My Health Record can help prevent medication misadventures that see more than 230,000 people end up in hospital each year

Each year, approximately 230,000 Australians are admitted to hospital as a result of medication misadventure. This is almost four times the annual number of people who are hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle accidents. It’s also costing our health system $1.2 billion each year yet 23 per cent of adverse drug events in primary care are preventable.

Having a My Health Record is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risks of medical misadventure because it can alert healthcare practitioners to any serious patient medication risks before it is too late.

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More information on My Health Record can be found at People who do not want a My Health Record can opt out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone-based assistance.