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The monthly digital newsletter of the Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited
Volume 8 | Issue 05 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Hello Members,

Earlier this month I participated in my work’s indigenous immersion experience which involved spending a week with two different Indigenous families in Central Australia. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with our First Peoples in remote and regional Australia and to learn about their cultures, and their societal and health challenges.

We were able to visit a number of health services that provide care to our First Peoples. A common theme from the health services was a focus on cultural sensitivity and delivering care within communities, rather than requesting patients to travel vast distances to regional or urban hubs to receive healthcare. This has improved compliance and patient outcomes, but there’s still a long way to go with Indigenous patients.

It was impressed on me by one of the families that a stable family unit provides a strong foundation for individuals to have healthy and fulfilling lives, as well as allowing them the opportunity to embark in what mainstream Australians would consider successful professions. Of course, success does not mean aligning to what mainstream Australians consider success. I also observed from another family the richness and connectedness of an extended family.

We met a young Indigenous woman who took us on a tour of Uluru and shared stories of this sacred site which have been passed down through generations. It was an exceptional experience seeing this world icon that I learnt about when I was a child and hearing the meaning of Uluru from our First Peoples.

Health information management plays an important role in supporting indigenous healthcare. I know a number of our members have worked in remote communities and encourage you, if you have the opportunity to experience life in remote Australia. The people and landscape are uniquely Australian.

Dwayne Richards

Dwayne took on the Victorian Branch convenor role when the branch was in a period of hiatus. Unfortunately Dwayne has resigned due to new work commitments and I would like to thank him for his efforts in invigorating the Victorian Branch during his tenure as convenor. Even during the COVID lockdown periods, online events ensured that Victorian members stayed connected. Wishing Dwayne the best in his future endeavours.

Onwards and upwards!

Cheens Lee



Table of Contents
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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

I’m so excited that the registration for the 2022 HIMAA National Conference is now open! The anticipated program is full, we will be making the draft program available soon with a number of distinguished speakers already confirmed including The Honourable Christopher Picton, Mark Brommeyer, Melissa Bond, Kate Quirke and Sabine Bennett. Please visit our conference page for update on speakers and events.

The Early Bird registration closes on 4 August 2022. We have a special conference registration offer for new members of up to further 12% discount. If you are a lapsed member or someone who has been considering Membership for a while, this is the time to join! There are a variety of sponsorship/exhibition options as well so please feel free to check our prospectus (available at request from the conference page).



Incidentally, we are sending out renewal membership notices in June. This is not the time to hesitate about renewing your membership! We are in the process of improving our operational efficiency with the implementation of new membership software which will bring several benefits:

  • Access to an internal member directory
  • Ability to track your CPD points online
  • Use of an online forum to communicate with your chosen/nominated groups.

We are also proud to announce the launch of HIMAA Community of Practice (CoP) groups. Previously referred to as Special Interest Groups, these groups have been re-invigorated with an updated Terms of Reference (ToR) and governance structure. They are designed to bring members together to share and advocate for their common interest.

A meeting is convened quarterly, or as needed, where the Convenors of the CoPs can discuss updates and collaborate. There will be an opportunity for members to meet during the Conference, we encourage any members who are interested to join these groups.

The new ToR provide a scope for non-members to join the CoP discussions if the CoP members agree that this is appropriate. For more information please direct your enquiry to and we will direct your enquiry to the appropriate CoP Convenor.

We are seeking a Convenor for the Clinical Documentation Improvement and the National Private Hospital CoPs. I will formally release an EOI, but in the meantime please feel free to register your interest or direct your enquiries to me.

Prior to the Conference we will be holding HIM Week from

22-26 August 2022. We are working on several activities for that week including:

  • 3 FREE webinars for members
    1. A panel with recent and not-so-recent graduates sharing their post-graduation journey, hosted by Kara Pollard
    2. Information on courses from HIMAA Education Services, and HIMAA membership benefits
    3. Leading health workplace people and practice with a focus on resilience/self-care
  • A letter will be sent from the national office to the district health offices to support the HIM Week. If you have a contact for this letter, please forward to me
  • Support #himweek2022 on LinkedIn and Facebook – there will be a prize for the most “liked” post at the end of the week
  • A student poster for Keeping Health Information Human which will be judged at the Conference.

We will update further information when confirmed. Please register your interest in receiving a HIM Week promotional package for display to

Please note we have an EOI opportunity with the Education Committee which seeking members to join the new Clinical Documentation Integrity (Competency Standards) Working Group (CDIWG). The deadline is extended to 4 July 2022. This will be an integral work to contribute to the standards for the CDI.

Please note that the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) published its Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2023–24 on 8 June 2022 and  is seeking a consultation from interested members.

This consultation is a key mechanism for providing input on the approach adopted by IHPA to determine the national efficient price and national efficient cost, which play a crucial role in calculating the Commonwealth funding contribution to Australian public hospitals for the 2023–24 financial year.

