This submission is in response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the My Health Record system. Our submission highlights the benefits and challenges AHPA and its member associations have identified for providers and consumers.
AHPA takes a positive view of My Health Record and has been involved in a range of activities to support greater use of the system by the allied health community. We acknowledge that AHPA has on two occasions received small amounts of funding to undertake targeted activities related to awareness and use of the system by allied health practitioners. We note that we’ve also undertaken a broad range of unfunded activities to support our sector in this area and are continuing to advocate for increased use.
Our position is that significant benefits can be achieved through widespread sharing of appropriate consumer health information via My Health Record. However, we remain concerned about the lack of investment in options to provide access to My Health Record-conformant software. We also believe additional work will be required to support the allied health sector in utilising the system.
We encourage you to read our submission to find out more about our views on My Health Record.