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My Health Record opt-out period has commenced

On 10 August 2018, the Minister for Health announced that the opt-out period would be extended until 15 November 2018. On 14 November 2018, the Minister for Health announced that the opt-out period would be further extended until 31 January 2019. This news item has been amended to reflect that.

From today until 31 January 2019, you have the choice to advise the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) if you do not want a My Health Record to be automatically created for you.

A My Health Record is an online summary of your health information, such as medicines you are taking, any allergies you may have and treatments you have received.

Your My Health Record allows doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers (such as physiotherapists) to view your health information, in accordance with your access controls. You are also able to access it online yourself.

For individuals seeking further information on My Health Records, you can read the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s opt-out FAQs. You can also visit the My Health Record website or call the My Health Record Help line on 1800 723 471.

Although the My Health Record system has previously been a self-register model, every individual with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card who does not already have a record will now be automatically registered to have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one.

Individuals who do not want to have a My Health Record must opt-out by contacting the ADHA sometime between 16 July 2018 and 31 January 2019.

New and updated resources for consumers

As the independent regulator for the privacy aspects of the My Health Record system, the OAIC has developed some new FAQs to help inform consumers about their choice to opt-out and how to protect their health information. The OAIC has also updated our existing resources, which we encourage you to read:

Visit Privacy and the My Health Record system