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My Health Record: Peter Tully's Story

November 12, 2018

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Meet local Ipswich community member, Peter Tully, who believes having a My Health Record is an important tool where he can keep all of his key health information in one place.

My Health Record is an online summary of a person’s key health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, as well as pathology and diagnostic imaging reports. It allows your nominated healthcare providers access to a summary of your health record when they need to.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every person with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card, unless they choose not to have one.

Peter first moved to Ipswich in October 1997 where he eventually met his now wife Linda in 2007.

Both Peter and Linda are passionate and active advocates within the Ipswich disability community, having been involved in the Every Australian Counts (EAC) campaign since its inception and having both being named Queensland EAC Champions for the 2018-19 year.

In April 2010, both Peter and Linda became the volunteer regional facilitators for Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) with work leading Peter to take on an additional position as the Disability Development Officer for Able Australia.

Having a My Health Record gives Peter peace of mind knowing that health care professionals can access his key health information without him, or his wife, having to remember all of his medications and medical history.

“To give you an example, what do you think happens when I become unwell and get admitted to hospital? My wife, who also has a disability, gets overwhelmed and is obviously worried about me and can’t tell the doctors my critical health information, like medications and my medical history. However, with having a My Health Record, all my wife needs to do is tell the treating clinician that I have a My Health Record, and they will be able to find all of the important information they need.”

As a central repository of documents from different healthcare providers, My Health Record stores information that can be accessed at the point of care.

Some key things to remember about My Health Record:

  • Your important healthcare information is available in one place and accessible by your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
  • When moving interstate or travelling, your information can be viewed securely online.
  • In emergency situations, treating doctors can view information such as current medications and Advance Care Plans to provide appropriate treatment quickly.
  • You don’t need to remember the dates of tests, medicine names or dosages.
  • Because healthcare providers have better access to clinical information, they have a more detailed picture to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment.
  • You can control what information goes into your My Health Record and restrict who is allowed to access it.
  • For those that require assistance accessing your My Health Record, you can nominate someone to act on your behalf or ask healthcare providers involved in your care to add information to your record.
  • My Health Record has multi-layered security processes and strong safeguards in place to protect your information.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If you don’t want a My Health Record, you can opt out by 15 November 2018.

For more information visit myhealthrecord.gov.au or call 1800 723 471.

 

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