My Health Record Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

A My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one.

There have been some legislative changes made to My Health Record. The opt-out date has also been extended until 31 January 2019, allowing for more time to decide whether you would like a My Health Record.

More information on the legislative changes can be found here.

From today all Australians will be able to decide if they want a My Health Record – an online summary of their key health information where they can safely store, access and share their important health information.

More than 5.9 million Australians already have a My Health Record and 12,860 healthcare professional organisations are connected, including general practices, hospitals, pharmacies, diagnostic imaging and pathology practices. The My Health Record is already making healthcare management for individuals and healthcare providers easier and safer, and could save lives in an emergency situation.

All you need to know about My Health Record 2018.

For My Health Record, including in language resources, visit the website


Eastern Primary Health Network 

Our role at Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, is to continue to engage with the community within our catchment, ensuring that people are aware that they will get a My Health Record in 2019, unless they tell the Government they do not want one, as well as the benefits of having a My Health Record.

We are keen to discuss the ways in which we can assist the community in the Eastern Melbourne PHN catchment, for the duration of this extended opt-out period. This may be by providing a follow up presentation to revisit My Health Record, while emphasizing the legislative changes, or by providing collateral featuring the new opt-out date, to distribute amongst your particular community organisations.

If you feel this would be beneficial to your organisation and its community members, please contact Kate Watson at Eastern Melbourne PHN via email or by calling 0409 361 341.