While the child is in your care, it is important to keep an up-to-date record of their health information.
If the child is 14 years old or under, you will be provided with a Health Passport for them prior to their initial health and wellbeing check. The Health Passport is a small booklet specifically designed for children in care to allow all their health information to be stored in one location. The Health Passport can be easily inserted into the ACT Personal Health Record, also known as the Blue Book.
The Blue Book is provided to all children in the ACT to record their health information, including tracking of immunisations, height and weight. Often the Blue Book is not provided to CYPS or ACT Together, however if it is, it will be passed on to you to keep up-to-date for the child.
The Health Passport, and Blue Book if it has been provided to you, are to be used to document all health appointments and therapies for the child while they are in your care. At each appointment, ask the treating health professional to make a record of the visit in the child’s Health Passport and Blue Book. Alternatively, you can also record the information yourself in each book.
Children over 14 years old do not receive a Health Passport, however, it can be helpful to keep an informal record of their health matters. It is suggested you keep a record of any health appointments as part of your general record keeping, whether this is in a diary or on your phone, computer or email, or however you have chosen to record the child’s time in your care.
An online summary of the child’s health information, called My Health Record, may also be used. My Health Record is an initiative of the Australian Government and has been automatically created for every Australian citizen. My Health Record allows hospitals, doctors, specialists and pharmacists to upload health information (including immunisation records) specific to the child for easy reference.
For children in care under 14 years of age, where the Director-General holds parental responsibility, access to their My Health Record will be managed by CYPS in consultation with ACT Together on a case-by-case basis. You may be given access to the child’s My Health Record. For children over 14 years old, there will be an automatic parental access restriction of their My Health Record. This means the child will be required to manage their own My Health Record and can decide whether to allow access to their birth parents, carers or legal guardians.
Not all health information will be available through My Health Record and because of this the Health Passport will continue to be used in the ACT. Learn more about the My Health Record
If you have any questions about accessing the child’s My Health Record, talk with your case manager.
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