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Resources on health for individuals

Digital health

These fact sheets currently use the term ‘eHealth record’. An eHealth record (also formerly known as a PCEHR or ‘personally controlled electronic health record) means a My Health Record, within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth) (formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth)).

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Public hospitals

State and territory public hospitals and health services are not covered by the Privacy Act, but may be covered by relevant state or territory legislation. For information relating to privacy legislation that covers public hospitals, please visit our Other privacy jurisdictions page.

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Other places to go

(Note: the following websites were not created and are not endorsed by the OAIC. The descriptions below were supplied by the organisations listed.)

Department of Health

The Department of Health oversees the running of Australia's health system, including supporting universal and affordable access to medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities. Their website includes resources for consumers.

The My Health Record is an online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. The website allows you to register for a My Health Record and provides answers to frequently asked questions about the system.

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