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 MHR unless you opt out. If you don’t want a MHR, 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.


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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