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Rural Australia - Don't Opt Out

Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond says while country people can opt out of My Health Record, he implores them not to.

“Simply put, My Health Record can save lives." 

Country people are 25% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.  They are 40% more likely to die from diabetes, and they are five times as likely to die from a road accident in remote areas.

“If you live outside a major city, you have less access to health services, and are more likely to delay getting medical treatment.  That means you’re more likely to end up being hospitalised,” Mr Diamond said.

“A My Health Record means that all your important health information is at the fingertips of your doctor, nurse or surgeon,” he said.

Mr Diamond acknowledges recent reports of privacy risks associated with online health information. 

“There is always a risk with online information.  But the Alliance is satisfied that the Australian Digital Health Agency is using the most robust security measures to safeguard people’s health records, and the risk associated with My Health Record is small.”


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