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.
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 October 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 Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data was released last week. It contains information about how consumer information may be used in research, planning and service delivery. Importantly health insurers and commercial applications have been denied access. Consumers will be able to control how their information is used. You can access the Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data here.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced that Consumers can opt out of My Health Record from 16 July 2018 until 15 October 2018. A month after that, every Australian who has not opted out will have a record created for them. This is an important decision for consumers who need to carefully consider the benefits of having a digital health record. We are working to provide up-to-date consumer information on our website and will provide the page link in our eNews once it is available. You can find out more about My Health Record here.
You can view Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s Media release here.
The final Oakden Response Report is now available. It provides a comprehensive record of the work undertaken by the Oakden Report Response Plan Oversight Committee, on which HCA was a member. The committee was established under recommendations outlined in the Oakden Report It is intended to provide a complete reference point for policy documents and guidelines created in response to the Oakden Report recommendations for use by SA Health staff and staff of partner organisations providing services to older people in South Australia. The document contains details of the work of the Committee and its subcommittees and complete copies of all relevant outputs. You can download the document below.
Monday 20 – Sunday 26 August 2018
Next week is Be Medicinewise Week. The theme this year is ''Our Families Matter'', so it’s important to make safe and wise decisions about medicines and health. No matter what type of medicines you or your family take, it’s important to know your medicines. If medicines aren’t used correctly, the results can be serious. You can find out more about being Medicinewise here.
HCA’s Chief Executive, Julia Overton was invited to attend a morning tea held in SA Parliament House and hosted by the Pelvic Mesh Awareness Group. The morning brought people with lived experience together with members of parliament, industry experts and SA health. Thank you to the mesh affected women who attended and shared their experiences with us.
There is a SA Health Transvaginal Mesh Strategy in place now which includes:
- a free consumer support line 1800 666 374, staffed 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- establishment of The Consumer Advisory Group
- distribution of information via GP newsletters
- commencement of medical record audit
- establishment of The Executive Advisory Group and Clinical Reference Group.
You can find out more here
Carers SA has released its Strategic Plan 2018-2019. This is an important document which will guide their work over the next 18 months and has been developed with input from the sector and staff. You can view the Plan on their website here.
Closes: 5pm Monday 27 August 2018
The South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre is inviting applications for Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grants through a funding allocation from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). This funding opportunity is presented in the context of the Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016 -2021 and Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2016-2018, as part of the Medical Research Future Fund. You can find out more in the Terms of Reference and download an application form below.
Wednesday 29 August 2018
1.30pm – 3.00pm
HCA in partnership with SA Health invites consumers to attend an information session to learn about the draft Equity and Access in Health Care Policy Directive for SA Health. Participants will have an opportunity to contribute their ideas and feedback on the Policy.
You can access the draft policy here.
You can register to attend the Forum here.
If you are unable to attend the Forum you can complete an online survey here.
Thursday 13 September 2018
9.15am – 12.30om
Thursday 27 September 2018
10am – 4pm
The annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo will showcase practical ideas, research and initiatives under the ‘My Life, My Choice’ theme. My Life, My Choice, is about empowering individuals, couples and families to ensure that they remain at the centre of decisions related to their needs and provide information about the types of services and supports that are available to them. You can find out more here.
Friday 31 August 2018
8.30am - 5.00pm
The 9th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia Conference is hosted by the MND Association of South Australia and will be held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel. The Conference will promote the sharing of expertise and understanding of MND nationally, with the aim to improve care and support for people living with MND, their carers and families. You can find out more and register here.
Wednesday 12 September 2018
1.00pm – 4.30pm
Healthy Cities Onkaparinga is hosting a forum with the aim to establish a Food Security Collaborative for Onkaparinga. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and provide their input on what should be included in the design of the Food Security Collaborative. There will be guest speakers and presentations, information stalls and light refreshments will be served. You can find out more and register here.