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Hepatitis Australia has joined the call for a further 12-month extension for Australians to opt out of My Health Record.

In a statement released today, Hepatitis Australia said that given the final form of the My Health Record system will not receive parliamentary backing before the scheduled end of the opt out period on 15 November 2018, Hepatitis Australia fully supports moves to amend the legislation extending the opt out period by 12 months.

Australian hepatitis organisations are concerned that many people affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C may not know about the new electronic medical record system which will be created by the Australian Government for all Medicare Card holders unless they choose to opt out.

The Gastroenterological Society of Australia has published a September 2018 update of the hepatitis C virus infection consensus statement.

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A Senate committee has recommended changes to the My Health Record (MHR) system to enhance privacy, and called for an extension of the opt out period by another year.

My Health Record is an online database, operated by the Australian Government, designed to keep all your medical records in one place. A record will be created for every Australian resident with a Medicare Card, unless you say no.

The Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW is seeking people who have had or are currently living with hepatitis C to take part in a survey about the experience of living with hepatitis C.

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If you have been advised to go on a low salt or low sodium diet and are reluctant to forgo some salty favourites, tracking your daily sodium intake may be the way to go.

The South Australian Liver Health Project aims to increase awareness about hepatitis B and C in South Asian communities in South Australia.

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