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Volume 7 | Issue 10 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Hello Members, 


This year’s HIMAA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the 26 October 2021 online. During the meeting I shared with members that the last 12 months had been another difficult year. Despite the challenges, HIMAA has stabilised operationally and has positioned the Association in a financially strong position. We were able to report a record profit last financial year of $365k, the highest ever. 


Although we received government assistance through JobKeeper payments, similar to many businesses across Australia, it was through sound financial management that we were able to post the record profit. We will look at deploying our additional financial reserves to support our modernising strategy and supporting members with enhanced services. 


We welcomed Jae Redden as our new CEO who has not wasted time in optimising our operations and started the journey in implementing our modernising strategy for the Association. 


Strategic Plan 2022 – 2024 

The HIMAA Strategic Plan for the next three years has the vision “to ensure health information management is seen as a valued and valuable health profession”. Our future strategy will leverage HIMAA’s reputation, capabilities and unity around a common purpose whilst positioning ourselves for growth. 


To do that we will: 

  • ensure the future sustainability of the Health Information Management profession and HIMAA 
  • assist the broader healthcare ecosystem to understand, leverage and optimise the value of health information 
  • develop partnerships that recognise future health information management needs and competencies 
  • embrace digital health and new technologies. 


The Board has compiled the Strategic Plan to take into account the current environment, opportunities and threats that we face as an Association and the HIM profession that we serve. The full strategy plan can be found here. 


Life Membership – Alex Toth 

HIMAA Life Membership is bestowed on members who have demonstrated significant contributions to the Association and the profession. The recipients are held in high regard by the Association, the membership and their colleagues. This year I was delighted to announce at the AGM that Alex Toth has been awarded HIMAA Life Membership. 


Alex has served a considerable period of time on the National Board, Queensland State Branch and National Committees, including chairing the Accreditation Council. 


Alex was a well-respected university lecturer at La Trobe and has contributed to the professional careers of a large number of HIMs. In both of her stints at La Trobe University, as a Tutor in 1990-1991 and Lecturer in 2002-2005, Alex was a dynamic and excellent communicator and educator. 


Alex has been an advocate of our profession, on a local, state and national level. She is an inspiring leader and a professional mentor with proven ability to develop, grow, train and support Health Information Management teams.  


National Conference 

The Conference was an overwhelming success after the team had to pivot from an in person to a virtual format within two months. The theme of this year’s Conference was Health Information Management: The intersection of health care and data science. Once again it was a fantastic four days of learning, networking, collaborating with old friends and making new connections. 


After listening to our presenters, and chatting with attendees and sponsors during the Conference, I felt very much energised and optimistic about the future of our profession and the industry. It is wonderful that we have a community that is passionate about the critically important work that we do and are eager to share their experiences for the benefit of the larger group. 


We look forward to being in person in Adelaide for the 2022 National Conference. A big thankyou to the committee that delivered the successful conference: Jae Redden, Joan Henderson, Carla Read, Brooke Macpherson, Dwayne Richards, Grant Duffill, Catherine Garvey, Kathleen Rogers and Lyn Williams.  


This is the last report for the year. I wish you and your family a well-earned break and that you take the time to refresh. See you in 2022. 




Cheens Lee 


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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

It was a big lead up to the 2021 HIMAA National Virtual Conference and it didn’t disappoint! Even some technical issues didn’t dampen the spirits for nearly 300 Conference participants. We hosted great speakers, papers, social events, and shared Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM’s story as our motivational speaker.

There was a lot to celebrate:

  • 2021 Best Paper was awarded to Implementation status of hospital EMRs: Findings from a survey of public hospitals in Victoria, Australia by Kay Bonello, Merilyn Riley, Debbie McBain, Jenn Lee, Natasha Prasad, Sharon Campbell, Emma Barker, Dr Kerin Robinson.
  • Voted by the attendees, 2021 Best Presentation went to Dr Felicity Sinclair-Ford on Junior Doctors and Clinical Documentation Improvement and James Katte on What’s new with you 0002: Additional diagnoses where to from here as joint winners.

