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Volume 9 | Issue 05 | Digital
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Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

Picture of Catherine Garvey
Catherine Garvey

President - HIMAA

President's Message

It’s been a very busy few weeks on all fronts.  The Winter strategies of hospitals are still struggling to cope with the demand; COVID still surges from time to time; the workforce concerns have not yet abated, and there are, as always, long lists of things to get done.

Against that backdrop, the Board had a 2 day face-to-face meeting on 30 June/1 July with a very large agenda drawing our attention.  Amid this, we farewelled our outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Jae Redden, and welcomed our interim Chief Executive Officer, Sallyanne Wissmann.  As always, it was a pleasure to catch up with the staff in the office and understand their portfolios, including the progress, successes, and challenges in achieving goals.  We were very happy to meet Jenny Moreland, our new Membership Services lead, for the first time. Joanne (Williams) also took the opportunity to visit the office and meet the Board.

One of the key focus areas for the Board is workforce.  There has been continued momentum in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on this matter, particularly as it relates to sustaining a robust workforce.  I had the pleasure and privilege to meet with South Australia’s Minister for Health, the Hon Chris Picton, MP, during July.  Together with the local Branch Convenor, Terry Seery, we took the opportunity to describe the strengths of our profession, the key qualities and areas of expertise Health Information Managers and Clinical Coders have, as well as the aging workforce and the focus on establishing a South Australian workforce strategy for our profession.  We are looking forward to being able to continue this conversation and translating it into action.

There is a plethora of conferences, workshops and fora for shared experiences on offer that will be of interest to our members, not to mention the seasonal school expos. 

Naturally I list the IFHIMA/HIMAA 20th Congress as top of that list.  The Early bird is open until 31 July 2023. Our conference committee is very pleased with the number of early registrants.  Planning continues apace.  I applaud and draw your attention to the enormous care and diligence the committee has put into the programme, both technical and social.  It is shaping up to be a great return on the investment of attending. 

Members will also likely have seen IHACPA, ACHSM, CDIA and MedInfo publicised.  If you have attended any of these events please create an article to HIM-I or HIMJ on the areas of interest, and we have many domains of interest, to share your insights and experiences with your peers and fellow members.  As our logo promotes, be a Strategic Asset to our Association and your organisation.  Be a beacon of leadership in Health Information Management, in whatever capacity you can share these strengths.

Visit our HIMAA Membership Portal to renew your Membership if you haven’t done so already.  It is really easy to renew.  Reach out to Jenny if you have any specific questions and require assistance.  She’ll be delighted to chat with you.


Catherine Garvey


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From the CEO's desk

Sallyanne Wissmann | CEO (Interim), HIMAA

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From the CEO's desk

Sallyanne Wissmann | CEO (Interim), HIMAA

It is a privilege to be Interim CEO of HIMAA and I thank everyone for their congratulatory remarks and support as I join HIMAA in this important role and time in the profession’s history to keep the momentum of the Association going during the CEO transition.

For those of you who I have not met or are unfamiliar with my history, I have been part of this wonderful profession since 1990 when I started studying health information management at the Queensland University of Technology.  My career has included roles in the public and private sector, in Brisbane and Auckland, focused on all aspects of the health information management domain and more broadly into non-health information management and governance.  For almost 20 years I have worked at the Mater in Queensland, being part of many organisational, technology and information management changes as Director Information Management and part of the Digital Technology and Information Division leadership team.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been my involvement in HIMAA – as ‘my’ professional association; the ability to work alongside fellow health information management professionals to meet the needs of the profession by serving on the HIMAA Board and Committees; and in turn, its contribution to the formation of me as a leader.

During the next few months the Board has asked me to help them shape the priorities for HIMAA for the short and medium term in the continued journey of ensuring health information management is seen as a valued and valuable health profession, and in promoting and supporting you, our members, as the universally recognised specialists in information management at all levels of the healthcare system.

