Accreditation

 

Credential (Post-Nominal)Membership LevelQualification
Certified Health Information Manager (CHIM)Full MemberHIMAA-accredited HIM degree
Certified Health Information Practitioner (CHIP)Senior Associate, Associate MemberHIMAA-approved program and/or experience

 

Credentialing Cycle:2 years
Credentialing requirement:150 points in HIMAA’s Professional Credentialing Scheme
Credentialing method:Participant’s Diary of Continuing Professional Development
Credential:Certificate under Company Seal
Submission:14 days before End Date of current period
Enrolment:Application with initial Participant’s Diary demonstrating 75 points over 12 months
Cost:For HIMAA members, participation in the PCS is a complimentary membership service.

Introduction

This Scheme has been available to members since 2007. It is HIMAA’s certification of professional standing, and offers HIMAA members the following benefits:

  • Demonstration of commitment to professional currency to peers
  • Quality assurance of continuing professional development and quality improvement to employers
  • Post-nominal privileges:
    • CHIM (Certified Health Information Manager) for Full Members
    • CHIP (Certified Health Information Practitioner) for Senior Associate and Associate Members

Because most members come to HIMAA with a qualification – particularly those in the Clinical Coding and HIM occupations of the profession – HIMAA’s credentialing scheme focuses more on maintenance of currency of the member’s credentials. Members achieve this by demonstrating participation in continuing professional development and quality improvement activity, which they report biennially through submission of a participant’s diary.

Participation in the scheme entitles the member to bear the post-nominal CHIM (Certified Health Information Manager) for members with a HIMAA-accredited HIM qualification, or CHIP (Certified Health Information Practitioner) for members with other related qualifications and/or experience such as HIMAA’s clinical coding courses.

In the context of HIMAA’s strategic focus on improving the positioning and standing of the profession in the healthcare sector, a working group of the Professional Development Sub-Committee of HIMAA’s national Education Committee reviewed the scheme to strengthen its quality assurance value to employers are well as to peers. The revised Scheme was re-launched at the HIMAA NCCH National Conference in Darwin on 8 October 2014.

What has improved?

We know how busy and time-poor health information management professionals are. So you will find the PCS diary and guidelines now support you by allocating higher points for greater educational effectiveness and provide you space to reflect on quality improvement possibilities arising from your CPD. By cross-referencing your activities against HIMAA’s competency standards, your diary also emphasises the performance value to your employer of your participation in the scheme.

The revised Professional Credentialing Scheme is also one employers can use to demonstrate quality assurance to their funders and decision makers.

The Scheme is easy to use. Simply download a copy of the attached Participant’s Diary HERE and enter your continuing professional development activities as you undertake them. You can work out how many points to allocate to each activity by consulting the Point Allocation Guide HERE.

For a first enrolment, all that is required is 12 months of activity amounting to 75 points. Thereafter, your continuity in the Scheme is through a submission of a fresh diary amounting to 150 points every two years. Each time your completed diary is received and approved, you will receive a fresh Certificate of CHIM or CHIP status for the next two year period. See the Policies and Procedures document HERE for more information.

For HIMAA members the Professional Credentialing Scheme remains a member benefit and is complimentary.

You can be a professional alone, but together we can do so much more. HIMAA Credentialing – the more who enrol, the stronger the assurance.

Please submit your Participant’s Diary to:
Email: HIMAA Membership Officer at membership@himaa.org.au

  • Email Subject heading: HIMAA PCS Participant Diary Submission

Fax: +612 9887 5895

  • Attn: HIMAA Membership Officer
  • Subject heading: HIMAA PCS Participant Diary Submission

Post: HIMAA Professional Credentialing Scheme
Locked Bag 2045
North Ryde NSW 1670

The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is the official, formal accrediting body for all Health Information Management courses in Australia.

HIMAA also undertakes formal review and accreditation of Health Information Management courses internationally, upon request from individual countries and universities.

