A team of My Health Record experts will be visiting Bindoon, Northam and York on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September to inform the community about the benefits of My Health Record, and how to opt-out, if they wish.
By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a digital My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one. Having a My Health Record means that a summary of a person’s important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medication details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one place.
WA Primary Health Alliance general manager, Linda Richardson, said My Health Record will contribute to better patient outcomes and improved patient care.
“Working across the health sector, we see the need for more efficient information sharing. That is one of the significant benefits of My Health Record as it will connect the different health providers through one system and give people more insight and control of their own health information,” Ms Richardson said.
“Having a My Health Record has many advantages and it is easily accessible to authorised doctors, specialists, hospitals, and allied health professionals.
“It will be much more convenient, not having to remember and repeat your medical history, including chronic conditions and medications, as all this information can be uploaded to the My Health Record by healthcare providers.
“When medical emergencies arise when travelling from a regional area to the city or interstate, a hospital can quickly access the person’s My Health Record, review their health summary and treat them appropriately, something that currently is not available,” Ms Richardson said.
Corrigin pharmacist, Michelle Hooper, said My Health Record will provide a clear view of people’s medications, and their history of doctor, specialist visits, pathology and imaging.
“I set up a My Health Record for myself, my husband, my two children, and my parents and parents in law. It has given me peace of mind to have it, knowing that the doctors and the hospital they visit can refer to it,” Ms Hooper said.
Tuesday 11 September: Bindoon Hall, 1:30pm and York CRC, 5pm
Wednesday 12 September: Boulevard Shopping Centre, Northam; 9:30am – 11:30am
To find an information session in your area, follow the My Health Record Facebook page follow www.facebook.com/pg/waphaphns/ or visit www.wapha.org.au/events/
More information on My Health Record can be found at https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/. People who do not want a My Health Record can opt out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone-based assistance. Additional support is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people with limited digital literacy, and those living in rural and remote regions.
During August and September, the My Health Record specialists’ team will be hosting community information sessions across the Wheatbelt at the following locations:
Monday 10 September
My Health Record Community session at Lancelin CRC, 10am
My Health Record Community session at Jurien Bay CRC, 1pm
My Health Record Community session at Delmoor centre in Moora, 4.30pm
Tuesday 11 September
My Health Record Community session at Dandaragan CRC, 9am
My Health Record Community session at Gingin CRC, 11:30am
My Health Record Community session at Bindoon Hall, 1:30pm
My Health Record Community session at York CRC, 5pm
Wednesday 12 September
My Health Record stall at Boulevard Shopping Centre in Northam; 9:30am – 11:30am
For more information:
Nienke Rozendaal – (08) 6278 7942 or 0429 680 167
About WA Primary Health Alliance: WA Primary Health Alliance oversees the strategic commissioning functions of the Perth North, Perth South and Country WA Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The WA PHNs are three of 31 PHNs established by the Australian Government nationally to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for the community. We work across the WA healthcare system with doctors, allied health professionals, Area Health Services and service providers to improve the coordination of care for people who are at risk of poor health outcomes. For more information, visit www.wapha.org.au