My Health Record – what you need to know

My Health Record – what you need to know

There has been a great deal of media attention in relation to the My Health Record system. Our information guide and FAQs will help you understand what you need to know about the system so you can make an informed decision about your involvement.

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information which allows your health information to be viewed securely online, anywhere, at any time by healthcare providers.

For example, if you visit a GP while travelling interstate or if you are in an emergency room following an accident if you are unable to talk, medical professionals will be able to access your My Health Record.

Having a My Health Record means your important medical information including allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.

This information can also include:

  • An overview of your health uploaded by your doctor, which is a useful reference for new doctors or other healthcare providers that you visit.

  • Hospital discharge summaries.

  • Referral letters from your doctors.

The My Health Record system is now in place:

From 31 January 2019, a My Health Record will exist for everyone who has not opted out of the system, however you can still choose to cancel your My Health Record at any time.

It is important to note that you can choose to have or cancel a My Health Record at any time in your life.

When you delete a My Health Record, all the information including any backups, will be permanently deleted from the system. Deleted information cannot be recovered. Your health information will no longer be available to you or your healthcare providers.

If you change your mind, you can choose to register for a record to enjoy the benefits of controlling your health information securely in one place to support your health and care.

Read more: You always have a choice with My Health Record


Where do I go for further information and help?

If you would like to know more, discuss your options with your GP or contact the My Health Record  Help line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 723 471, or visit the My Health Record website.