Happy New Year for 2024 to everyone! I hope you had a chance to wind down, relax and enjoy this time of year in the way that works best for you.
With the New Year well underway now, there are additional new beginnings since our Board meeting on 12 December 2023. In December we farewelled Lyn Williams, Director Education Services, and in January welcomed Mary-Ellen Wetherspoon as the new Director. Mary-Ellen will be no less energetic in settling in and advancing our Education Services and offerings as she gains momentum.
Early in December our Education Committee Chair, Dr Kerin Robinson, resigned. After almost three years of
substantial personal contribution and commitment to developing and overseeing the substantial Work Plan of the
Education Committee and Sub-Committees, we express our sincere appreciation to Kerin. Cassie Rupnik will Chair the Education Committee in the interim as we move forward with our Case for Change discussions and its impact on our strategies and committees.
The Board welcomed Nicole Payne who joined as a casual Director until the 2024 AGM towards the end of the year. Nicole is a healthcare leader with more than 20 years’ experience in public and private health, specializing in health information management, hospital revenue management and management of patient information systems.
Jenn Lee and Adele Visser have enthusiastically commenced and embraced their roles as Co-Chairs for the Academic Program of our Conference Committee, with the welcomed handover assistance from Dr Joan Henderson, as they begin preparations for what will be an excellent networking and learning opportunity in the form of our Conference later this year.
Plan your calendar and budget for our lighthouse event later this year! Today we launch the call for paper and
abstract submissions for the 2024 Conference. We look forward to receiving your abstracts before 14 March 2024. Help evolve, innovate and empower health information management! We would love to hear your voice at the Conference.
During our last meeting of 2023, the Board was informed of the very positive feedback received following the IFHMA/
HIMAA Congress/Conference. We also noted those items which caused frustration or inconvenience. These have been shared with our new Committee to use as lessons learnt to mitigate recurrence. Our gratitude to all for your feedback following the Conference, which helps our continuous quality improvement in this space.
The first Board meeting for the year will be held on 13 February 2024. We anticipate that we will begin to review the feedback from the Case for Change consultation, together with discussions on our progress with the current Strategic Plan, which comes to an end in December this year. I am very proud of the individual and collective commitment of each of our Board Directors who are
busily reviewing and working with stakeholders for their particularly portfolios, especially over the last couple of
A refresh summary of the roles on the Board, following our 2023 AGM:
Office Bearers for 2024:
- President – Catherine Garvey
- Senior Vice President – James Katte
- Vice President – Kara Pollard
- Treasurer – Shane Sanfilippo
Liaison positions / Committee roles:
- Accreditation Council Board Liaison – James Katte
- Branch Convenors Committee – Catherine Garvey
- Conference Committee – Cassie Rupnik/ Catherine Garvey
- Editorial Board – Louise Edmonds
- Education Committee Board Liaison & Chair – Cassie Rupnik
- CDI Working Party – Cassie Rupnik
- Professional Development Sub-Committee – Kara Pollard
- Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee (FARM) – Shane Sanfilippo, James Katte, Louise Edmonds
- Membership Committee Board Liaison – Kara Pollard
- Research and Advisory Committee Board Liaison – Vicki Bennett
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to join in our Committees, Working Groups, Communities of Practice or other means of progressing our profession and keeping it relevant, upfront and centre in industry? If you are considering a contribution to your profession by way of being part of our committees, please reach out to the Board Liaison Officer associated with it, or our CEO Sallyanne, who will assist with your queries. If you have any inspirational resolutions which are worth sharing, please let us know and we will find a way to broadcast them.
In this edition of HIMAA Matters we showcase the Communities of Practice which are available for our members to join and network with colleagues in
relation to areas of mutual interest.
Looking forward to an energetic and stimulating 2024. Wishing each of you a successful business year in whichever of the many careers your profession has led you to.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” Warren Bennis