Important Information on My Health Record Opt Out Period

The Australian Government Department of Health is rolling out the My Health Record online system which allows medical professionals to access a complete medical history of a patient. Patients can restrict access, require codes to access information, and receive notifications when their record is accessed. Although there are security options in place, concerns remain about the confidentiality of records and the possibility of health professionals accessing records unnecessary to the patient’s visit.

Bernard Robertson-Dunn, from the Australian Privacy Foundation told The Guardian,“If somebody has a medical condition that might result in discrimination – specifically HIV or mental health problems – they don’t want their data shared. There’s vulnerable communities… who feel at risk.”

Family members and carers can also access general, restricted, or full information if they are a nominated representative.

In 2018, every Australian will get a My Health Record. However, if you decide you don’t want a record, you can opt out during a three-month period from 16 July to 15 October 2018. 

Please see information below from the Australian Department of Health on the process to opt out of the My Health Record system:

When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.

Whether you’re visiting a GP for a check-up, or in an emergency room following an accident and are unable to talk, healthcare providers involved in your care can access important health information, such as:

  • allergies
  • medicines you are taking
  • medical conditions you have been diagnosed with
  • pathology test results like blood tests.

How to opt out of getting a My Health Record

If you don’t have a My Health Record and don’t want one created for you, you will need to opt out.

Click the ‘opt out now’ button on this page to get started. You will need to verify your identity, and provide personal details such as your name and date of birth.

You don’t need a myGov account to complete the opt-out process.

If you complete the opt-out process online, you have the option to receive an email confirmation. Remember to check your SPAM or junk folder if you do not see the message in your inbox.

Information you will need to opt out

To opt out of My Health Record, you need to verify your identity.

You will need:

  • your Medicare Card, or Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) card, and
  • one of the following forms of Australian identification:
    • your driver licence; or
    • your passport; or
    • your ImmiCard

If you have lost your Medicare card, or don’t know your Medicare number, contact Medicare to find out your details. Note that you may experience wait times when contacting the Department of Human Services call centre.

Opt out on behalf of children or dependents

If you have parental responsibility for children under the age of 18, and they are listed on your Medicare card, you can opt out of My Health Record on their behalf. Follow the steps in the online process.

Children aged 14 and over may also choose to opt out individually online. They will need their Medicare number to do so.

For other dependents you have legal responsibility for, contact us for assistance.

To view the opt out page, please click here.

Relationships Australia Healing Our Children Workshops, Katherine August-September

Please see information below on the Healing Our Children 6-week workshops for Katherine women beginning Tuesday August 14:

Relationships Australia will be running a 6-week Healing our Children (HOC) program in Katherine staring Tuesday 14 August. The HOC project is a 6-week program that draws on narrative and art therapy paradigms to engage people through storytelling and art. The program covers the following areas: growing strong and healthy children; the types of trauma that harm children; the impact of harm on children’s brain development in the critical period; the effects of harm and the actions which help children heal at four developmental stages (pre-birth, baby/toddler; primary-school age; adolescence); and family and community responsibilities for protecting children.

The “Healing Our children” project aims to:

  • Prevent children 0-3 years from being exposed to domestic and family violence
  • Increase children’s safety
  • Give unborn babies and small children the best opportunity to grow into strong and healthy adults
  • Increase the knowledge of Aboriginal women about the impact of violence, neglect and abuse on children’s brain development
  • Build the capacity of Aboriginal workers to safely respond to vulnerable women in their community
  • Reduce shame and self-blame
  • Prevent the long term effects of trauma in later life including mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse and the repeated cycle of violence

2018 Healing our Children Katherine schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Tuesday 14 August

Week 2 – Tuesday 21 August

Week 3 – Tuesday 28 August

Week 4 – Tuesday 4 September

Week 5 – Tuesday 11 September

Week 6 – Tuesday 18 September

For more information please contact Shannon O’Connor, Healing our Children (HOC) Project Coordinator 8923 4999 or email

Assist Clients with Medication Free Training Darwin, Katherine, Barkly, Alice Springs

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT is offering training to the drug and alcohol sector for those who support clients to self-administer medication. This training is kindly being funded by the Northern Territory Department of Health and is free to all participants.

This training will be offered in Darwin, Katherine, Barkly Region, and Alice Springs. BCA National Training Group will provide the training and have created a page to track expressions of interest, please follow this link to register your interest. BCA National will assess all applications to make sure this training is suitable and has not already been completed through another qualification.

Please see summary of the training course below:

Unit summary – HLTHPS006 This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication. This unit applies to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medication. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

If you have any questions contact Katie Flynn, Project Worker 8943 0608

*Please note no dates have been set for the training

National Youth Healing Framework Consultation and Webinar July 25

Please see information below on development of a National Youth Healing Framework:

Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people brings together a panel of young people and experts to discuss lived experience of Intergenerational Trauma, strategies for creating positive change, and building up our young people to develop strong healing programs.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to attend a live stream of the webinar, starting at 10:30am AEST, followed by the facilitated consultation at The Bougainvillea Room, Darwin Innovation Hub, Level 1, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48-50 Smith Street Mall, finishing by 3:00pm AEST.

The consultation will allow young people to have direct input into the development of a National Youth Healing Framework. If you are a young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like to be part of the consultation group, please RSVP to no later than 20 July. Lunch will be provided after the webinar, so be sure to include any dietary
requirements when you register. Places are limited, so registration is essential.

Those who can’t make it in person are invited to tune in online, by clicking this link on 24 July. The live stream will commence at 10:30am AEST. Those watching online don’t need to register.


AIS Working With Interpreters Training

Please see information below on Working With Interpreters Training through the Aboriginal Interpreter Service:

Working with professional Aboriginal interpreters is the most effective way to ensure that your Aboriginal clients understand you, and can fully express themselves. The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) offers training for service providers to improve communication with Aboriginal Territorians who do not speak English as a first language.

A standard training session (90 minutes) covers:

• An introduction to how different languages work
• An overview of Aboriginal languages spoken in the Northern Territory
• Why context is important in communication
• Common areas of miscommunication
• The principles of plain English
• A best practice model for working with interpreters
• Practical tips for booking and working with interpreters

At AIS and remote: Regular sessions are held at Aboriginal Interpreter Service offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs and remote communities at no cost. Please contact AIS for more information or to book.

At your workplace: Tailored training sessions for your organisation or industry for a fee. Please contact AIS or visit to submit a ‘Training request’ form.
For more information, please contact the AIS: or call 1800 334 944.