My Health Record
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information.
Your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.
What do I have to do?
You don’t have to do anything. A secure My Health Record will be created for you by the end of 2018 if you have a Medicare or Department Veterans’ Affairs card.
However, if you don’t want a My Health Record, let Australian Digital Health Agency know by visiting there website, wwwmyhealthrecord.gov.au or by calling 1800 723 471.
Are your vaccinations up to date?
Vaccinations to think about:
- Meningococcal ACYW
- Meningococcal B
- Whooping Cough
- Childhood immunisations
- Hepatitis A
With the recent news of unrelated incidences of meningococcal, it might be a good time to think about child and adult vaccinations and what is available as part of both prescription and FREE under the government health scheme.
Meningococcal ACYW is free for anyone between the ages of 6 weeks – 21 years old.
Meningococcal B is available on prescription only from your GP and purchased at most Pharmacy outlets.
All children between 6 months and 5 years, and people aged over 65 should have an annual flu vaccination.
Over the age of 65, a series of pneumonia vaccinations (2 vaccinations) spaced 5 years apart is recommended.
Adults between the ages of 70 and 79 years old, should make an appointment to discuss the Zostavax vaccination which is now available to protect against shingles.
Whooping cough (Pertussis) is also available to all pregnant mothers, preferably between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. Any person who will come in to contact with a new born should also have the whooping cough vaccination.
Childhood immunisations follow the Immunisation Program – Tasmania. If your child’s immunisations are not up to date, your child care benefits / family assistance may be affected. Please contact the immunisation register on 1800 653 809 if you are not about the currency of vaccinations.
Childhood immunisations are scheduled for the following ages: birth, 2, 4 and 6 months old, 1 year, 18 months and 4 years old. Vaccinations are also given in Year 7 (by the school) and can also be given here in the clinic if you missed out at school. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island decent or those with predisposing chronic health conditions require additional flu and pneumonia vaccinations which are also available in the clinic.
The childhood immunisation schedule can be found online at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au or you can call 1800 671 738
All catch up vaccinations are free for all Australians under the age of 20 years old.
If you have any queries regarding your or your child’s vaccination, please feel free to discuss with our practice nurse.