A briefing paper outlining some key issues and concerns of PLHIV, sex workers and people who use and inject drugs about My Health Record (MHR) by Positive Life and SWOP. 

IMAGE: a woman wearing a red coat and holding a red umbrella with the words 'If in doubt, opt out'

Positive Life and the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) have released a Briefing Paper to inform and educate people living with HIV (PLHIV), sex workers and people who use and inject drugs (PWID/PWUD) about the advantages and disadvantages of the electronic medical record system - My Health Record (MHR). The Paper has also been developed to inform government, non-government and the Australian Digital Health Agency about issues of concern for these populations.

In 2019, you will get a My Health Record unless you opt out. If you don’t want a My Health Record, complete the online process by 31 January 2019.

This paper asks who will benefit from a MHR, who will not benefit, and explores the relationship between privacy, trust, disclosure and criminalisation for sex workers, PLHIV, and PWID/PWUD. It poses recommendations and suggestions that individuals and government can take to mitigate risk and the undermining of public health initiatives.

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Key contributors include Positive Life NSW, SWOP, Health Consumers NSW, HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC), the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), the Australian Sex Workers Association (Scarlett Alliance), and the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).

 

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