Access to My Health records too easy: Police

July 27, 2018

The Australian reports, the chief of Australia’s peak body representing more than 60,000 police officers in all jurisdictions, has called on the Turnbull government to urgently legislate to outlaw investigators from accessing the My Health Record system without a warrant.

The call comes in the wake of Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi, this week telling ABC Radio Adelaide that he has 'opted out' already from being part of the My Health Record rollout, and has concerns about the government's ability to protect the data.

Yesterday, Mark Burgess (pictured), the chief executive of the Australian Police Federation said, “The reality is that you don’t need a warrant. Someone is going to need to amend the legislation to build in that protection for the wider community.”

He added that it “seemed illogical” not to have those protections in place already.

Malcolm Turnbull yesterday flagged further “refinements and reassurances” to the controversial e-record scheme to help ensure it did not undermine patient privacy.

The Advertiser reports, the new boss of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Dr Harry Nespolon has also cancelled his My Health Record this week, “I opted out because the My Health Record should be about my health and is not for government agencies or police,” he said.

 “When someone goes to the doctor with a health complaint, they don’t expect the tax commissioner to be jiggling around in their My Health Record,” Dr Nespolon said.

“For the doctor-patient relationship to deliver the best health outcomes, the patient needs to be sure about confidentiality. If people know lots of people will be able to access their information, then they may decide not to seek help or give the full story.”

Every Australian will get a My Health Record unless they opt out by October 15.

Tens of thousands of Australians are racing to opt out of having an online My Health Record which will reveal sensitive information such as abortions, drug addictions, mental health problems and sexually transmitted diseases.

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