I invite you to contact me on if I can be of any assistance or if you have ideas to contribute.

For your benefit and on your behalf, the HIMAA team and branches are organising a number of great upcoming events for you to continue to advance your knowledge and expertise, and network and learn from like-minded professionals.  Make sure you have registered for the following and they are in your calendar!

Joint IFHIMA Congress / HIMAA National Conference unlike previous conferences, this year you will get the opportunity to hear from international leaders in health information management and network and learn from delegates from a number of countries.  In addition, there are important changes occurring within the national health information management landscape.  This is a not-to-be missed event that I am confident you will personally and professionally benefit from. Early bird closes on the 29th July so register today.

2023 National HIM Week 21-25 August – the point of HIM week is for you to promote what you do to those you work with, within your organisation, and to key stakeholders.  Health information management professionals are highly valued and play an important role in Australia’s healthcare system.  Be bold and be proud this year during HIM week!  Plan ahead and consider how you can promote your expertise.  Resources to assist you are on the HIMAA HIM Week website – downloadable posters, email signatures and social banners. Promotional packs and letters of support are coming out to those who have requested them.  Post on social media, tag #HIMAA and let’s promote and celebrate our awesome profession together!

During HIM week three webinars, all free to members, are being run.  Register today!

HIM Week Webinar 25: Meet the HIMAA Board of Directors and Get to Know HIMAA (Members ONLY Event)

22nd August 12:30-1:30pm AEST

This webinar will also include an update on the proposed HIMAA membership changes presented at last year’s AGM.

HIM Week Webinar 26: Failproof interview strategies to ingrain the perfect first impression and win that dream job

23rd August 12:30-1:30pm AEST

HIM Week Webinar 27: Panel Profiling Careers in Health Information Management (Information coming soon)

24th August 12:30-1:30pm AEST

What an exciting time to be part of the health information management profession!  I look forward to meeting with many of you over the coming months.

Sallyanne Wissmann

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Member News

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

IFHIMA Global News July 2023

Exciting IFHIMA news is contained in the latest Global News that is now available on our website.  You’ll want to read about the upcoming 20th Congress in Brisbane, as well as national news and other global insights.  This issue discusses many exciting advancements in health information around the globe, which certainly proves the importance of health data and our profession.   Don’t forget the deadline for early bird registration ends this Friday, July 29, so act now to get this special rate. I hope to see many of you in Brisbane!! Vicki Bennett, CHIM, FAIDH, CHIAUnit Head at AIHWIFHIMA President (2022-2025)

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Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Residential Aged Care Services 2024–25

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) has released its Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Residential Aged Care Services 2024-25 (the Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper seeks input from stakeholders on the policy approach, methodology and high-level principles that will support the development of independent costing and pricing advice as part of the Pricing Framework for Australian Residential Aged Care Services 2024-25 (the Pricing Framework). The consultation is the primary opportunity for all stakeholders to contribute to the development of the Pricing Framework for 2024–25. This includes key matters relating to: residential aged care pricing principles the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) funding and

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Privacy Matters

Privacy and Security Community of Practice article   I   Cassandra Jordan A Community of Practice (COP) was convened on Friday 30 June 2023. The topic of “Artificial Intelligence” was raised, and a robust discussion followed on areas such as ChatGPT and Chatbot. A member from Tasmania, involved in preparing a talk on AI/Generative Chat for their Digital Dilemma CoP, shared an original poem written by ChatGPT (see below).  The discussion centred around the ability to be able to identify and verify that the information provided was accurate. Further to this the concern of breaches of privacy arose in relation to the potential for Clinicians to use open-source software to share patient

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Membership Matters

At a time when many of our members have recently renewed their membership for the new financial year, we would like to thank you for your continued support, which we greatly appreciate. If your membership lapsed on 30 June 2023, you still have the opportunity to log in now to access your renewal invoice and renew your membership. If your membership was under an organisational membership and you have changed roles, or the contact at your organisation has changed, please email us to check your membership status. Early bird rates for the upcoming IFHIMA/HIMAA Congress Advancing global health: in pursuit of high-quality digital information close on 29 July – get in quickly

