government that you don’t want a My Health Record, visit

There will be a three month period commencing 16 July 2018 when you can inform the Government of your choice to opt out of the My Health Record system. This period has not yet started. If you would like to register for when it does commence, please visit or call 1800 723 471.

  document Click here (52 KB) to view the My Health Record opt-out frequently asked questions.

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


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