As many of you would now know, the My Health Record opt out dates have been announced. Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018. If you are happy for a My Health Record to be created for you by the end of 2018, you don’t need to do anything. If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, or about how to inform the government that you don’t want a My Health Record, visit myhealthrecord.gov.au
I am happy to report that Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has launched the Emergency Alternatives Campaign mentioned in my update last month. This campaign has been designed to create community awareness about when people should be presenting to an Emergency Department and when they should consider other options. Gold Coast residents who need medical assistance for non-life-threatening conditions are encouraged to visit healthemergencyoptions.com.au
to explore their options.
beyondblue, in partnership with GCPHN and Bolton Clarke, have launched the free and confidential NewAccess program, suitable for Gold Coast residents over 16 years of age who have low levels of anxiety and/or depression. If you would like more information about the program you are encouraged to visit the beyondblue website
, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1800 010 630. Additional information is also available here
And finally, we are continuing to promote cancer screening programs for breast, cervical and bowel cancer, and encourage residents to talk to their GP about their cancer risk.
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
and Bowel Cancer Australia
have an array of free resources for health professionals and local residents on how they can help contribute towards bowel cancer screening awareness. Health professionals are encouraged to promote the program in their workplaces and to talk to your patients aged 49 to 74 about bowel cancer screening. If you are in this age bracket, start the discussion with your GP to ensure your bowel cancer screening is up to date.