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Volume 8 | Issue 06 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

Picture of Cheens Lee
Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Hello Members,

It got me! Earlier this month, I caught COVID-19 because I had become complacent in wearing a mask in an enclosed area. I now know what all the fuss is about with the congestion and lethargy symptoms still persisting as I enter week four. I’m also hearing many people around me catching COVID-19 or the flu. It’s a reminder for us to be vigilant and to look after our wellbeing. I know hearing from our hospital colleagues it’s a particular challenging time having to juggle the increased workload, sick leave and limited resources during this winter. Hang in there!

The Board meet on Tuesday and workforce shortage in experienced HIMs and CCs was once again a point of discussion. We all know the difficulty in sourcing experienced HIMs and CCs. HIMAA recognises that more needs to be done and feel a burning platform is nearing for us to become a partner of industry, government and educators to solve the problem. There’s no silver bullet, we have made a strategic decision to increase our investment in advocacy that aligns with our Strategic Plan for 2022-2024.

I’m also delighted to see the line-up of speakers for our National Conference in Adelaide. We have secured The Honourable Christopher Picton MP – SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing to open the conference. To my memory I can’t remember the last time we had a health minister open our conference. This is part of our advocacy efforts to uplift HIMAA. Make sure you register. I’m hearing a lot of excitement amongst members wanting to see each other face to face again.

From left: Anna Carter, Shane Sanfilippo, Cheens Lee, Lisa Tunney, Natasha Prasad, Dwayne Richards

It was great to be able to catch-up with some of the Victorian Branch members last night and to wish Dwayne Richards well in his new role. Jennifer Holland has stepped in as interim convenor.

Onwards and upwards!

Cheens Lee



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Picture of From the CEO's desk
From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

Picture of From the CEO's desk

From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

We received overwhelming support for the HIM Week preparation with close to 100 packs requested and over 20 support letters to be sent from HIMAA. We will send additional copies of the support letter where we can from our membership database. The packs will be sent from next week. These are designed to be items for display purposes.  Don’t forget to post your activity and tag #himweek2022 on Facebook and LinkedIn. There will be 2 Gold Class movie tickets to give away to the most liked post.

HIM Week 2022

These 3 webinars are free to members while webinars 17 and 18 are free to non-members. Please forward the registration link to all to attend the free webinars.

  • Webinar 17: Information on courses from the HIMAA Education Services 22 August 5-6pm AEST
  • Webinar 18: New HIM Graduates – where do they go? 24 August 1-2pm AEST
  • Webinar 19: The Healthy and Resilient Workplace and Team 26 August 1-2pm AEST

Webinar 19 is presented by Breakthrough Corporate Training covering:

  • Part 1. The Healthy and Cohesive Workplace and Team
  • Part 2. Becoming More Resilient
  • Part 3. Instilling a Healthy and Resilient Self-Care Plan
  • You can meet the presenter, Scott Epp, for further information

Download your HIM Week email signature banner, check out the student poster competition for the theme Keeping Health Information Human, and to register for the webinars on the HIM Week page.

As a part of the National HIMAA webinar program I am pleased to present The Parkville Precinct Digital Health Journey webinar with Laura Pumo, Sofie Karamzalis and Matthew Thatcher. The Parkville Precinct Health Services completed both their Inpatient and Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) assessments – an 8-stage model aimed to measure clinical outcomes, patient engagement and clinician use of EMR technology. All four hospitals received a Stage 6 validation for both their inpatient and outpatient EMRAM, with RCH also receiving a Stage 7 for its outpatient EMRAM. If you are working on, planning or considering a transformation of your hospital’s healthcare records, you want to hear this case study. Register for this webinar to be held on Friday 5 August 2022 12pm–1pm AEST.

We would like to bring you training via webinar on ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS 12th Edition. We are calling for your feedback on what you would like training on. Read further under the Education section. Please send your response by 15 August 2022 to

The Draft 2022 HIMAA National Conference Program is now available. This is a dynamic program and will be updated as more information becomes available. Join our confirmed speakers, The Hon Christopher Picton, Sabine Bennett, Melissa Bond, Mark Brommeyer, Dr Karen Luxford, Kate Quirke and Professor Trish Williams, and your esteemed colleagues, at an event not to be missed. Opt-In Pre Conference events will include a visit to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Take advantage of our Early Bird registration offer and register by Thursday 4 August 2022.

We are also pleased to announce our Platinum sponsors, 3M and Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, as well as our Gold Sponsor, Alcidion. Thanks also to the confirmed exhibitors:

  • 3M
  • Alcidion
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Global Health Limited
  • Grace Records Management
  • Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
  • iMedX Australia
  • InfoMedix
  • Uplift Group Australia

You can request a copy of our Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus here.

The HIMAA membership renewal notice has been sent. Please continue to support your professional Association and enjoy member discounts and offers. There is a special new member offer with the Conference registration available – feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

We are progressing with the implementation of our new membership software, with its promised features, for September launch. I will keep you updated and provide you with more detailed information closer to its launch.

I am excited to call for an EOI for HIMAA Student Community of Practice (SCOP). This is a national group to incorporate students and recent graduates from HIM degrees and HIMAA Clinical Coding courses to play an active role with HIMAA. SCOP will work with me in representing and advocating for students’ interests in initiatives and committees where suitable. It will be an opportunity for the students to get exposure to senior HIMs and to the industry. Please seek out the EOI in this issue for further details.

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

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Student Profile

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Member News

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