ETU requests urgent ministerial intervention into My Health Records scheme

Nicholas McCallum

MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday July 19, 2018

The Electrical Trades Union of Australia has written to Health Minister Greg Hunt with an urgent request for intervention into the My Health Records scheme that has the potential to put our members’ privacy at risk.

Following meetings with the Australian Digital Health Agency, the ETU is concerned that the My Health Record scheme could adversely affect workers attending pre-employment medicals or those undergoing workers’ compensation assessments.

ETU National Secretary Allen Hicks said the public has been kept in the dark about the monumental changes to their health records which have the potential for privacy breaches that could negatively affect their private and professional lives.

“It’s not right that workers can have unrelated private health information accessed forever because they haven’t opted-out of the scheme during this very small window,” Mr Hicks said.

“This scheme makes it too easy for a boss to discriminate against someone because they suffered an unrelated injury at previous job. ­­

“In this era of ‘big data’, Australians have already seen too many stuff-ups at the hands of Turnbull Government, from the Census fail of 2016 or the bastardly Centrelink robo-debt debacle, to name a few.

“With these in mind, the ETU will be informing its members that they should opt-out immediately from the My Health Records scheme unless our concerns are met,” he said.

In a letter to Minister Hunt, the ETU has asked for commitments from the Federal Government that the current provision that allows insurers and employers’ doctors to view records will be amended to automatically exclude access for workers compensation and for pre-employment reasons.

Media enquiries: ETU National Communications Coordinator – Nicholas McCallum

0419 499 886, [email protected]

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