This week in review - 26 July 2018

Mark Henley

My Health Record

There has been a lot of media around the ‘opt out’ period for My Health Record.  The scheme aims to allow people to have one central location for all their health records that can then be accessed by appropriate healthcare professionals.  Concerns about security of data and levels of access allowed under the legislation have been raised.  We are working on a fact sheet outlining all the issues to help you and your clients make an informed decision.

Cashless debit card gets slammed by the Australian National Audit Office

The Auditor General’s report on the cashless debit card trial released this week supports QCOSS’ findings that ‘evidence is lacking’ to support any expansion of the card to the Hinkler electorate of Hervey Bay and Bundaberg in Queensland.

QCOSS has held this position since the suggestions were made to extend the trial to Queensland, strongly advising against the expansion of the trial not only because of the lack of evidence, but also because addressing complex health and social issues, like substance use problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.

We are very pleased to see the Auditor General’s report supports what we have been saying for some months.  The test will now be to see if sanity prevails and the Turnbull Government steps away from this legislation.

We have updated our position paper with this new information.  You can read it here.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

We are getting very excited about the Changing Lives, Changing Communities events coming up in August in Capricornia, Fraser Coast and Townsville!  These events are a great opportunity for those of you not able to attend the conference a chance to learn more about social change and your community.

Our next communities throughout September and October will be Mount Isa, Gladstone, Mackay and Toowoomba!!  Dates out shortly. You can read more information here.

I hope to see you there.


Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer