27th July 2018

Playgroup Queensland is partnering with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to provide information for members and stakeholders about the My Health Record Expansion Program.

The partnership aims to provide information about My Health Record and its benefits for all Australians, and to advise those who choose not to have one how to opt out of the process.

By the end of 2018, the Agency will have a digitised My Health Record for all Australians except those who opt out. Doctors, pharmacists and authorised healthcare providers will be able to access a person’s My Health Record to assist in their treatment of patients and issues such as prescription of medicines and advance care planning.

Playgroup Queensland will communicate the benefits of My Health Record to its member base. These benefits of the My Health Record Expansion Program include reduced hospital admissions, reduced duplication of tests, better-coordinated care, and better-informed treatment decisions.

 Playgroup Queensland CEO Stephen Alderman said playgroups were a unique social forum where parents/carers could discuss and learn about the best options for their family. The My Health Record Expansion Program was an initiative designed to better use health data to achieve for effective outcomes for Australian families.

 “Playgroup Queensland is pleased to have the opportunity to present information to families so they are well placed to make an informed choice regarding their participation on the My Health Record Expansion Program,” Mr Alderman said.

 Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said the benefits of digital health for patients were significant and compelling.

 “Having a My Health Record means your important health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, and pathology and diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one place,” he said.

 “My Health Record also places Australians in control of their healthcare and gives authorised healthcare providers secure digital access to key health information at the point of care, wherever that may be.”

 People who choose not to have a My Health Record will be able to register not to have one during a three-month opt-out period occurring between 16 July and 15 October.

For further information on My Health Record go to www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.

Australia Digital Health Agency Media contact 

Mobile:                  0428 772 421

Email:                     media@digitalhealth.gov.au

 

Playgroup Queensland Contact

Tracey McFie, Marketing and Communications Manager

Mobile:  0400 411 455            Email: tmcfie@playgroupqld.com.au