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My Health Records

You can register for your own My Health Record. A My Health Record is an electronic summary of your health information. Healthcare providers can add information about your health to your My Health Record, in accordance with your access controls. This may include information such as medical history and treatments, diagnoses, medications and allergies.

You can control your own My Health Record, including by choosing to restrict which healthcare provider organisations can access it and what information is included.

Follow these tips to protect your My Health Record:

  • Read the terms and conditions carefully.
  • Be aware of the different access settings available to you.
  • Consider setting up advanced access controls and an ‘access code’.
  • Read the privacy notices and policies of your healthcare providers and the My Health Record System Operator.
  • Talk to your healthcare providers regularly about what information they will be adding to and accessing from your My Health Record. Ask how they will involve you in this process.
  • Know your privacy rights when it comes to having a nominated or authorised representative.
  • Check your My Health Record audit trail regularly for unexpected or unauthorised access to your record.
  • Check your My Health Record regularly to ensure that the documents it contains are kept accurate, up-to-date and complete.
  • Keep your My Health Record secure, including by protecting your password and only accessing your record from a secure device.
  • Exercise your privacy rights.
  • Remember you can choose to opt-out at any time.

For an extended version of these tips see Privacy fact sheet 15: Ten tips for protecting the personal information in your My Health Record.