Having information about your allergies and adverse reactions and other medical history in your My Health Record is important to keep you safe.
The National Allergy Strategy is working with the Australian Digital Health Agency to make sure that information about your (or your child’s) allergies and adverse reactions is easy for doctors and other healthcare providers to find in My Health Record. Read our privacy and security newsletter to find our more about how your information is protected.
It is important that your healthcare providers are able to access information about a patient’s allergies when they need it. In an emergency situation or if you or your child end up in hospital unexpectedly, it could be life saving for doctors to know about any serious allergies to medications, food, or substances you might be exposed to in hospital (e.g. latex) through My Health Record.
The National Allergy Strategy is working with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) to encourage more health professionals working in allergy to view and add patient information into My Health Record.
The following fact sheets explain how to get set up with My Health Record and how to add/update allergy information.
Access My Health Record using an app
You can securely view any health information in your record through the Healthi or HealthNow apps. You can also see information on your allergies or medicines, immunisations as well as your COVID-19 pathology results. You can also get confirmation of your COVID-19 vaccinations via these apps.
How to obtain your COVID-19 digital certificate to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination
You can get proof of your vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register from different government sources, including My Health Record.
The COVID-19 digital certificate shows only your COVID-19 vaccinations. You will be able to get your digital certificate after you have had all the required doses of a vaccine approved for use in Australia. Your vaccination provider needs to add all your doses to the Australian Immunisation Register before you can access your certificate.
How you access proof of your COVID-19 vaccination depends on your situation. This includes if you need to create a myGov account, link services or enrol in Medicare. Find the best way to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations for your situation here.
To get COVID-19 vaccination proof through My Health Record you need to link it to your myGov account. For steps on how to do this, see Getting set up with My Health Record: A guide for consumers. These steps may not work if you are using a smartphone to do this - it may be better to do this on a computer. For more information on where to find proof of COVID-19 vaccination in your record, visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website.
Webinar – How can My Health Record help me if I have allergies?
On 28 April 2021 the National Allergy Strategy in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency hosted a Webinar for allergy consumers. Listen to a panel of experts including Marwa Osman (Australian Digital Health Agency), Maria Said (CEO, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia), Dr William Smith (clinical immunology/allergy specialist) and Dr Aaron Chambers (community GP) respond to consumer questions about My Health Record. Click on a question below to be taken directly to the panel members' response.
Webinar – How can My Health Record help me if I have allergies? - full
What do I do if my doctor doesn’t want to use My Health Record or doesn’t know how to use My Health Record? How do I encourage them to do so?
What if the allergy information is there in my record, but it doesn’t look correct? What should I do?
Maria, can you tell us how you found accessing My Health Record as a consumer, and entering allergy information into it?
From a consumer perspective do we presume that if a doctor can access My Health Record that they have the allergy information that they need, or should we communicate our allergy information verbally with that health professional as well?
If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, will this show up in My Health Record?
How far back does My Health Record go?
Can all health professional access My Health Record?
[To the panelists] Do you have a conversation with your patients about My Health Record? Do you talk to them about it at all?
At what age do I stop having access to my child’s record?
I’m not sure how to add my allergy information. Is there a section for that?
If I see a private allergy specialist will they add information into My Health Record?
Find out what you can do to make sure your allergy information is available to your healthcare providers through My Health Record.
Content updated February 2022