My Health Record


A My Health Record will automatically be created for you unless you opt out.




what is My Health Record?


My Health Record is a secure on-line summary of your key health information.

It’s your choice who can see your on-line summary and what information is in it! Just ask your GP to upload the information you wish to add in there.

You control who accesses the information in your My Health Record.

All documents in My Health Record are set to general access for healthcare providers by default. This means any providers who are involved in your care can see this information. You can change your access controls at any time.

Information you can add include: allergies, immunisations, hospital discharge summaries, reports from tests and scans, like blood tests, prescribed medications, referral letters, health summary uploaded by your GP and organ donation decisions.

A My Health Record allows doctors and health providers to quickly access documents containing critical pieces of information which means you don’t have to recall your medical history every time you visit them.

Opt out by 15th October by calling 1800 723 471


Why Have My Health Record?


• Your health information can be viewed securely on-line anywhere anytime.
• Better connected care
• Access to your key health information in an emergency
• Convenient snapshot of your health


Emergency access
In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see your health information such as allergies, medicines and immunisations. This helps them to provide you with the best possible treatment and care.

If you have set an access code for your My Health Record and there is a serious threat to your life, health or safety, emergency access to your record may be provided.

Emergency access lasts for a maximum of five days and will show in your record access history. If you have set up automatic notifications you will be notified of this access.


Information you can add to your record: You, or someone authorised to represent you, can share additional information in your record that may be important for your healthcare providers to know about you. This includes:

  • contact numbers and emergency contact details
  • current medications
  • allergy information and any previous allergic reactions
  • Indigenous status
  • Veterans’ or Australian Defence Force status
  • your advance care plan or contact details of your custodian.


Information from healthcare professionals Healthcare providers such as GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents about your health to your record, including: an overview of your health uploaded by your doctor, called a shared health summary. This is a useful reference for new doctors or other healthcare providers you visit, hospital discharge summaries, reports from test and scans, like blood tests medications that your doctor has prescribed to you referral letters from your doctor(s).



What you have to do?


You don’t have to do anything. A secure My Health Record will be created for you  unless you opt out by 15th October by calling 1800 723 471.


Visit the My Health Website for further information and how to register to access your record and steps to opt out here. 


How to use My Health Record.


Uploading old tests and scans:
Your medical history, such as older tests and scan reports, will not be automatically uploaded to your My Health Record. Only new reports can be uploaded by participating pathology labs or diagnostic imaging providers.

Talk to your doctor about uploading a shared health summary to your My Health Record. This summary can capture important past health information such as results from previous tests or scans, which can be shared with your other treating healthcare providers.