Strengthening privacy protections for My Health Record
The Government will strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
After constructive discussions with the AMA and RACGP, the Government will strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act, removing any doubt regarding Labor’s 2012 legislation.
Labor’s 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened to match the existing ADHA policy.
This policy requires a court order to release any My Health Record information without consent. The amendment will ensure no record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order.
The Digital Health Agency’s policy is clear and categorical - no documents have been released in more than six years and no documents will be released without a court order. This will be enshrined in legislation.
This change to the My Health Record Act will therefore remove any ambiguity on this matter.
In addition, the Government will also amend Labor’s 2012 legislation to ensure if someone wishes to cancel their record they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system.
The Government will also work with medical leaders on additional communications to the public about the benefits and purpose of the My Health Record, so they can make an informed choice.
We will be looking to implement and introduce these changes as soon as possible.