Health Information Management: Evolving, Innovating and Empowering
Abstracts and conference paper submissions are invited for the 2024 National Health Information Management
Conference, hosted by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA).
The theme of the Conference is ‘Health Information Management: evolving, innovating and empowering.’ The theme
recognises the continual evolution of the healthcare system within which health information management needs to
continually adapt, evolve and innovate.
The conference theme of ‘Health Information Management: evolving, innovating and empowering’ is an invitation to
everyone working in, supporting, or dependent on health information management, from all cross-sections of the
health and corporate communities, to showcase their innovative, inspiring practices, through which they contribute
to better healthcare outcomes.
This theme is inclusive of the professional practice of Clinical Coders, Clinical Documentation Specialists, Health
Information Managers, and others who contribute to health information management research, practices, and insights
within and for the healthcare system.
The versatility of health information management professional practice across the healthcare landscape is broad. It
includes health classification, data modelling and analysis, information governance, health informatics, innovative
health technology, management and executive operations, and acute and non-acute healthcare specialisations,
supported by education and research. Health information management professionals are strategically positioned to
harness and utilise health information as critical evidence to evaluate, research and progress clinical and
healthcare management practice to achieve better organisational service performance and value-based care for the
‘Evolving, innovating and empowering’ describes the Health Information Management profession’s agility, resilience
and leadership in successfully adapting to the dynamic healthcare ecosystem and the myriad of anticipated and
unanticipated healthcare issues they encounter. These include natural disasters, international conflict, global
climate change, pandemic events and population health surveillance and management, as well as local domestic
healthcare issues such as the prevalence of road accidents and injuries and vaping.
We warmly invite you to share your research, knowledge, and experiences whether it be in professional practice,
research, or projects, revealing how the disciplines of health information management, clinical coding, and clinical
documentation improvement are evolving, innovating, and empowering. Submissions are invited for presentations,
workshops, and posters.
- Clinical Documentation, Health Classification and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) – best
practice, program development and evaluation, quality measures, technology in such areas as Aged Care, Mental
Health, acute, non-acute, and non-admitted/community services
- Health Data Construction, Quality and Integrity, Standards, Modelling and Analytics – health
data standards, data quality, clinical data management, data analytics, business intelligence, applications of
- Health Information for Patient Safety and Quality of Care – patient outcomes, how health
information is used and managed in emergency/crisis contexts and the lessons learned from this experience.
- Health Information Governance and Digital Health Practices – information privacy, the
inception of new technologies and system operations, data governance, cybersecurity risks, the application of AI
in health information management/clinical coding
- Health Information Management for the Continuum of Care Extending Beyond a Single Episode of Care – health data ecosystem, internal/external stakeholder relationships, multi-disciplinary approaches.
- Health Information Management for Marginalised Groups of the Health Population – Indigenous
health and the deficit model transforming to a strengths-based approach. Aged care, how have we progressed since
the Royal Commission’s recommendations, updates in Mental Health, intergenerational connectivity in healthcare –
practice and perspectives, comparative systems.
- Innovation Transforming Health Information Management Practice – sharing new, exciting, and
innovative solutions, strategies, technologies and or ideas that have advanced the profession in terms of
business operations relating to health information.
- Leading Change in Health Information Management – research, education and training, horizon
scanning, creating future visions, leading into the future, leadership in health classification advancing
- Patient-Centred Care – remaining patient focussed, meeting patient needs, empowering patients
through health information.
- Population Health, Clinical Coding, and Health Information Management Contributions to Reporting,
Surveillance and Management – “…DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years), BoD (Burden of Disease), QALY (Quality Adjusted Life Years), HIM and
clinical coding interface with key government agencies AIHW, IHACPA, Commonwealth and state governments”.
- Workforce Innovation and Empowerment – professional pathways, competencies in action,
workforce management models, approaches to staff training, professional development, the shifting focus of
education and training practice
Conference Formats and Guidelines
- Research paper – submissions are welcome for both new research findings, and for smaller
scale, narrower questions that focus on a process and early effects of interventions relevant to the session
topics. Specific guidelines for research papers are:
- Papers are to be between 2,000 and 3,000 words (excluding title and references), prepared as a word document
following the template accessible HERE, with
the following structure:
- Title of the paper
- A structured abstract, including headings: Introduction, Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
- The body of the paper should be structured according to the headings presented in the abstract
(Introduction, Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion)
- Reference list
- Acknowledgements (if relevant). NB : If acknowledgements could identify the authors
or affiliations, please DO NOT place them here. Insert ‘to be advised’ under the
- Text should be double-spaced, and margins should be 2.5cm on all sides.
- Australian spelling should be used, conforming to the Macquarie Dictionary
- Referencing should employ the Harvard (Author, date) style. For further details see: https://citationsy.com/styles/la-trobe-university-harvard
- Papers should be submitted through the submission portal available HERE
- Nominate the most relevant session topic from the list above, and that the submission is
a research paper (see ‘General submission guidelines’ below for
- Do not list authors or affiliations on the paper. Author details should be provided via
the online submission portal only (this is to accommodate the double-blind peer-review process)
- Nominate the presenting author (in the submission portal – not on the paper itself), who should provide
contact details and a 50- word biography, to be included in the submission form. The number of presenters is
limited to one.
