From: DVA Mailing List
Sent: Wed 19/10/2011 1:28 PM


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today visited a Queensland doctor’s clinic to see a new program which will make Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records more available to veterans and their GPs in the Brisbane South and Ipswich area.

Tarragindi Medical Centre on Brisbane’s Southside is taking part in an eHealth project led by the Brisbane South Division of General Practice as part of the local division eHealth site.

The project is part of the Government’s $467 million investment in the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system to connect health providers and their patients in a shared electronic health community.

“Electronic health records have the potential to save lives, time and money and make the health system more efficient, ensuring doctors and patients have access to the most relevant and up-to-date medical information,” Mr Snowdon said.

The project in the Brisbane South and Ipswich area will develop personally controlled electronic health care records for key groups, particularly members of the veteran community, to share with their providers.

Veterans who choose to register for an eHealth record will no longer have to remember and repeat their medical history every time they see a health care provider.

Key information will be recorded electronically and be available to the veteran and the health care provider they choose to share it with.

At least 100 general practices and up to 25,000 individuals in the South Brisbane and Ipswich regions are expected to be enrolled through the Brisbane South Division eHealth site.

“I encourage veterans, war widows and their GPs to participate in this project, it is a fact that a large portion of our veteran community are elderly with complex and chronic conditions and these are the very people that will benefit most from the new program,” he said.

CEO of Brisbane South Division of General Practice, Ms Vicki Poxon, said that the Division was leading implementation of the national PCEHR program.

“Our project is an early roll out site for the PCEHR program and the electronic health record developed will help avoid unnecessary duplication and time delays, such as where a veteran has already had tests, as the results will be available and the tests won’t need to be repeated.”

Mr Snowdon said that along with the PCEHR program, the Government was building national infrastructure to allow secure access to health information where and when it is needed. It will also give Australians more control over their information across the health system and create opportunities for more holistic care.

All Australians will have the option to register for a personal record from 1 July 2012.

“The PCEHR program will deliver great benefits for veterans around the nation and I will work with Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, to maximise opportunities for veterans to participate,” Mr Snowdon said.

Media inquiries:
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 or 02 6277 7820
Brisbane South Division: Krissy Campbell 07 3274 1886
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203