If you missed this year’s Conference, you may view the papers presented through the Conference Proceedings. Where we have permission, we will be making the Conference video recordings available for viewing purchase through the upcoming HIMAA Online Store.

It’s probably best not to miss out though and I suggest you mark 26-28 October 2022 in your diary now to plan for your travel to Adelaide in 2022. The EOI for the 2022/2023 Conference Organising Committee is called in this issue. Please consider volunteering in the HIMAA’s flagship event and encourage EOIs from the hosting regions, South Australia and Queensland as well as those who have a strong national network. We plan to open the paper submission early in 2022 so while you take a well-earned break over the Christmas, you may want to give some thought towards topic/paper ideas. We are looking forward to an in-person Conference and I promise there will be a party to remember!

2021 HIMAA Annual General Meeting was also held during the Conference where we welcomed Kara Pollard to the Board and thanked Travis Ingram as our outgoing Board Director. We were excited to announce Alexandra Toth as our newest Life Member and thanked continuing Branch Convenors, Kim Osborne (Co-Convenor NSW), Heather Byrne (ACT), Hayley Niewerth (Co-Convenor TAS), Dwayne Richards (VIC) and Bas Alnassar (WA) while we welcomed new Convenors, Terry Seery (SA), Melissa Turnell (Co-Convenor NSW), Danica Jong (QLD) and Cindy Flanagan (Co-Convenor TAS). If you have not yet been in touch with your State HIMAA Branches, I encourage you to check what’s happening and see how you can be involved. Their contact details can be found here. The Branches generally hold an end of year networking event so please look out for this announcement on LinkedIn, Facebook or this page

I would like to again congratulate the 2021 HIMAA Award Winners in State and National categories for the Student of the Year and Practitioner of the Year. You can view the winner listing in the Member News section. I’m keen to raise the profiles of both HIM students and the profession and giving some thought to organising a Work Group. If you have an interest in this area or have ideas on what initiatives should be taken, please feel free to reach out to me.


I welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Clinical Coding Special Interest Group which has recently formed to serve HIMAA members and the HIM profession in the KSA. I welcome Hulaily Zuhair, Manal Nasser Al Khaliefah, Helalah Waked, Shadi Al Hassan, Fatimah Abu Ali, Racha Naim (Co-Convenor) and Abdelrhman Alsoat (Co-Convenor). They are working to set their 2022 agenda and I look forward to supporting them from the National Office as well as from the HIMAA membership base.

The Special Interest Group convenors are set to meet again on 7 December. I am aware that they have been reviewing the Terms of Reference and happy to support these re-invigorated groups in 2022.

I was pleased to be invited to the NSW HIM Leadership Group Meeting where Dreda and I shared the news on what’s happening, as well as inform the group of the work HIMAA is undertaking as a Registered Training Organisation to contribute to the profession. The HIMAA Education Services team, led by Lyn Williams, enrol around 450 students per year across all courses in Australia. Next year we are launching HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding with enrolments opening mid-January. It’s an exciting time as we launch an upgraded course in an upgraded LMS version! All enquiries can be directed to

Additionally, Education Services teach and assess students from the KSA with a healthy number of students going through each year and currently delivering a course for World Health Organisations to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa which will be completed by the end of 2022.

We have a schedule of webinars and podcasts planned for 2022 with no shortage of topic ideas! We want to cater to members’ interests and showcase their achievements, so I invite you to get in touch to put your hand up to be a presenter or to suggest what you’d be interested to hear about. Our last webinar for the year is with our very own HIMAA Board Director, Vicki Bennett from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, on 26 November 2021. The webinars will return from February 2022.

It has certainly been a very busy year as I mark my first-year anniversary with HIMAA. There’s so much excitement for the year ahead and a lot to do, so as always, I thank you, the members for your ongoing support and contribution. I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful and restful Festive Season with your family and friends. I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Jae Redden

Chief Executive Officer

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