My Health Record opt-out period begins

Mental Health Australia urges member organisations and mental health consumers and carers to support My Health Record, and to make an informed choice about whether or not to opt-out of the scheme.

My Health Record is an online summary of a person’s important health information that will assist GPs and other healthcare providers to make fully-informed treatment decisions. An electronic health record will be created for all Australians unless they opt-out by October 15.

For people with past or present experiences of mental health issues, the potential benefits of a My Health Record include early and accurate identification of underlying conditions; better coordinated care; reduced time spent gathering medical documentation; and reduced risk of complications arising from misdiagnosis or adverse medications.

Having a My Health Record means that your important health information such as allergies, risk of chronic diseases, medication details, pathology and diagnostic imaging reports will be stored in one place.

If you are concerned about system security and the privacy of your data, you can learn more about keeping your information secure by downloading this information booklet (PDF). There are lots of simple security measures individuals can take to control the privacy of their digital health data.

Whether or not a My Health Record is right for you, all Australians should feel empowered to make an informed choice. If you’re still unsure, this Important overview of the pros, cons and questions about My Health Record can help.

OPTING OUT OF MY HEALTH RECORD

The opt-out period runs for three months from Monday 16 July until Monday 15 October.

To find out more about opting-out or cancelling an existing record, visit the My Health Record website: https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-fam