Enabling Better Health in a Digital World 29 - 30 OCTOBER 2020

The 2020 Virtual Conference Committee and the Scientific Panel are proud to announce that the Proceedings are now available to all Virtual Conference attendees and accessible by clicking HERE

An Overview

This 37th Annual National Conference is the largest Health Information Management event in the industry and the only one that showcases the industry’s key issues in the one setting. This is the professional development and networking event of the year for Health Information Managers, Clinical Coders and other professionals associated with the management and use of health information.

The theme for this year’s conference “Health Information Management: Enabling Better Health in a Digital World” will see health care professionals explore digital health, health classifications and coding, clinical documentation improvement, information governance, medico-legal issues, leadership and management, education and training.

The program will include keynote presentations from leaders in the field, plenary and paper presentations, workshop sessions, posters, networking activities and a virtual exhibition. Conference participants look forward to catching up with their key suppliers at Australia’s premiere Health Information Management event online.

Plan now to welcome delegates from around Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific at this lighthouse event; and stay abreast of the major changes in the health care landscape and Health Information Management’s central role in this changing environment.

The Benefits to Your Organisation

By taking advantage of a sponsorship package and/or exhibition booth, your organisation has the opportunity to engage directly with leaders and decision makers in the Health Information Management. By showcasing your organisation and its products/services, you are reaching the key stakeholders involved in the operation and planning of this key area of health care delivery. Reach executives who make/influence purchasing decisions.

The National Conference team is implementing a comprehensive, targeted marketing and public relations campaign around the event, which will help drive attendance and provide access to your target audiences. This marketing campaign includes the promotion of conference and the virtual exhibition to drive attendance and raise awareness including email and social media campaigns.

Hundreds of professionals from the industry will receive conference promotion with highly-targeted marketing messages about your products/services, depending on the package selected.

Conference Format

The 2020 National Conference will be held virtually via Events OnAIR portal. The structure will remain the same: plenaries, HIM and CC Streams, panel discussions, workshops and social interactive sessions. All sessions will allow virtual interaction for attendees, e.g. asking questions live, discussing issues on the forum with industry peers, participating in live polls and connect and network with each other. Virtual Exhibition will be held during both days and have designated sessions when both delegates and exhibitors can request a one-on-one meeting with each other to learn about vendors’ products and services. At the meetings, your staff members will be using video and audio features to connect with the delegates. Vendors could also have a virtual booth with uploaded brochures, flyers, links and contact details.

The Conference Dinner will be held as a social networking function in the evening on Thursday 29 October.

Prof Michael Kidd AM


The Impact of COVID-19 on Digital Health in Primary Care

Prof Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health

Professor Michael Kidd AM is Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor with the Australian Government Department of Health, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University. He is a general practitioner, past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, past president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and past Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Prior to joining the Department of Health, he was Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada. He is a Professorial Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and with the University of Melbourne Department of General Practice.

Dr. Stephen Duckett


Health information needs in a COVID world

Dr. Stephen Duckett

Dr Stephen Duckett has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.



ICD-11 Digital – Impact and Implementation

ROBERT JACOB – World Health Organisation


Lorraine M. Fernandes


IFHIMA-Advancing New Strategic Plan and Global Privacy

Lorraine M. Fernandes, RHIA,Principal, Fernandes Healthcare InsightsPresident, International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA)

Lorraine Fernandes is an international and domestic thought leader, accomplished author and respected public speaker on topics related to the role of  technology and data in healthcare transformation. Lorraine is the 2019-2022 President of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA) and co-author of two IFHIMA whitepapers addressing governance and privacy. Lorraine is recipient of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 Pioneer Award and 1998 Discovery Award, and California Health Information Association (CHIA) 2002 Distinguished Member Award.

Lorraine has in-depth knowledge about information/data governance and data exchange from a healthcare organizational and jurisdictional perspective.  Additionally, she has expertise in patient/consumer/person, provider and citizen identification related to citizen-centric services, population health, electronic health records and customer satisfaction.

Lorraine is Principal and Founder of Fernandes Healthcare Insights. Previously she was Global Healthcare Ambassador for IBM Analytics, specializing in information integration and governance.  She joined IBM through the acquisition of Initiate Systems, Inc., where she served as vice president and healthcare ambassador to its domestic and global strategic clients. She has held numerous managerial and strategic roles at healthcare organizations.



The Role of the HIM Professional in CDI

MELANIE ENDICOTT – Sr. Director, International Education & Training, AHIMA International

Melanie Endicott is Senior Director of International Education & Training for AHIMA International. She has developed education and conducted training around the globe on health information management (HIM) topics such as medical coding, clinical documentation integrity (CDI), and health data analytics.

Prior to joining AHIMA in 2004, Ms. Endicott served as the program director and lead instructor of Spokane Community College and was a health information analyst at a large acute care hospital in Washington State. For the past 20 years, she has been a frequent presenter on coding, CDI, and other HIM topics locally, nationally, and internationally. She has also been an educator in the HIM programs at the University of Cincinnati, Stephens College, and Loma Linda University. Ms. Endicott holds a Master’s of Business Administration and Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Health Information Management from Carroll College.

The HIMAA Conference Committee is calling for submissions for presentation at the inaugural HIMAA Virtual Conference.

The closing date for submission has been extended for all international submissions till Sunday 23 August 2020.


Document: Call for Submissions PDF
Version: July 2020


Milla Krivozhnya
Marketing and Events Manager

All fees are in AUD and GST inclusive

  • Member – Full Conference – $399
  • Member – Day 1 – $225
  • Member – Day 2 – $225
  • Student Member or New Graduate – Full Conference – $220
  • Student Member or New Graduate – Day 1 – $135
  • Student Member or New Graduate- Day 2 – $135
  • Non-member – Full Conference – $549
  • Non-member – Day 1 – $315
  • Non-member – Day 2 – $315

Presenter discounted rates are available. Please contact

Group Discounts:  % off from invoice total 
Group 3-5 delegates 10%
Group 6-10 delegates 12%
Group 11-19 delegates 15%
Group >20 delegates 20%


All refund requests are subject to the following cancellation policy and must be received in writing to
Cancellations made before 15/10 – full refund minus $25 admin fee
Cancellations made between 15/10 and 24/10 full refund minus $50 admin fee
Cancellations made between 25/10 and 28/10 50% refund
Cancellations after 28/10 – no refund

Full refund could be considered in case of medical emergency, medical certificate will be required.

Transfer of Paid Registrations Policy

Registrants who are unable to attend the virtual event may transfer their registration to another person. Transfer of registration must be in writing and received by the HIMAA Office at by 24 October 2020.
If a member registration is transferred to a non-member, that person will have to pay the difference between the member and the non-member rates.

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