To help people make an informed decision about My Health Record and whether to opt-out, we are holding series of 6 webinars during the opt-out period. The webinars are to provide balanced, independent, factual and authoritative information about My Health Record and the opt-out process, and give people a chance to have some of their questions answered.

More information on the goals and purpose of this series is available here: chf.org.au/introduction-my-health-record-webinar-series

This page is a central 'hub' that will be updated as the series goes on with more information, and with links to resources like recordings, slides, summaries and other resources created following each webinar.

Click the button below to register to be notified of all upcoming webinars and content created in this series. Registration for each individual webinar will be opening soon.

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These webinars have been made possible through funding provided by the ADHA. CHF and the ADHA have signed an MoU that protects CHF’s right to speak independently.

Upcoming Webinars

Held Webinars

 

Please note that the information provided here is still subject to change, as the national discussion on My Health Record is rapidly evolving and other issues may become more important to address.

 

Webinar 1: Privacy and Security

The opt-out period for My Health Record began recently, prompting much greater scrutiny of the project by media and the public. Central to that scrutiny has been questions of privacy and security of the system.

In this webinar, we briefly covered My Health Record in general, then open a panel discussion that will focus on the privacy and security of the system, how legislation and policy affects it, and whether and what changes should be made to improve the privacy and security of My Health Record.

Panellists

  • Kim Webber - General Manager, Strategy at the Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Karen Carey – Consumer Advocate, former chair of CHF and Chair of the NHMRC Community and Consumer Advisory Group
  • Dr Bruce Baer Arnold - Assistant Professor, Law at University of Canberra and Vice-chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation Board
  • Dr Charlotte Hespe - GP, Glebe Family Medical Centre and RACGP Vice President

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Details

Date and Time: 12:30pm AEST, 8 August 2018
Recording: youtu.be/5yhx4WZP6EM
Transcript: chf.org.au/sites/default/files/transcript_-_webinar_1.pdf

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Webinar 2: Overview of Digital Health

To properly understand My Health Record, it is important to know where it fits in the larger digital health landscape in Australia.

In this webinar, we discuss among other topics how My Health Record currently and could in the future interact with the rest of the Ausrtralian health system, the safety and quality impacts of digital health, and what else is happening in digital health.

Panellists

  • Garth McDonald, General Manager of Service Delivery, ADHA
  • Dr Christine Slade, Consumer Advocate
  • Dr Ian Hickie, Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney

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Details

Date and Time: 3pm AEST, 23 August 2018
Recording: youtu.be/jBHkHqlQvhI
Transcript: chf.org.au/sites/default/files/transcript_-_webinar_2.pdf

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Webinar 3: Benefits of My Health Record

A My Health Record system with the majority of Australians enrolled has many potential benefits for the health system in Australia.

In this webinar, we discuss among other topics the benefits to the individual, the benefits to the health system, the barriers to realising benefits and what work is underway to measure benefits. This will include a discussion of some of the risks and limits, however the risks will be looked at in greater detail in following webinars.

Panellists

  • Dr Amandeep Hansra – GP, ADHA Clinical Reference Lead, former CEO & Medical Director of Telstra’s telemedicine business, ReadyCare
  • Russell McGowan – Consumer Advocate
  • Dr Chris Pearce - GP, Academic, President of Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • Dr Chris Freeman - Pharmacist, Vice president Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

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Details

Date and Time: 12:30pm AEST, 30 August 2018
Recording: youtube.com/watch?v=xdOpbG8ZJo8
Transcript:chf.org.au/sites/default/files/transcript_-_webinar_3.pdf

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Webinar 4: Risks of My Health Record

Understanding the risks of My Health Record as they apply to your own life is a vital step when deciding about whether to have a My Health Record or not.

In this webinar, we discuss among other topics the risks to privacy and security, the risk to community perceptions of the intersection between the health system and government, and what measures are in place to manage and mitigate these risks. This included a discussion of some of the benefits, however the benefits will be looked at in greater detail in a previous webinar.

Panellists

  • Tony Kitzelmann – ADHA Chief Information Security Officer and General Manager for the ADHA Cyber Security Centre
  • Dean Martin – Consumer Advocate, ADHA Consumer Advisory Committee member, Research Manager at Black Dog Institute
  • David Hansen – CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre, Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Australia board
  • Aaron Cogle – Executive Director, National Association of People with HIV Australia

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Details

Date and Time: 12:30pm AEST, 6 September 2018
Recording: https://youtu.be/M59yAJt_njM
Transcript chf.org.au/sites/default/files/transcript_-_webinar_4.pdf

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Webinar 5: Digital Inclusion and Health Literacy

To be able to effectively use My Health Record, a person must have a sufficient level of digital, data and health literacy. They also need to be able to access digital tools. Making a decision about whether or not you should have a My Health Record requires a person to make an assessment of their digital and health literacy, but it also raises important ethical questions about the merits of an opt-out model for the whole population.

In this webinar, we will discuss among other topics what skills are required to use My Health Record, the level of digital inclusion in Australia and discuss the ethics of the decision to opting people with low digital or health literacy into the My Health Record system.

 

Panellists

  • Karen Gallagher, ADHA, General Manager – Implementation, My Health Record
  • Dr Chris Moy, GP, Chair of the AMA Ethics and Medicolegal Committee
  • Louisa Walsh, Consumer Advocate, Researcher at La Trobe’s Centre for Health Communication and Participation
  • Mohammad Al-Khafaji, FECCA, Director – Strategy and Engagement

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Details

Date and Time: 3pm AEST, 13 September 2018
Recording: youtu.be/B-9Z7KpQqW0
Transcript chf.org.au/sites/default/files/transcript_-_webinar_5.pdf

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Webinar 6: Consumer Estimates

The final webinar of the series will provide an opportunity to summarise what has been covered, and put any remaining questions people have about My Health Record directly to representatives of the Federal Government.

In this webinar, a panel of experience health consumer advocates will ask questions of a panel of representatives from the Federal Government, in a style similar to Senate Estimates.

 

Panellists

The final list of panellists is being confirmed. The Consumer Panel that asks questions will be made up of experienced consumer health advocates. The Government panel will be made up of representatives from organisations like the ADHA, Department of Health, the OAIC and the AIHW.

Representatives from Government:

  • Karen Gallagher, ADHA, General Manager – Implementation, My Health Record
  • Kim Webber - General Manager, Strategy at the Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Michael Frost, AIHW - Group Head, Primary Health Care and Veterans Group

Consumer Panellists:

  • Paige Burton - Consumer, 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
  • Sharon Tonkin - Consumer and carer with 40+ years of rural health experience
  • Marc Niemes - Consumer, Digital and eLearning business founder, "Health is not something done to you, it is something you take part in"

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Details

Date and Time: 2pm AEDT, 17 October 2018
Registration: webcasts.com.au/chf041018/