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Volume 8 | Issue 07 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

Hello Members,

I loved seeing the photos of members celebrating this year’s HIM Week, which aligned with our theme of “Keeping Health Information Human”. It is the great people in our profession who make the profession. Not only are we celebrating our vocation during HIM Week but we are also showing others in the workplace the value our members bring to the organisation. I encourage you to continue to discuss and advocate your HIM and clinical coding skills throughout the year.

The Board, through the recommendation of our Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARM), has begun looking at options for investment to maintain HIMAA’s financial sustainability for the medium and long term. Board members had a session last week with a global investment firm who discussed options for not-for-profit organisations such as HIMAA. The Board will continue to take advice from experts where we do not have in-house expertise.

Board Nominations

I encourage members who have a strategic, dynamic and growth mindset to apply to join as a Board member and Director. Naturally you must be able to commit the necessary time to the role. You will be working collegiately with other Directors and the CEO in leading HIMAA.

As a director of an organisation you are bound by legal duties to act in the best interest of that organisation i.e. fiduciary duty. According to the Australian Institute of Company Directors “the Board is responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of the organisation and for delivering accountable corporate performance in accordance with the organisation’s goals and objectives.”

By joining the Board you will develop skills outside your day job and have the satisfaction that you are helping your Association and profession. If you are interested, please drop me a line and I will be more than happy to discuss the position.

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

What a week it was – celebrating HIM Week 2022! Thank you to all our webinar presenters: Lyn Williams, Kara Pollard, Karen Baker, Genevieve Westacott, Jean McGhie, Hiep Luu, Madeleine Maloof and Scott Epp. Unfortunately I was hit with the dreadful COVID-19 so I was out of action for the week, but enjoyed seeing some of the posts on the social media. I hope you had fun taking the time to celebrate you and the profession. We have included some of your activity highlights in this edition in case they were missed in the social media (#himweek2022).

The 2022 HIMAA National Conference is approaching so keep a lookout for all the latest information around pre-conference events, workshops, speakers and social events. We are living in uncertain times, so more than ever it is important to connect with people. Please feel free to contact our conference organisers to enquire about the COVID-19 cancellation policy, one day registration and special conference rate for new members. Great sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available.

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Day 2 of the Conference. This is an opportunity for you to hear HIMAA’s wrap-up for the last financial year, ask questions and make comments, as well as being present for our Board election. A notice for the election will be out this week.

We are inviting members to submit an abstract for the 20th IFHIMA Congress. This is being jointly held with the 2023 HIMAA National Conference.

One of our members has expressed an interest in resurrecting the International Community of Practice. View this and all other Expression of Interest opportunities listed here. I would like to draw attention to an opportunity from the Australian Digital Health Agency which is seeking a Digital Health Expert Advisor. This would be a great opportunity to have one of our HIMs involved representing the profession. I encourage you to consider this.

NSW Branch has a PD event on 16 September 2022. I am also saving the date for the TAS Branch event on 16 November 2022 so that I can meet as many of our members as possible. All upcoming events are listed here.

Excitingly, the long-awaited new membership software, together with our updated website, is due to launch soon with beta testing ready to go next week. The new membership platform will have an internal membership directory and online forum for our committees and communities of practice. We will also be moving to online CPD, with an updated Professional Credentialling Scheme, in Phase 2.

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

What's on

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

Education News

Student Profile

Our student of the month for August is Edwin Lourdunathan from Glendenning in New South Wales. Edwin scored 93% in the clinical coding exam and is due to complete the 22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification very soon. We asked Edwin the following questions. What led you to enrol in our entry level course? Being a full-time worker and father of two I decided to take up a course structure

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Education Committee Update

August 2022 – Update for HIMAA members The Education Committee is releasing an annual update of the Health Information Manager (HIM) Professional Competency Standards matrix. This timeframe will benefit all stakeholders. In most years, the updates will be minor or incremental, the idea being to maintain currency of the document in line with advances within the professional domain. The 2022-2023 version is being finalised. It will include the new Profession-entry

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Member News

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

Privacy and Security CoP

Privacy and Security Community of Practice article   I   Sharon Campbell The news this week from the West….a complete list of passengers potentially exposed to the

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Other News

Latest news and updates across the board

EOI – International Community of Practice

A HIM member from overseas is seeking likeminded members to form International Community of Practice. This will replace the previous International Special Interest Group which was disbanded when the Convenor resigned. It is envisaged this COP will: Have a Zoom/Team call bi-monthly once and share the updates of codes/edition and how it impacts their day-to-day work quality. Share cultural views and understand our values in a professional way. For example, greeting each other on their special cultural occasions. Understand the differences in our workplace. For example, hierarchy of positions and their roles and responsibilities and how their performances impact healthcare industry. Develop new ideas to ignite ourselves in our respective departments and sharing our knowledge. Most importantly, discuss mental wellbeing, balancing work/life, burnout and how to cope. Organise a meeting with CEO or respective person in HIMAA twice a year to have a discussion regarding the input and output of all members and the growth pattern of International COP . Get feedback from HIMAA and arrange webinars based on any topic relating to our industry and encourage members to actively participate. Organise elaxing events virtually like competitions (members can show their talents apart from their coding career – music, arts, poems, story writing etc.) Suggestions from other interested members re welcome. Should you be interested in forming this COP, please send your EOI to by Thursday 8 September 2022.

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Editorial Board

Latest from HIMJ

Since last month’s HIMAA Matters, HIMJ has published five On-line First articles.   Research article  Professional identity and workplace motivation: A case study of health information managers Abbey Nexhip, Merilyn Riley, Kerin Robinson. August 15, 2022 | OnlineFirst   A cross-sectional online survey was administered to the 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015 Australian health information management and medical record administration graduate cohorts from one university in Victoria, to investigate the motivators of HIMs in the construction of their professional identity and associated relationships to job satisfaction and engagement with their profession. This study examined the characteristics of members of the profession who have different motivation profiles; HIMs’ perspectives on their professional identity; and correlations between HIMs’ professional identity and different motivational factors.

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