My Health Record is an online summary of your health information. You control what information is stored, and who can access it. Health information stored in your record can include information from you, your healthcare providers, and Medicare.
Your My Health Record allows you to share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time. It stores information on allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test or scan results in one place.
Healthcare providers such as doctors, specialists and hospital staff may also be able to access your My Health Record online at any time if they need to, such as in an accident or emergency. This can help you get the right treatment.
By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one and opt out. You can find out more about My Health Record here.
On Thursday 15 November 2018 the Senate passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. The Bill will need to go back to the House of Representatives, which sits again on Monday 26 November 2018. If passed by the House of Representatives in its current form, it will then be assented and become law. Following the Senate vote to extend the opt-out period, the Minister for Health has announced that the opt-out period will be extended until 31 January 2019. The amendments that passed the Senate yesterday are another step in ensuring the system has the confidence of the Australian public, promotes greater health outcomes and protects the privacy and security of people’s health information.
There are a number of amendments in the Bill that strengthen the My Health Records privacy and security protections. A summary of the changes is available here
The Australian Digital Health Agency was established in 2016 by the governments of Australia to lead the development of the National Digital Health Strategy (the Strategy) and its implementation. The Strategy is the product of detailed consultation and co-production with patients, consumers and carers – and the healthcare professionals, industry,organisations and innovators who serve them. It draws on evidence of clinical and economic benefit from many sources within Australia and overseas. You can find out more here.
Monday the 16 July was the first day for consumers to opt out for My Health Record. This year you will get a My Health Record unless you opt out during the three-month period from 16 July to 15 November 2018. My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet. You can find out more about My Health Record and the details for opting out here.
Donna Sedgman from the Australian Digital Health Agency will be joining the Health Consumers NSW for a Facebook Live session on Thursday 19 July at 2:30pm. The session will look at the benefits and risks of My Health Record. You can find out more details about the event here.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia have published a blog on the pros and cons of My Health Record. You can access the summary here.
With the launch of the National Digital Health Strategy in July, Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey addressed the National Press Club about how digital information can transform the quality and sustainability of health and care. You can watch the catch up interview on ABC iview here.
The Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation is conducting an inquiry into Workplace Fatigue and Bullying in South Australian Hospitals and Health Services. HCA was invited to make a submission in contribution to the inquiry. Studies have shown that health services working effectively and using a person-centred care approach can lead to improved workforce attitudes and job satisfaction, decreased emotional stress, decreased workforce turnover, and absenteeism and improved overall workforce wellbeing.
Read our submission here
In 2019 HCA will work with consumers, partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop more focused training modules for consumers on topics such as:
One of the changes of not having a core funding base is that we will now be charging for our training, including consumer training. Fees will be kept as low as possible, and opportunities for subsidised training will be made available to consumers who do not have the capacity to pay.
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An international team of researchers led by SAHMRI-based epidemiologist Dr Azmeraw Amare has opened the door to more rapid mapping of the genetic foundations of mental health disorders. The global collaboration, that included SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide, found eight never-before-identified gene variants related to increased risk of depressive disorder, and more importantly, strengthened the evidence for genetic links between major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Find out more here.
The South Australian Health Commission offers online resources aimed at helping maintain a mentally health workplace. One of the important roles of the Commission is to work with South Australian communities and leaders to strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Investing in mentally healthy workplaces is a win-win for employers, workers, the economy and the State. Find out more here.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
11.30am - 2:30 pm
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to attend a workshop to provide input on the draft Second Edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). A consultation was undertaken in 2018 which sought feedback on how user-friendly and easy to understand the existing Charter is, and how it could be improved. This feedback has informed the draft Second Edition, which will be discussed in detail at the workshop. Feedback will also be sought on the types of resources participants would find helpful when using the Charter. Participants will be provided with introductory information and will be required to complete a short survey prior to the event. Lunch will be provided.
Find out more and register here.
Wednesday 27 March
11.00am - 3.00pm
Sonder, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network, is hosting the Closing the Gap Day at the Adelaide Showground. Admission is free for all ages. It aims to bring together people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to share information and take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. The event will also feature plenty of free activities for children, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.
Find out more here.
Thursday 30 May 2019
The 2019 annual Choosing Wisely National Meeting will bring together policy makers, consumers and other health care stakeholders for an interactive discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and highlights of the Choosing Wisely initiative as it continues to grow. Early bird registration is open until Thursday 18 April.
Find out more and register here.
Wednesday 30 January 2019
10am – 12pm
HCA is hosting a focus group for the South Australian Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC). The focus group aims to gain consumer feedback on their current website to ensure it is user-friendly.
You can find out more and register here.
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Thursday 21 February 2019
1.00pm – 4.00pm
As part of the Community Mental Health Re-design Project, a Community Mental Health Consumer and Carer workshop is being held for consumers and carers who are or have received care from CALHN mental health services.
The aim of the workshop is to identify:
Who are our consumers, carers and community?
What are our guiding principles?
Service description – what works well and what we could do better?
Future service – how would it work?
Find out more and Register here