From Dr Leanne Beagley CEO Western Victoria PHN

Members of the western Victoria community will be hearing a lot about My Health Record in the next three months. Australians are being informed how to register online for a My Health Record or, if they choose, how to opt out of the system.

Individuals can opt out of My Health Record until 15 October 2018.

We urge everyone to consider registering for a My Health Record as it provides a centralised, and personally-controlled, summary of an individual’s healthcare information that can be viewed securely online, from anywhere at any time. This is especially important in the case of an emergency.

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information.

It brings together health information from you, your healthcare providers and Medicare. It can include clinical documents from your doctor, hospital discharge summaries, reports from tests and scans, list medications that you are on and contain referral letters from your doctor, your immunisations and PBS information.

My Health Record has multi-layered and strong safeguards in place to protect your information and there are strict rules and regulations about who can see and use your My Health Record to protect your information from misuse.
Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) staff have been working hard to get the My Health Record message out this year with our digital health teams speaking to, and informing, GPs, pharmacists and, more recently specialists, for a number of months now.

As well as that, Western Victoria PHN staff continue to speak to the community on My Health Record via events and special presentations.

If anyone in the community would like to know more please contact our office on 5222 0800 and speak to one of our My Health Record staff. Or visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au