You can track your child’s health and development using My Health Record.
The Childhood Development section of your child’s My Health Record lets you (or any other authorised representatives) keep track of your child’s early health, growth and development.
It tracks similar information to the Child’s Health book you received in hospital (e.g. the red book or blue book).
Healthcare providers such as your GP may view the Childhood Development section but can’t add information to it.
Where to find the Childhood Development section
To access a My Health Record as an authorised representative you will need to:
- Log in to your My Health Record through myGov.
- Select the box with your child’s name on the welcome screen to access their My Health Record.
- Go to the ‘Documents’ tab at the top of the page and select ‘Childhood Development’.
Most Australians already have a My Health Record. You can access you child’s record online by following these instructions. Or if you are a parent of a newborn baby, you can create a My Health Record for them as part of the Medicare registration.
Every My Health Record has a Childhood Development section. If you wish to add information about your own childhood, this can be done in the Childhood Development section of your own My Health Record.
Track your child’s health information
In the Childhood Development section of your child’s My Health Record, you can find:
- Achievement Diary –Record your child’s developmental milestones, e.g. your child’s first words or first steps (Healthcare providers cannot view these).
- Australian Immunisation Register – A list of immunisations your child has received (This information gets added through Medicare).
- Growth Charts – Track your child’s growth, including their height, weight and head circumference. A healthcare provider should ideally take these measurements.
- Health Check Assessment Schedule –Questionnaires to help you to think about and record health information for your child (currently only available for New South Wales and Tasmania).
- Information for Parents – Additional resources that can be helpful for your child’s development.
You can also add emergency contact details for your child in case of an emergency.
National Children's Digital Health Collaborative
A new app for tracking children’s health is currently being developed by the National Children's Digital Health Collaborative.
Visit the National Children's Digital Health Collaborative website for more information.
Due to this new program, the My Child’s eHealth Record app is no longer available.