Floods, bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic.  Australia has faced ongoing emergency situations and it’s impossible to know when the next one might be.

Independent Clinical Adviser to the Australian Digital Health Agency, Dr Steve Hambleton, joins Dave to explain why you need online access to your health information including medicine documents, a summary of your medical history and recent pathology and diagnostic imaging reports.

Having your critical health information in My Health Record can help you to get life-saving medicines during natural disasters when you can’t see a GP, make it home or your paper-based information has been destroyed.

My Health Record can be accessed by emergency departments if you are rushed to hospital and the doctors need to know of any health issues, allergies or medicine you may be taking if you can’t speak.

Also, you can use the information in your My Health Record to prove you have a specified health condition that may make you eligible for an earlier COVID-19 vaccination and to display the date of that vaccine when you have had one.

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Independent Clinical Adviser to the Australian Digital Health Agency, Dr Steve Hambleton, said Australians can take more control of their health and use their My Health Record to keep their important medical information up to date.

“Now is the time to look at your own and your loved ones’ records (with their permission) and if they are missing documents, ask your healthcare providers to update information so you and they don’t get caught out,” he said.