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My Health Records

My Health Record is an Australian Government initiative to provide secure online summaries of individuals’ health information. A My Health Record allows an individual’s doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to view the individual’s health information, in accordance with their access controls. Individuals are also able to access their record online.

As the independent regulator for the privacy aspects of the My Health Record system, the OAIC is working with the health sector as it prepares for the system to become opt-out by the end of 2018.

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.

For more information on the My Health Record system:

The resources are:

Videos are also available:

Visit Privacy and the My Health Record System

More information can be found in the My Health Record system section of this website.