My Health Record opt-out period extended

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information that 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.

This year, every individual with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card will get a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.

To give Australians more time to make an informed choice as to whether they want a My Health Record or not, the opt-out period has been extended to 15 November 2018. In addition, the Australian Government is making changes to strengthen the privacy protections within the My Health Records Act 2012.

Until 15 November 2018, individuals who do not want to have a My Health Record can opt out by:

  • Going to
  • Calling the Help line on 1800 723 471
  • Contacting their Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

For individuals who don’t opt out, a My Health Record will be created for them by the end of 2018.

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