The public consultation is open for comment for 30 days, until 8 July 2022. Specifically, IHPA is seeking feedback from health professionals on items including:

  • accounting for the impact of COVID-19 on hospital service delivery and costs
  • the continued investigation of innovative funding models of care and services that support payment for patient outcomes over the volume of services, with a particular focus on virtual care
  • the investigation of national pricing model refinements and adjustments, such as classifying unqualified newborns, price harmonisation, pricing private patients in public hospitals, and patient transport in rural areas
  • pricing and funding approaches for safety and quality, including progressing avoidable and preventable hospitalisations, and the evaluation of reforms.

I remain keen to work with you in leading HIMAA to serve the health information management profession. Please feel free to reach out to me to chat.

Jae Redden

Chief Executive Officer

Education News

HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding

Enrolments are now open for the July intake of the HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding. Enrolments have started flooding in and will close on 25 July. If you are interested please visit our website at The  qualification consists of 8 core units of competency listed below. HLTCCD001 Apply an understanding of the health care system to clinical coding practice HLTCCD002 Interpret and navigate health care records HLTCCD003 Use medical

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Student Profile

Our student of the month for June is Hazel Patani from Caversham in Western Australia. Hazel scored 99% in medical terminology and 94% in clinical coding and is due to complete the 22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification very soon. We asked Hazel the following questions.   What led you to enrol in our entry level course? I am a registered nurse by profession, and I wanted to try a

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Education Committee Update

The Education Committee is HIMAA’s authoritative body on all educational standards, including to guide professional development. Its work is shared amongst the Education Committee, its sub-committee and working groups. The members of all of these committees are keen to keep you, the membership, informed as work progresses. We also welcome your involvement. This month, we are focusing on the: (a) Health Information Manager (HIM) Professional Competency Standards; and (b) the

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What's on

Stay up to date with the upcoming events and activities across the board at HIMAA

HIMAAQ Breakfast Catch up

WHAT: Mid-Year Breakfast Catch Up
WHEN: 22/07/2022 | 7:00 AM 9:00 AM

Mid-year catchup over breakfast at The Glen Hotel. Sponsored by Beamtree – see a demo of RISQ and PICQ and how it could help your service.


WHERE: The Glen Hotel: The Marquee
Cnr Logan Rd & Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113


National Health Information Management Week

HIM Week is announced for 22-26 August 2022! There will be free webinars for members and giveaways. More details soon closer to the date.    If you want to do a display at your workplace and wish to receive a poster, flyers and merchandise from HIMAA, please register your interest to   Take this opportunity to showcase your profession.   Click on the poster thumbnail to download a high res version of the poster.

Member News

Latest news and updates submitted by members. Any member updates, please submit to

Editorial Board

Latest from HIMJ

Since last month’s HIMAA Matters, HIMJ has published five On-line First articles.   Research article Impact of the ICD-11 on the accuracy of clinical coding in Korea. Hyunkyung Lee, Sukil Kim. May 25, 2022 | OnlineFirst   This study investigated ways to increase the accuracy of coding for diagnostic terms in Korea, for a stable transition from the Korean modification of ICD-10 (7th Revision, KCD-7) to ICD-11.     Research article Recording our genes: Stakeholder vies on genetic test results in networked electronic medical records. Megan Prictor, Maria Rychkova. May 25, 2022 | OnlineFirst   This article examines the needs, privacy expectations and concerns of patients, family members, patient advocates and clinicians in relation to the use of networked EMRs for clinical genetic information.     Research article Comprehensiveness, accuracy, quality, credibility and readability of online information about knee osteoarthritis. Anthony J Goff, Christian J Barton, Mark Merolli, Andre Shi Zhang Quah, Caleb Ki-Cheong Ho, Danilo De Oliveira Silva. May 25, 2022 | OnlineFirst   The authors undertook a systematic appraisal of website content Comprehensiveness, accuracy, quality, credibility and readability of online information at 35 websites offering information about osteoarthritis of the knee.     Research article Use of linked patient data to assess the effect of Long-COVID on system-wide healthcare utilisation. Ben J Murch, Sarah E Hollier, Charlie Kenward, Richard M Wood. May 25, 2022 | OnlineFirst   This study involved linked data from primary care, secondary care, mental health and community services. Activity volumes were compared across the

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HIM-Interchange Update

The publication of Issue 1 of the HIM-Interchange for 2022 marks one year since the launch of the journal on the new online platform. Access to the many and varied articles in the journal about what’s happening in health information management has never been easier. This latest issue includes an article on the Australian National Subacute and Non-Acute Patient Classification Version 5.0, which has recently been released by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. As well as being a useful update on the changes in the latest version, it provides an interesting overview of the process of developing and refining health service classifications. An update from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Revision, is also included, which details the recommendations for the potential implementation of ICD-11 in Australia. There are also three professional placement profiles from students in Queensland. While each student completed their own unique projects, there was a common link between them. The students report on the valuable work they undertook in relation to health record management policies as part of the state’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as well as some insights and reflections on the experience of completing a professional placement. In a fond farewell to Jennie Shepheard, inaugural Editor and long-standing member of the HIM-Interchange Subcommittee, we learn about how the journal evolved, some of the highlights from over the years, and some words of encouragement for people

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