Using the HPOS Messages

A guide to help health professionals use Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) Messages.

HPOS Messages is a way to send and receive secure notifications. It’s not an email account.

Use HPOS Messages to:

  • securely communicate with our program areas
  • receive statements and notifications about programs you’re enrolled in, and
  • manage notifications

You can send and receive direct communication through HPOS Messages for:

  • AIR
  • DVA
  • eBusiness helpdesk
  • Healthcare Identifiers Service
  • Medicare
  • Midwife Professional Indemnity Scheme
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Practice Incentive Program (PIP)
  • Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
  • Telehealth
  • Track and Scale, 19AB exemption

Program statements, correspondence and subscriptions

The following statements and correspondence can be delivered using HPOS Messages:

  • Medicare statements
    • 90 day pay doctor cheque scheme EFT payments
    • Medicare bulk bill statements
  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) statement of payment
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
    • statement of payment, payment advice, tax invoice
  • Rural Incentive Program
    • statements and notification, payment advice, payment summary
  • Midwives Professional Indemnity (MPIS)
    • Notifications, payment statement and request for information
  • Practice Incentive Program (PIP) online
    • Incentives News Update, payment advice, confirmation statement
  • Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) online
    • payment advice
  • Track and scale notification
    • 19AB exemption reminder notification, scaling completion letter
  • DVA Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program
    • Patient Treatment Reports (PTR) individual and summary
    • DVA Webclaim statements

You must subscribe to receive program statements and correspondence.

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select Statements and Subscriptions

There are two types of subscriptions in HPOS:

1. Standard

  • select Start subscription to receive a statement electronically
  • any changes you make to your subscriptions apply from the next working day
  • once a subscription has started it can’t be cancelled for 13 weeks. To unsubscribe, select End subscription

2. Automatic

  • you may be automatically subscribed to receive some statements depending on your program enrolment and provider type
  • the details of your automatic subscriptions shown on this screen are for view only
  • you can't control access to these subscriptions or unsubscribe

Practices enrolled in PIP and PNIP must subscribe to statements and correspondence through PIP or PNIP online applications in HPOS.

Accessing your mailbox

View mail from our program areas.

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select My mailbox

Accessing practice mailbox

Only PIP and PNIP services are available using the practice mailbox. It lets practice staff send and receive messages about these programs on behalf of the practice.

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select Practice mailbox

Composing mail

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select My mailbox
  • Select Compose new mail
  • select the recipient from the drop down list
  • enter a subject in the subject field. We recommend standard wording for certain mail. For example, when you provide an updated list of authorised employees to access the HI service, use "Authorised Employee file HPI-O 8003 62_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _", including the HPI-O number in the blank spaces
  • enter a message in the text field. The maximum length of your message can only be 4800 characters (including spaces)
  • to attach a file to your mail:
    • select Browse
    • search for and select the file on your computer or network
    • select Open
    • select Add File to attach the selected file to the email,
      to remove the file, select Remove
  • when your mail is complete, select Send
  • if you choose not to send the mail, select Cancel. The text you entered won’t be saved

Form upload

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select My mailbox or Practice mailbox
  • Select Form upload

Read more about Form upload

Managing notifications

Notifications sent to your personal email address alert you to mail in HPOS Messages. To receive notifications you must provide an email address and set the frequency of notifications.

You can choose to have notifications delivered:

  • immediately, as new mail arrives in HPOS
  • daily, or
  • weekly

Setting up notifications

When you first log on to HPOS you’ll be asked to set up notifications. You can also set up or change your notifications at a later date.

You can’t adjust notifications for providers while acting as a delegate. Providers must set up their own notification preferences. If you log on with a PKI site certificate, you can’t change notifications for yourself.

Changing notification settings

  • select Messages from the main menu
  • select My mailbox
  • select Settings, adjust preferences
  • select Save

Page last updated: 5 December 2016

This information was printed Friday 24 March 2017 from humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/enablers/using-hpos-messages It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at humanservices.gov.au/siteinformation when using this material.