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