My Health Record resources

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is Australia’s national eHealth record system. Launched in 2012 as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), My Health Record is an online repository for documents and data that contains information about an individual’s health and healthcare. It can be accessed online by healthcare consumers and their healthcare providers.

An individual’s My Health Record may contain various types of content from the consumer, their healthcare providers, and Medicare. Consumers have the option to restrict access to some or all of the documents in their My Health Record by different healthcare organisations, such as particular general practices (but not individual healthcare providers, such as general practitioners [GPs]). Healthcare providers who are caring for a consumer in an emergency can access that person’s My Health Record without obtaining consent.

In the 2017–18 Budget, the Australian Government announced that every person known to Medicare or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) who has not already registered for a My Health Record will automatically have a record created for them in 2018, unless they choose to opt out. Individuals can cancel their My Health Record at any time.

Resources for GPs

The RACGP has developed a number of resources to assist general practice in their use of My Health Record.

One requirement of participation in the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive (ePIP) is the upload of Shared Health Summaries to My Health Record. The RACGP has developed a series of resources to support general practices participating in the ePIP.

External resources

Relevant legal instrument

Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) resources

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) resources

Primary Health Network (PHN) resources

Individual PHNs have My Health Record resources and can provide further support to help general practice staff use the system.

The three metro Melbourne Primary Health Network's (PHN's) would like to invite RACGP members to attend a My Health Record medico-legal workshop. Please follow the link to register for your preferred workshop.

Primary Health Network (PHN) region

Workshop location

Workshop date



South Eastern Melbourne PHN


Thursday 22 November

6:30pm–9:00pm AEST

Register here

South Eastern Melbourne PHN


Wednesday 28 November

6:30pm–9:00pm AEST

Register here

North Western Melbourne PHN


Tuesday 27 November

6:30pm–9:00pm AEST

Register here

Eastern Melbourne PHN


Wednesday 21 November

6:30pm–9:00pm AEST

Register here