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In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

Today, 08:59 AM

if that wasn't enough, here's an extract from the privacy policy


Changes to this privacy policy 

We reserve the right to revise this privacy policy or any part of it from time to time. Please review this Policy periodically for changes. Any revised policy will be placed on our website. Your continued use of our website, the My Health Record system, requesting our assistance, or the provision of further personal information to us after this privacy policy has been revised, constitutes your acceptance of the revised privacy policy



In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

Yesterday, 09:29 PM

well, here's my handout for patients :


My Health Record – please read this information



In medicine we are obliged to gain "informed consent" for any intervention, most definitely if there is potential for an adverse outcome, yet the government demonstrates that "uniformed lack of dissent" is enough to let them do what they want. I strongly recommend that all Australians without complex and life-threatening medical issues take time to consider the potential consequences of not opting out of the "My Health Record" while they can. You can always reconsider at leisure, but with regards to being conscripted, should you later decide against continued inclusion - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."

The government shows a complete absence of conscience in not being completely open about a significant change in arrangements which has potential to affect all Australians and informing them individually as a matter of course, rather than imposing an unfair arrangement on their behalf without requiring explicit agreement.



My recommendation is that you check the following information and then make an informed choice. If the government doesn't want to tell you about their pending arrangements, I feel it's my duty as your doctor to bring this matter to your attention so that you are able to have the opportunity to defer your participation until the system is tested in the real world. No ethics committee would allow me to undertake a potentially dangerous trial without your voluntary agreement, and only then if you had no other acceptable options.


For some patients this system should hopefully be a useful tool for assisting in their care, but for most people it has much more risk than benefit. It's your record, sure. So it makes sense that it's your choice whether you need to enable it at this point in your life, or whether you accept its limitations at a later date where it justifies the risk. Hopefully by then my paranoia will be proven baseless, but perhaps you'll be pleased that you delayed being given an unproven treatment.



the case for opting in :



the case for opting out :



further reading worth consideration :



the current privacy policies of My Health Record (a long read, not for the faint of heart) :





If you decide to have a record created, you need do nothing and it will happen automatically.


If you personally request the pending automatic enrolment to be put on hold, you are free to opt in at any later time. If the government had continued to enrol people at their own request, this action would not be required, and I would not have needed to encourage your active dissent to allow you the same freedom of choice. A choice you will lose on 15 October this year if you let it lapse.


To opt out : https://www.myhealth...y-health-record

In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

Yesterday, 02:55 PM

Apparently since I live in North Queensland I needed to opt out in 2016 and I already have one.


I'm not impressed.


yes, funny about that


now they're using the same protocol that they did in that "trial" to conscript the rest of the country



lack of dissent is not informed consent, but that's okay, they're liberals, so they're liberal with your "co-operation"

In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

18 July 2018 - 10:50 PM

this will be like the australia card, only more bodily fluids

In Topic: The one that got away

18 July 2018 - 10:37 PM


a few decades on might have been a different story, but losing a soul mate on the ascendant is not something i would wish on anyone else  :(



I'm really sorry to hear that.  What you're describing is rare enough but to have it all taken away... Is the old adage true about it's better to have love and lost?  Or is that basically bullshit?




that's impossible to answer with any certainty


i expect that perhaps time dulls the sparkle of all things, but then i have had elderly couples as patients where it is quite obvious they are still very much in love, in a sedate but sincere way, after well over half a century together



there's the magic of having been there, and the indelible memory of shared experience which is so precious to have, and then there's the shittiness of persistently remembering how much you don't have it any more, even though i am constantly sharing the events of the rest of my life with her memory as if she is still there, because i am well aware of what her response would have been to nearly all of them, and it somehow feels that realisation keeps her alive, in my thoughts

it's a bitter-sweet joy to love a memory


i still recall quite clearly my best effort to describe the feeling when she died, which was "like the earth opened up and swallowed half of me"



i quite truly believe that all people are like a ripple in the universe, and sometimes that disturbance is so in synch that it creates resonance that persists like a standing wave, for a very long time, possibly longer than our personal existence


there is one other person with whom i share such a certain telepathic ability that it would be dismissed as delusional by formal assessment... and interestingly the common ingredient is a degree of love that transcends being together... she's not so much one that got away, but more one that never got together



and the luck of hitting that sweet spot twice in a lifetime is already beyond the good fortune many people seem to hit in a life time