Accreditation of the degree courses is linked directly to graduate Health Information Managers’ eligibility for full graduate membership of HIMAA. The Association undertakes a rigorous, structured accreditation program of tertiary level courses in Health Information Management. This program, which been in place for several decades, is managed by the HIMAA National Education Committee which reports to the Board of Directors.

The Education Committee has responsibility for overseeing the continued refinement of formal competency standards for Health Information Management to ensure:

  • (i) that they remain contemporary and relevant; and
  • (ii) that tertiary programs in Health Information Management continue to represent the specialist professional skills and attributes required of new graduates.

Health Information Management courses are required to undertake accreditation on a regular basis. Courses are accredited only where they demonstrate that graduates meet the Profession Entry-Level Competency Standards.

The accreditation process involves:

  • on-site, in-depth review via visits by the national accreditation team;
  • evidence of compliance with appropriate academic pedagogy and standards that meet HIMAA’s education requirements;
  • evidence of compliance with curricula and academic outcomes in accordance with HIMAA’s Profession Entry-Level Competency Standards;
  • evidence of appropriate curricula underpinned by discipline-specific research;
  • evidence of adequate financial resources, teaching facilities, physical resources, and other academic and administrative supports;
  • and the formal review and approval by National Education Committee of the accreditation team’s findings and recommendations.
  • The accreditation process is fully explained in “Policies, Procedures and Standards for Accreditation of Professional Entry education Courses for Health Information Managers” (click HERE to view)

 

Currently Accredited University Courses and those under consideration for accreditation

 

VIC

The courses that are accredited at La Trobe University are:

 

WA

The courses that are accredited at Curtin University are:

  • Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management) – No new enrolments
  • Bachelor of Science (Health Science Health Information Management Major) – No new enrolments

 

QLD

The course that is accredited at the Queensland University of Technology is:

HOME PAGE: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/courses/bachelor-of-health-information-management

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK: http://www.qut.edu.au/health/about/schools/school-of-public-health-and-social-work

QUT Course enquiries only:
Content:

  • Sue Walker at s.walker@qut.edu.au or (07) 3138 5873 Or;
  • Maryann Wood atmt.wood@qut.edu.au or (07) 3138 5870

Enrolment:

  • Email: health.enquiries@qut.edu.au or telephone (07) 3138 4831

 

TAS

The University of Tasmania has applied to have its Masters of Health Information Management course accredited.

The application is currently being considered.

 

NSW

La Trobe University (Sydney city campus): Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of
Health Information Management. This course is scheduled to commence in 2017. This course is accredited as per the La Trobe University entry under the VIC heading above.

Western Sydney University has notified of its intent to apply for accreditation of its Bachelor of ICT (HIM) by HIMAA in 2017.

 

Overseas Courses

Middle East
The course that is accredited at the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates is:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management)

Student Advisories

  • Open Universities Australia: Warning to students – click HERE

This document replaces the HIMAA Code of Ethics of 1992 and 2005. The HIMAA Member Principles of Professional Practice was developed by the HIMAA Practice Quality & Safety Standards Committee and approved by the HIMAA Board on 22 February 2015.

HIMAA members commit to upholding these principles as a condition of membership.

  1. Advocate, uphold, and defend the individual’s right to privacy and the doctrine of confidentiality in the use and disclosure of information taking into account applicable legislation.
  2. Show courtesy to and respect the rights of all professional colleagues.
  3. Undertake their professional duties in an ethical, efficient, legitimate, safe and responsible manner.
  4. Not engage in (and report) dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or other forms of illegal or unethical conduct that adversely reflect on the profession or the individual’s fitness for membership in the profession.
  5. Make determinations within the professional scope of assigned responsibilities and knowledge.
  6. State truthfully and accurately any professional credentials, education and experience.
  7. Discharge honourably the responsibilities of any national or branch/network association position.
  8. Advance health information management knowledge and quality practice through continuing participation in education, research, publications, presentations and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  9. Recruit and mentor students, staff, peers and colleagues to develop and strengthen the professional workforce.
  10. Contribute to the planning and proactive development of services which enable individuals within the community to achieve optimum health.

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