My Health in­for­ma­tion ses­sions lined up

Pilbara News - - News -

Res­i­dents and work­ers in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton will have a chance to learn key in­for­ma­tion about My Health Record be­fore the dead­line to opt out, with vis­it­ing health pro­fes­sion­als hold­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions around the re­gion from this week.

The group of health ex­perts will tour Tom Price, Parabur­doo, Onslow and Pan­na­won­ica to out­line to com­mu­nity mem­bers the ben­e­fits and pit­falls of the dig­i­tal med­i­cal database, which comes into ef­fect for Aus­tralians from the end of this year un­less in­di­vid­u­als opt out by Novem­ber 15.

The record is aimed at stream­lin­ing a pa­tient’s med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion by stor­ing that data in a sin­gle on­line por­tal.

WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Win­nie Henry said the new record could be par­tic­u­larly use­ful for FIFO work­ers and tran­sient Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tions.

“FIFO fam­i­lies ac­cess health­care in the Pil­bara while work­ing away from home and when they are back in Perth,” she said.

“My Health Record will there­fore pro­vide whichever health­care provider they are see­ing with a sum­mary of their key health in­for­ma­tion which can speed up the di­ag­no­sis when some­one is seek­ing treat­ment.”

My Health Record pre­sen­ters vis­ited Tom Price on Mon­day and are due to visit Parabur­doo to­day, Onslow next Tues­day and Pan­na­won­ica the fol­low­ing day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to wapha.org.au/events.

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