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Education News

HIMAA Student Profile

Our student of the month for July is Cathy Wong from Calamvale in Queensland. Cathy scored 93% in clinical coding, has completed the HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding and is keen to start consolidating her clinical coding knowledge.   We asked Cathy the following questions.   Why did you choose clinical coding as a career pathway?   I chose clinical coding as a career pathway because it was recommended to me by a close friend of mine currently in the industry. I was getting burnt out from being a floor nurse due to the irregular hours and night shifts and I wanted to utilise knowledge and skills in health somewhere else.   What led you to enrol in the HIMAA Diploma course?   I spoke with one of the Health Information Managers in the hospital I currently work at that recommended to me the HIMAA clinical coding course which provided in-depth knowledge of clinical coding across the different health diseases.   What did you enjoy most about the course?   I enjoyed the flexibility of the course being delivered online as well as the prompt responses and support from course coordinators. The course structure was well set

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HIM Student under the Spotlight

Jed Castle, La Trobe Student – Bachelor of Health Information Management  What are your background and interests and how did these lead to your enrolment in the in Bachelor of HIM? Are you currently working? If so, what are you doing? I am a born and bred Geelong boy by heart, growing up down by the bay. I got my first job scanning old medical records at a small gastroenterology practice, and then moved on to the Emergency Department at the local private hospital. I’m currently working at Austin Health in their Emergency Department and Switchboard. I’m living on campus at La Trobe while studying the bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management.  I chose to study the bachelor’s degree as it combined two of my favourite things. Technology & Health. Before discovering HIM, I had originally planned to study Information Technology, but when I saw that HIM could combine both passions, I had to jump at the opportunity! In my downtime, I volunteer as a Rotarian, and enjoy hanging out with some of my friends that also live on campus. In 5 years, I see myself working in Health Informatics, working with EMRs and other digital systems in

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HIM Journal

Latest from HIMJ

Four new papers were published in HIMJ in July …   Research article  Alpha NSW: What would it take to create a state-wide paediatric population-level learning health system? Michael Hodgins, Nora Samir, Susan Woolfenden, Nan Hu, Francisco Schneuer, Natasha Nassar, Raghu Lingam July 7, 2023 | OnlineFirst The lack of integration between high-quality data, analytic capacity and timely health improvement initiatives means practitioners, service leaders and policymakers cannot use data effectively to plan and evaluate early intervention services and monitor high-level health outcomes. This exploratory study aimed to develop an in-depth understanding of the system and clinical requirements of a state-wide paediatric learning health system (LHS) that uses routinely collected data to identify where inequities and variation in care exist, and to inform service development and delivery where it is needed most.   Research article  Stroke clinical coding education program in Australia and New Zealand Monique F Kilkenny, Ailie Sanders, Catherine Burns, Lauren M Sanders, Olivia Ryan, Carla Read, Miriam Lum On, Anna Ranta, Tara Purvis, Carys Inman, Dominique A Cadilhac, Helen Carter, Stella Rowlands, Lee Nedkoff, Muideen T Olaiya. July 7, 2023 | OnlineFirst Accurate coded diagnostic data are important for epidemiological research of stroke. The objective of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate an online education program for improving the clinical coding of stroke. The Australia and New Zealand Stroke Coding Working Group co-developed an education program comprising eight modules: rationale for coding of stroke; understanding stroke; management of stroke; national coding standards; coding trees; good clinical documentation; coding practices; and scenarios.   Research article  A holistic view of facilitators and barriers of electronic health records usage from different perspectives: A qualitative content analysis approach Anna Griesser, Sonja Bidmon. July 7, 2023 | OnlineFirst Electronic health records (EHR) are seen as a promising endeavour, in spite of policies, designs, user rights and types of health data varying across countries. In many European countries, including Austria, EHR usage has fallen short when compared to the deployment plans. Using a qualitative approach, the aim of this study was to explore facilitators and barriers experienced by patients and physicians