- Selected papers will be allocated 15 minutes presentation time with an additional 5 minutes to address
questions from delegates.
- Research abstract – 650-word submission: 10-minute presentation (+5 mins questions).
Abstracts should be structured and must include Title of the presentation; Introduction, including aims;
Methods; Results; Discussion; and Conclusion. The abstract should be prepared on the template accessible through
the submission portal (available HERE and submitted as shown below under ‘ General submission guidelines. ’ These abstracts are for
work that will be completed in time for presentation at the conference, but not for a full-length paper to be
prepared by the submission deadline.
- Professional practice abstract – 650-word submission: 10-minute presentation (+5 mins
questions). Abstracts should be structured and must include Title of the presentation; Introduction
(background/setting); Professional practice/case study description; Outcome/experience; Conclusion – what was
learned. The abstract should be prepared on the template accessible through the submission portal (available HERE) and submitted as shown below under ‘ General submission guidelines. ’
- Poster – 250-word abstract submission. Posters are invited for any relevant topic, informing
about: research being developed/in progress; process or practice improvements; education and training; other
issues relevant to health information managers or clinical coders. Abstracts should be structured and include
headings appropriate to the topic and formats for either a research or professional development abstract as set
out above. The abstract should be prepared on the template accessible through either the ‘Research poster abstract’ template (available HERE)
or the ‘Professional practice poster abstract’ template (available HERE) as appropriate to your topic, and submitted through the Conference Portal as instructed below under ‘ General submission guidelines. ’
- Workshop – 650-word abstract submission. Workshops will be of 90 minutes duration. Abstracts
should be structured and must include Title of the workshop; Target audience (HIMs Clinical Coders, SIG members,
etc); Learning objectives; Intended outcomes; Evaluation. Every effort will be made to accommodate your
preference, but the final time allocated will be determined based on the number of submissions and the Program
capacity. The abstract should be prepared on the template accessible through the submission portal (available HERE) and
submitted as shown below under ‘ General submission guidelines. ’
Students are encouraged to participate by submitting abstracts in categories 2-4 above, where they have topics appropriate to a category and to the Conference
theme. NB – you will be able to identify that your submission is for a student abstract at the
top of the abstract template.
Abstract review process
All papers and abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed. The review process will be undertaken by the HIMAA C
onference Academic Panel.
Research papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by two-three independent reviewers. The review
process will be coordinated by the HIMAA C onference Academic Panel. Papers will be assessed on originality;
rationale; relevance to the conference theme; clarity, description and suitability of the Methods, Results and
Research Abstracts will be assessed on originality; relevance to the conference theme; clarity,
description and suitability of the Methods, Results and Discussion.
Professional practice and student abstracts will be assessed on originality; relevance to the
conference theme; and clarity.
Poster abstracts will be assessed on relevance to the conference theme; originality of design;
Workshop abstracts will be assessed on relevance to the conference theme; originality; clarity;
and capacity of structure to meet the stated leaning objectives.
Authors will be notified of the outcome of their submissions via email no later than Thursday 18 April 2024. Revisions may be required, based on reviewers’ comments, and these will
be reassessed on resubmission. Final acceptance of the abstract is conditional on revisions being satisfactory to
the review panel.
Publication of papers and abstracts
Papers and abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings. During the submission process you will be
asked to provide your consent for the abstract to be published if selected. Conference Proceedings will be published
on the HIMAA website and indexed with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
General submission guidelines
All abstracts should be created in the formats as described above and submitted through the Conference portal.
NB: To enable a double-blind peer-review process, please DO NOT include any author names or affiliations in the abstract template . These details should ONLY be entered into the online portal when you are submitting your paper or abstract.
Number of submissions per author
Authors may submit more than one paper/abstract; however, the Conference Committee reserves the right to limit the
acceptance of papers/abstracts per author. Should this occur, the Conference Committee will consider the author’s
preference in this decision.
Papers and abstracts should be submitted through the 2024 HIMAA submission portal on the HIMAA website, available HERE
The submission portal will be open from Tuesday 30 January 2024 and closes on 14 March 2024.
|Call for submissions
|Tuesday 30 January 2024
|Papers/Abstracts due for submission
|Thursday 14 March 2024
|Notification of outcome
|Thursday 18 April 2024
Closing date for submission of abstracts is 5.00pm (AEST), Thursday 14 March 2024
Registration of presenters
Successful presenters are responsible for meeting all costs associated with attending the conference and the
presentation of their research paper, abstract, poster or workshop. A discounted rate on conference registration is
offered for presenters of research papers, professional practice abstracts, posters, and workshops. The exception is
successful student posters, whereby the student is not required to attend the conference.
PD points will be available for Certified Health Information Managers or Practitioners attending
or presenting. We look forward to welcoming you.
Phone: 1300 79 20 30