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My Health Record helps carers at Nepean Disability Expo

11 September 2018

At this weekend’s Nepean Disability Expo, carers will have the opportunity to learn more about My Health Record and how it can assist them in caring for loved ones.

Following a successful trial in 2016 that included the Nepean area, a My Health Record is being given to every person in Australia by the end of this year. My Health Record is an individual’s online summary of key health information which is easily accessible by doctors, specialists, and hospitals. With shared health summaries, hospital discharge summaries, prescribed and dispensed medicines digitally accessible to authorised health practitioners, there is no need to worry about forgetting important information, like medication names and dosages – it is in My Health Record.

Individuals can give carers access to their My Health Record which gives them the ability to view and upload important health information including allergies and adverse reactions. It allows them to have oversight of healthcare services being provided to ensure that they get better connected care.

Donna Sedgman, public health professional and carer to her 21 year old daughter Marnie who suffered a brain haemorrhage, says “It was really important for Marnie that she had a My Health Record. It was also really important for me as her carer. With others participating in Marnie’s care, if I’m not around and if they need to take Marnie to the doctor or if she is hospitalised, the information is there for her.

“Marnie is a complex case – we have had a number of interactions with the health system and visited Westmead Hospital over 400 times. My Health Record provides me with the security and confidence that Marnie will be managed appropriately by all healthcare professionals,” she said.

Read the full media release (pdf, 299kb)