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Volume 9 | Issue 01 | Digital
Catherine Garvey
Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

Catherine Garvey
Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

President's Report

I trust this issue of HIMAA Matters finds you well and enjoying the varied, detailed and interesting world of a Health Information Manager.

Our diverse and wonderful team on the Board this year has expanded by one since the last newsletter. We are pleased to advise that Natasha Prasad for LaTrobe University has accepted our offer to be a Casual Board Director until the next AGM. Many of you will know Natasha as an extraordinary lecturer and presenter. As part of her Board portfolio Natasha will be our liaison officer with our dedicated Editorial Board, where her skills in education and research will be beneficial and welcomed. You can meet the Board Governance ( on our Members’ website.

Jae and I had the great pleasure to visit our Victorian Branch earlier this month, having a leisurely social catch-up with some of the local Branch members. It was great to meet the new Branch Convenor, Lisa Tunney, and our former President, Cheens Lee, amongst others, Natasha and Shane included. The main aim of our trip was to meet with the Department of Health to discuss workforce strategies relating to HIMs and Clinical Coders, and to meet with the dynamic team at the Victorian Agency for Health Information. Each conversation was energetic, informative and productive in advocating the benefits of Health Information Managers as significant contributors to the health industry. We came away very optimistic about the future of Health Information Managers and how we can address areas of greatest interest. We intend to continue these conversations to keep our profession visible and acknowledged.

At the end of March Jae and I will be meeting with the Queensland Branch to listen to the issues of significance impacting their members, and look forward to speaking with as many members as possible. In addition, we will be speaking with Sue Walker and the Head of School at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to discuss the degree course offerings and their ongoing security. We will be reaching out to all Convenors to learn what is important at Branch level and how HIMAA can assist with topics of importance in our digital health environment.

Let us know if you would like the Board to engage in other areas of health industry interest. Often it is conversations with Branches and members which provide opportunities for the Board to adopt new lines of enquiry, interest and networks. We will be very pleased to assist.

Registrations are now open for the 20th IFHIMA Congress and 40th HIMAA National Conference. Taking advantage of the early bird and other discounted rates will help spread your budget as far as possible. I am excited about the programme and look forward to meeting you in sunny Brisbane later this year.

Invitation to register for Coder Performance Standard Survey

We would like to invite all Australia-based Clinical Coders, HIM-Coders and Coding Educators, Managers and Auditors to register for a very important survey. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS. Please register by emailing your name, state of residency and email address by 20 April 2023 to:

Catherine Garvey

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From the CEO's desk
From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

From the CEO's desk

From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

HIMAA State Branches are gearing up for activities. It is great to see the first one up and running from NSW with a focus on Digital Health, with speakers from ACT Health talking about EPIC EMR Implementation Document Scanning. The session will include a panel discussion, HIS tour and lunch held on 26 April 2023.

Our commitment to bring Professional Development opportunities, which are accessible to all, continues via a one hour online lunchtime webinar. We have engaged iMedX to deliver three clinical coding webinars this year, with the first being delivered on 18 April 2023 titled Unpacking ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS 12th Edition Changes. During the year iMedX will also be running a session on Sepsis and Drug Resistance (May/June) and Diabetes and Neoplasms (September).

If you or your organisation are keen to share your experience and expert knowledge with the HIMAA audience via a PD Webinar, please contact We would love to hear from you!

The joint 20th IFHIMA Congress and 40th National HIMAA Conference is now open for EARLY BIRD registration. Please go to to view the Draft Program as well as the sponsorship prospectus. Members can register through the HIMAA member portal to receive the member discount. Tell your colleagues to join as a member now to receive a special conference registration offer.

While you are in the Member area, don’t forget to update your details, specify your area of interest and to view/search the Member Directory. Throughout this year we will be activating more functionality in the Member area. HIMAA is bolstering the opportunity for members to connect and network, not only through HIMAA events, but via the membership software.

Please bookmark to keep an eye on your opportunity to connect and contribute. Communication about these opportunities are also sent via email as well as posted on our LinkedIn. Currently, the Research Advisory Committee is seeking members and the EOI is due by 28 April 2023.

Invitation to register for Coder Performance Standard Survey

We would like to invite all Australia-based Clinical Coders, HIM-Coders and Coding Educators, Managers and Auditors to register for a very important survey. Please register by emailing your name, state of residency and email address by 20 April 2023 to a dedicated email address:

Everyone who has registered will receive the online survey in late April. It will capture the views of members of the national coding workforce on a new national Draft Clinical Coder Performance Standard. This workplace-based Standard defines expected capabilities of staff employed as Clinical Coders across differing levels of employment: Trainee through to Advanced, and Auditor/Educator. It will replace the current 1996 National Clinical Coder Competency Standard and Assessment Guide. The survey has Ethics approval and the full support of HIMAA.

