Digital health

Digital health resources have been developed and curated to assist Fellows and trainees to better understand digital health initiatives, including My Health Record, and provide opportunities for further learning and professional development.

Development of these resources has been in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, who are responsible for the delivery of Australia's National Digital Health Strategy. The Strategy's key pillars include driving innovation, education and workforce development, enhanced models of care, interoperability and data quality, medicines safety, My Health Record and secure messaging. 

Secure messaging

The need for healthcare providers to connect to each other safely and securely is greater than ever. Secure messaging is an efficient and timely method for sending and receiving clinical information, which minimises the burden of paper and manual processes. An increased uptake of secure messaging improves continuity of care for patients, saves time and can help protect vital health information.

For more information, visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website

Electronic Prescribing 

Electronic prescribing provides a secure, fast, and efficient supply of medicines to Australians – in person via their doctor or telehealth consultation – sent directly to the patient’s mobile phone or email.

Electronic prescriptions are not mandatory and patients will have a choice to receive either an electronic or a paper prescription (but not both).

Visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website for more information on electronic prescriptions.

My Health Record

Best practice guide

The RACP My Health Record: Best Practice Guide (PDF) helps physicians in private practice and rural and remote settings implement and use the My Health Record system. The guide outlines:

  • registration and connection guidance
  • policy and procedures, including current regulatory obligations and requirements
  • systems security and access requirements, including a password policy
  • staff training guidelines, including staff agreement procedures and access templates

Visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website for more information on My Health Record.


System Security and Access Policy Template (DOC)
Managing User Accounts Policy and Register (DOC)
Data Breach Incident Register and Log Template (DOC)
Data Breach Notification Form Template (DOC)
Staff Training Register (DOC)

Part one | The prerequisites for registration
Part two | Registering and connecting
Training and Education

If your healthcare provider team or practice would like to request a tailored education or training session, contact

Other resources

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