PCEHR Governance

The Australian Government’s personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record system was launched on 1 July 2012. Anyone seeking healthcare in Australia can now register for a personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record.

The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (PCEHR Act) implements a range of mechanisms to provide transparency and scrutiny of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system’s operation, including reviewing decisions by the System Operator, annual reports by the System Operator, reports by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and reviews of the legislation.

Under the PCEHR Act the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing is designated as the System Operator.

The PCEHR Act established two advisory bodies, a Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and an Independent Advisory Council. The System Operator must, in performing functions and exercising powers, have regard to the advice and recommendations (if any) given by the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and the Independent Advisory Council.

PCEHR Jurisdictional Advisory Committee

The PCEHR Act established the PCEHR Jurisdictional Advisory Committee (PCEHR JAC) to advise the System Operator on matters relating to the interests of the Commonwealth, States and Territories in the PCEHR system. The PCEHR JAC meets at least four times per year, or more frequently as agreed between the System Operator and the Chair.

Terms of Reference

The PCEHR JAC will:
Membership

The PCEHR JAC comprises of nine members, a member to represent the Commonwealth and a member to represent each State and Territory.

Members of the PCEHR Jurisdictional Advisory Committee are:

New South Wales
Mr Mike Rillstone
Chair*
Western Australia Dr Dorothy Jones Deputy Chair*
South Australia Mr Roger Milton Member
Queensland Mr Ray Brown Member
Australian Capital Territory Mr Stephen Goggs Member
Tasmania Ms Nicole Lewis Member
Victoria Professor Chris Brook Member
Northern Territory Dr Dinesh Arya Member
Commonwealth Ms Rosemary Huxtable Member
* The PCEHR Jurisdictional Advisory Committee is chaired by State and Territory members rotating on an annual basis.

PCEHR Independent Advisory Council

The PCEHR Act also established the PCEHR Independent Advisory Council (PCEHR IAC) to advise on the operation and participation in the PCEHR system, clinical, privacy and security matters relating to PCEHR system operations. The PCEHR IAC meets at least four times per year.

Terms of Reference

The PCEHR IAC will consider and advise the System Operator on matters relating to the implementation and operation of the PCEHR system.

The PCEHR IAC will advise on:
Membership

The PCEHR IAC consists of the Chair; the Deputy Chair; and 10 other members.

The members, between them, have experience or knowledge of the following matters:
Three of the members have significant experience in or knowledge of consumers’ receipt of healthcare and are not healthcare providers.

Members of the PCEHR Independent Advisory Council are:

Number
Name
Position
Primary Legislated Position
1 Dr Joanna Flynn IAC Chair The provision of services as a medical practitioner within the meaning of the National Law
2 Ms Mary Potter Deputy Chair Significant experience in or knowledge of consumers’ receipt of healthcare
3 Mr Jim Birch Member Administration of healthcare; and Health informatics and/or information technology services relating to healthcare
4 Ms Marg Brown Member Healthcare for people living or working in regional areas; and significant experience in or knowledge of consumers’ receipt of healthcare
5 Dr Christine Walker Member Significant experience in or knowledge of consumers’ receipt of healthcare
6 Mr Alan Kirkland Member Law and/or privacy
7 Dr Mike Civil Member The provision of services as a medical practitioner within the meaning of the National Law
8 Ms Toni Riley Member The provision of services as a healthcare provider other than a medical practitioner
9 Ms Julianne Badenoch Member The provision of services as a healthcare provider other than a medical practitioner
10 Dr Mark Wenitong Member Healthcare for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; the provision of services as a medical practitioner within the meaning of the National Law and healthcare for people living or working in regional areas
11 Dr Chris Moy Member The provision of services as a medical practitioner within the meaning of the National Law
12 Ms Suzanne Campbell Member Health informatics and/or information technology services relating to healthcare


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