It is important for all HIMAA members and others who are employed in the coding workforce to have their say about this new Standard. Please register and encourage all your Clinical Coder friends to do the same:

As usual, please feel free to reach out to me to chat.

Jae Redden

Chief Executive Officer

Member News

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

Celebrating a fabulous career in Health Information Management over 40 years!

Jenny Elliott, long serving HIMAA member and Senior Director, Health Information Services Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) approaches retirement this week. Her career has spanned the transition from paper-based records to paper light to the digital platform with the ACT’s recent DHR implementation. Her ACT HIM colleagues wanted to celebrate her long standing and rich career by sharing a recent article that published by the CHHS Media team. What was it like when you started as a HIM? I started in Medical Records at Woden Valley Hospital (WVH) in Canberra on 7th June 1982 as the ‘Assistant Medical Record Administrator’

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Public Consultation on the National Healthcare Identifiers Framework

HIMAA Submission to the Australian Government, Department of Health & Aged Care’s Public Consultation on the National Healthcare Identifiers Framework A Working Group of HIMAA members was established in January, following a call for Expressions of Interest from amongst the HIMAA membership, with the purpose to prepare a submission to the Australian Government’s Department of Health & Aged Care (DHAC). The group met on several occasions in January and February to consider and prepare a response, on behalf of HIMAA, to the DHAC’s Healthcare Identifiers Framework – Public Consultation.  The lengthy submission addressed a number of the target questions, specifically

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Education News

Education Committee Update

Update for the HIMAA membership The Education Committee is HIMAA’s authoritative body on the profession’s educational standards, including those that guide HIMAA Members’ professional development. The work is shared amongst the Education Committee, its Professional Development Sub-Committee and key working groups. The members of all of these committees are keen to keep all HIMAA Members informed as work progresses. We also invite your input and involvement. This month, we are

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HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding

Due to the demand for our HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding we have increased our intakes for this course from two to three per year. In addition, we will be capping student numbers to 100 per intake to allow a more even spread of the workload for our Education Officers. The three intakes will be March, May and July each year. Enrolments will open on the 1st of the month

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Student Profile

Our student of the month for March is Renee Lee from Bennett Springs in Western Australia. Renee scored 96% in clinical coding and is due to complete the 22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification within the next couple of months. We asked Renee the following questions. What led you to enrol in our entry level course? I wanted to gain a qualification to enter the field of Clinical Coding and

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Editorial Board

Latest from HIMJ

Having missed HIMAA matters last month, we have a big list for March – 11 papers demonstrating the diversity in both nations and HIM-related topics HIMJ receives, and the international reach your academic journal has achieved. Our ‘On-line First’ list this month includes articles from Australia, the USA, Portugal, Greece, the UK, India, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Research article  Performance of ICD-10-AM codes for quality improvement monitoring of hospital-acquired pneumonia in a haematology-oncology casemix in Victoria, Australia Jake C Valentine, Elizabeth Gillespie, Karin, M Verspoor, Lisa Hall, Leon J Worth November 14, 2022 | OnlineFirst A retrospective case review was used to determine the positive predictive value (PPV) of IDC-10-AM codes in the Australian hospital-acquired complication framework to detect hospital-acquired pneumonia in patients with cancer and to describe any change in PPV before and after implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Research article  Concordance between coding sources of burn size and depth across Australian and New Zealand specialist burn services Monica Perkins, Heather Cleland, Belinda J Gabbe, Lincoln M Tracy. November 14, 2022 | OnlineFirst This retrospective population-based review of all patients who sustained a burn injury (July 2009 – June 2019) requiring admission into a specialist burn service across Australia and New Zealand, investigated the concordance between ICD-10-AM codes and expert burn clinician decisions in assessing burn injury severity. Research article  Comparison of comorbidities of stroke collected in administrative data, surveys, clinical trials and cohort studies Monique F Kilkenny,

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HIM-Interchange Update

I hope you have checked out the latest issue of HIM-Interchange published, at the end of last year. Members may have noticed there were only two issues of HIM-Interchange published in 2022, instead of the usual three issues. There have been challenges sourcing authors and articles, which has impacted on our ability to deliver the journal. The HIM-Interchange Subcommittee is always considering ways to adapt to challenges and make improvements to the journal. Therefore HIM-Interchange will be implementing an ‘electronic first publication’ or ‘single article publication’ format in 2023. This publication format is consistent with our peer reviewed journal, the Health Information Management Journal. ‘Electronic first publication’ or ‘single article publication’ means an article is published as soon as it is ready, and single articles are periodically collated into an issue of HIM-Interchange. This approach supports more timely publication of articles. Further, it can improve readability and engagement with members, with articles available more frequently and members not needing a block of time to read all the journal articles at once. The availability of new articles and issues will continue to be publicised in HIMAA Online each month, so keep an eye out in this column for the latest releases. As always, we would love any feedback. I encourage you to provide feedback on the journal and website at Joanne Fitzgerald Editor, HIM-Interchange

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