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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.

Whether you’re visiting a GP for a check-up, or in an emergency room following an accident and are unable to talk, healthcare providers involved in your care can access important health information, such as:

  • allergies
  • medicines you are taking
  • medical conditions you have been diagnosed with
  • pathology test results like blood tests.  

This can help you get the right treatment. You don’t need to be sick to benefit from having a My Health Record. It’s a convenient way to record and track your health information over time.

You control your record

You can choose to share your health information with the healthcare providers involved in your care.

If you wish, you can manage your My Health Record by adding your own information and choosing your privacy and security settings. For example, you can:

Next time you see your doctor, ask them to add your health information to your My Health Record. 

By allowing your doctors to upload, view and share documents in your My Health Record, they will have a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you. You can also ask that some information not be uploaded to your record.

Creation of your My Health Record

Between 16 July 2018 and 31 January 2019, Australians had the opportunity to decide if they wanted a My Health Record and to opt out if they didn’t want one.

Records will be created within 30 days for every eligible Australian who wants one.

Register now for a My Health Record

If you don’t want to wait, you can register now for a My Health Record.

My Health Record in practice - Dr Caroline Yates

Dr Caroline Yates explains how My Health Record will help to improve the flow of information between GPs and specialists, especially for her patients who are from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

My Health Record background information

My Health Record opt-out trial 2016

Just under 1 million Australians were registered for a My Health Record in 2016, during the Department of Health's opt-out participation trials. 

These trials were held from March to October 2016 in the Nepean Blue Mountain region of NSW and Northern Queensland area. If an individual's address registered with Medicare was in a trial area at the time, they would have received a letter informing them they were going to get a My Health Record. 

After the 2016 trial opt-out period ended, records were created for all individuals who did not elect to opt out. 

Previous names of the My Health Record system

The My Health Record system was once called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) and the eHealth record. It's possible that ou may have registered under PCEHR or eHealth, and didn't know the name had changed to My Health Record.