My Health Record brings together health information from you, your healthcare providers and Medicare.
This can include details of your medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, allergies, and test or scan results, all in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may also be able to see your My Health Record when they need to, including in an accident or emergency.
Information from healthcare professionals
Healthcare providers such as GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents about your health to your record, including:
- an overview of your health uploaded by your doctor, called a shared health summary. This is a useful reference for new doctors or other healthcare providers you visit
- hospital discharge summaries
- reports from test and scans, like blood tests
- medications that your doctor has prescribed to you
- referral letters from your doctor(s).
Information from Medicare
Up to two years of past Medicare data may be added to your record when you first get one, including:
- Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) information held by the Department of Human Services
- Medicare and Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (RPBS) information stored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
- organ donation decisions
- immunisations that are included in the Australian Immunisation Register, including childhood immunisations and other immunisations received.
Information you can add to your record
You, or someone authorised to represent you, can share additional information in your record that may be important for your healthcare providers to know about you. This includes:
- contact numbers and emergency contact details
- current medications
- allergy information and any previous allergic reactions
- Indigenous status
- Veterans’ or Australian Defence Force status
- your advance care plan or contact details of your custodian.
What to expect when logging into My Health Record for the first time
The first time you log into your My Health Record there may be little or no information in it. There may be up to two years’ worth of Medicare information such as doctor visits under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), as well as your Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims history. If you choose, you can remove this information after you log in.
Information will be added after you visit your GP, nurse or pharmacist. You can add your personal health information and notes straight away.
Uploading old tests and scans
Your medical history, such as older tests and scan reports, will not be automatically uploaded to your My Health Record. Only new reports can be uploaded by participating pathology labs or diagnostic imaging providers.
Talk to your doctor about uploading a shared health summary to your My Health Record. This summary can capture important past health information such as results from previous tests or scans, which can be shared with your other treating healthcare providers.