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My Health Record: Your Health in Your Hands

November 27th, 2020

Categories: Blog

Do you have lots of medical documents? Ever found it hard to keep track of medical results, hand-outs, doctors’ notes and other important paper important papers? Have you gone to see a new GP only to realise they have no record of your previous medical history? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you would benefit from registering to My Health Record allowing your doctor to upload documents to My Health Record.

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is an online summary of all your important medical information, that patient agrees to store in the one place. It allows healthcare providers from different services to access your medical information, saving time and correspondence between yourself and various medical providers.

Apart from you, the only people who can view or access your My Health Record are your healthcare providers, people you invite to help you manage your record (nominated representatives) and people who manage your record for you, if you are not able to (authorised representatives).

What does My Health Record help with?

My Health record can help you to self-manage all your medical information. You can nominate which healthcare providers can see your health details by updating your privacy settings. You can also set up alerts for when someone looks at your records, enabling you to choose how your medical information is accessed and utilised. Through My Health Record, healthcare providers can paint a more holistic picture of your health by drawing from various sources, which in turn helps to improve your treatment and health outcomes.

What can My Health Record be used for?

My Health Record can be used to view and manage your health information. It allows you to see tests results, prescriptions, and health provider notes. You will also be able to add your own notes for health providers to view during your appointments. It is easy to update your personal information using My Health Record, including whether you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. This information helps to create a more informed care plan for yourself and medical professionals to work from.

How do I sign up for my Health Record?

You can sign up for your own My Health Record from the age of 14. Once you sign up for your own record, your parents/guardians will no longer be able to look at your record unless you invite them to be nominated as a representative. If you are over 14 and would like to sign up for your own My Health Record simply;

  1. Go to My Gov to sign in to your myGov account.
  2. Select Services
  3. Select Link another service
  4. Select My Health Record

If you do not have a myGov account, you can set one up at My Gov.

For more information about My Health Record and how it can benefit you, please contact your Local Aboriginal Medical Service or speak with your GP.

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