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Opting out or not?

NEW OPT OUT DEADLINE: 31 January 2019

Up until now, people have chosen to opt into the My Health Record scheme to set up a record for themselves. But now that has changed: everyone will automatically have a My Health Record created for them unless they opt out. If you choose to opt out, you need to do that by 31 January 2019. More on this later.

People who choose to opt out before the deadline can choose to opt-in again at any time in the future.

If you choose to have a My Health Record you don’t need to do anything. One will be created for you.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO OPT OUT OR NOT?

The decision to opt out is an important one that only you can make, but there are several factors that may influence your decision. You will need to carefully weigh up the benefits and risks for your own circumstances. Common questions asked about My Health Record include issues of privacy, information security, sensitive health conditions, and how a My Health Record could be of benefit to you.