Last updated: 29 July 2021
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)
- Any queries related to accredited courses should be addressed to the national office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accredited HIM university courses
The La Trobe University Academic Board recently approved major developments for its health information management profession-entry degrees, commencing in 2022:
Bachelor of Health Information Management – a new three-year degree.
- Available from 2022: (i) online from anywhere in Australia; or (ii) face-to-face at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus.
- Will replace the current undergraduate double-degree (which we will continue to teach to all currently enrolled students throughout the next four years).
- Option for high performing students to be invited to undertake additional Honours (research) year.
- Questions: Natasha Prasad, Acting BHIM Course Co-ordinator: Natasha.Prasad@latrobe.edu.au
Master of Health Information Management – continues as a graduate-entry specialist course.
- Available from 2022: (i) online from anywhere in Australia; or (ii) face-to-face (on-campus).
- Questions: Jenn Lee, MHIM Course Co-ordinator: email@example.com
The online options will help to redress the Australia-wide workforce shortage of qualified HIMs.
Face-to-face Professional Practice placements are a compulsory requirement in both courses. They will be organised by the University in students’ home states.
Full-time or part-time study available.
International students will undertake the face-to-face option because of Australian Government visa requirements.
The current courses have full external accreditation from HIMAA. The University will apply to HIMAA in late 2021 for an accreditation survey and assessment of the new undergraduate BHIM (online and face-to-face versions), and the online MHIM.
General information on entry requirements – La Trobe University website: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/health-information-management
(Note – details of the new courses will be on the website shortly).
General questions: Jenn Lee, Acting Head of Discipline – Health Information Management: firstname.lastname@example.org
The courses that are accredited at La Trobe University are:
- Bachelor of Health Sciences & Master of Health Information Management
- Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management
- Master of Health Information Management
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
The course that is accredited at the Queensland University of Technology is:
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:
- Sue Walker at email@example.com or (07) 3138 5873 Or;
- Maryann Wood firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3138 5870
- Email: email@example.com or telephone (07) 3138 4831
La Trobe University (Sydney city campus): Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of
Health Information Management.
The course that is accredited at the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates is:
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management)
- Open Universities Australia: Warning to students – click HERE
- University of Tasmania, Master of Health Information Management
- Western Sydney University, Bachelor of ICT (Health Information Management)
HIMAA Approved Programs
As the peak professional body for health information professionals, HIMAA offers an accreditation process for degrees and other higher education courses in Health Information Management and has provided this service since 1992. These accredited degrees, or Accredited Programs, are required to cover the Health Information Management Competency Standards to ensure its graduates meet the professional requirements to enter the workforce. Those who hold these qualifications are eligible for the membership class of HIMAA’s Full Member.
Approved Programs are courses at the vocational education and training level of tertiary education, in areas such as clinical coding and health business management that align with HIMAA competency standards. Those who hold these qualifications are eligible for the membership class of HIMAA’s Senior Associate.
The current list of HIMAA’s Approved Programs:
|Certificate IV in Clinical Classification||22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification||HIMAA|
|Advanced ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding||Statement of Attainment for HLTADM007 Complete highly complex clinical coding||HIMAA|
|Diploma of Healthcare Documentation||10795NAT Diploma of Healthcare Documentation||Talentmed|
|Diploma of Clinical Coding||HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding||HIMAA|
Applying for Approved Program Status
HIMAA welcomes applications from Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that can demonstrate alignment with HIMAA competency domains for courses that cover clinical coding, health informatics, business, management and information systems/IT..
For recognition as a HIMAA Approved Program, RTOs are invited to submit a letter of application detailing:
- Alignment of the submitted program with HIMAA competency domains
- Qualification(s) awarded by the provider as a result of the program
- Authority by which the qualification is conferred
- Duration of the program in required student hours
- Structure and content of the program
Providers of Approved Programs will be entitled to include the status of HIMAA Approved Program in the advisory information to students and potential students in wording provided by HIMAA. An administration fee of $275 applies and may take up to three months.
To submit an application, or for any enquiries about the HIMAA Approved program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.