My Health Record and Young People
Aug 31, 2018
The Australian government has introduced My Health Record, an online summary of individual's health information. It allows doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to view an individual’s health information, as well as the individual themselves. Every Australian citizen will receive a My Health Record, however there is the option to opt out from now until the 15th of November 2018.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has published a fact sheet titled "Young people and the My Health Record system". This fact sheet contains a range of useful information. For example, young people aged over 14 are presumed to have capacity to make decisions about My Health Record, including whether to allow parents or legal guardians to have access. There are a number of processes that need to be undertaken in order for a young person to have control over their My Health Record.