Earlier in the year the My Health Record push was announced by the government and prompted some concerns about privacy of such personal and critical information. The Australian Government promised to fix it and a Bill has now been passed through parliament to do just that.
The Australian Parliament passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018 on 10 December 2018. These changes are in response to the Australian community’s calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.
The measures also allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life.
Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person can delete their record permanently at any time.
People should still consider their options about having a My Health Record. You can read our fact sheet about it here.