Senate debates

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


Community Affairs References Committee; Reference

3:36 pm

Photo of Richard Di NataleRichard Di Natale (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 8 October 2018:

The My Health Record system, with particular reference to:

(a) the expected benefits of the My Health Record system;

(b) the decision to shift from opt-in to opt-out;

(c) privacy and security, including concerns regarding:

  (i) the vulnerability of the system to unauthorised access,

  (ii) the arrangements for third party access by law enforcement, government agencies, researchers and commercial interests, and

  (iii) arrangements to exclude third party access arrangements to include any other party, including health or life insurers;

(d) the government's administration of the My Health Record system roll-out, including:

  (i) the public information campaign, and

  (ii) the prevalence of "informed consent" amongst users;

(e) measures that are necessary to address community privacy concerns in the My Health Record system;

(f) how My Health Record compares to alternative systems of digitising health records internationally; and

(g) any other matters.


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