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What's on

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

Latest News

Congress New Half Day Clinical Coding Update Registrations

A new IFHIMA Congress attendance option is now available.  Aimed at Clinical Coders, the registration for Tuesday 31st October morning includes: Attendance at both clinical update sessions from 9:00-10:30am and 11:00-12:30pm Hear from four clinicians as they give insightful clinical updates relevant for Clinical Coders – further details will be added to the program on the Congress website as they become available Morning tea and lunch Access to the exhibitors Networking with national and international Congress delegates This is a great opportunity for Queensland and northern NSW Clinical Coders to attend and invest in their ongoing professional development and have the opportunity to network with other health information management professionals. Register here!

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HIMAA Conference Scientific Chair – Academic and Scientific Chair – Industry 2024 EOI closes Mon 31/7/23

The national HIMAA Conference is our flagship Health Information Management event, receiving local and international recognition for its high calibre speakers, quality content and value-for-money professional development offering for members and the wider industry. The 2024 Conference will be held in Melbourne, and we are looking to recruit two key roles in the Conference Committee who will be responsible for organising review of the abstract and paper submissions and coordinating the Conference program.  The Scientific Chair – Academic and Scientific Chair – Industry positions are for a two-year term and will work closely with the HIMAA CEO as the Conference Committee Chair. Initial planning and strategy meetings will be held in the latter part of 2023, with the majority of work to be carried out in 2024. The Call for Submissions launch date for Melbourne will aim to occur at the end of 2023. Board representatives and the VIC State Branch will form a part of the Conference Committee in supporting the shaping of the agenda based on industry needs and opportunities for HIM profession advocacy. Please see below for a brief description of the roles required. Scientific Chairs are pivotal positions of the Conference Committee and will attract an honorary payment in the form of complimentary registration, flight or accommodation cover during the Conference. Any enquires for the positions can be directed to Scientific Chair – Academic A senior practising Academic with experience in health information research Scientific Chair – Industry A senior Health Information Manager with extensive

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Global Specialist Digital Health Workforce Census closes 31/7/23

Are you part of the specialist digital health workforce? Are you responsible for health data, information, knowledge, or technology? Be part of the census that captures the vital information about this workforce. This information is used by government, academia, peak bodies, and industry to identify workforce growth, emerging roles, and career pathways, forecast future workforce needs, and inform education and training needs. As a global census, anyone from across the globe can take part. Take part in this online survey, which will take you 10-15 minutes to complete. Scan the QR code or go to to access the Global Specialist Digital Health Workforce Census.

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NSW Private Hospitals Community of Practice (CoP) EOI closes 28/7/23

An exciting opportunity has opened up to lead the NSW Private Hospitals Community of Practice (CoP) as the new Chair. The Convenor for all Communities of Practice must be a current member of HIMAA. The CoP is looking for a new Chair following the resignation of Joanne Moss from this position due to increased work commitments, however she will remain on this group and provide a handover to the Chair. The NSW Private Hospitals Community of Practice has an extensive history focusing on Health Information Managers working in any area within the NSW private sector. The CoP is a forum for discussion of issues of interest, sharing information, networking, peer support, professional development, and promoting best practice. It’s also a platform for contribution and influence to relevant HIMAA State and National dialogue and strategy development in regard to the private sector. Terms of Reference for the NSW Private Hospitals CoP can be found HERE. Please submit a short covering note outlining your key skills and interest for the NSW Private Hospitals CoP, with a copy of your CV, to the, with the subject heading: NSW Private Hospitals CoP EOI. Any enquiries can be directed to Sallyanne Wissmann, Interim CEO via the same email.  The closing date is 5pm (AEST) Friday 28 July 2023. You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest within a month of the submission deadline.

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