Health Information Management: The intersection of health care and data science Melbourne, Victoria | 25-27 October 2021

As the long-standing, pre-eminent specialists in health information and systems, the health information management profession – Health Information Managers, Health Data Analysts, Health Information Researchers, Clinical Coders, Clinical Documentation Specialists and Health Data Auditors – ensures the quality, integrity and security of patient information from the bedside to the highest levels of government. This critically important work ensures that data scientists, researchers and clinicians can confidently use Australia’s health information for internationally recognised research and our governments can trust our high-quality health information for planning, funding and critical decision-making: these have been highlighted particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health information management profession operates at the intersection of health care and data science, and health care and technologies that enable the collection of, and access to, health data. The connections we secure between the ‘technology’ and ‘medicine’ branches of science are the primary pathway for the successful enabling of digital technologies in the health care setting.


Register now! Early bird closes on July 30!

The HIMAA Conference Committee is calling for submissions for presentation at the 2021 HIMAA National Conference.

Closing date for submission of abstracts is 5.00pm (AEST), Monday 24 May 2021.


Document: Call for Submissions PDF
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Document: Conference Prospectus
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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.

Early-bird closes on 30 July 2021!

Registration Fees

(incl. GST)

Group discounts available.
3-5 Attendees (5% off)
6-10 Atendees (10% off)
11+ Attendees (15% off)

All fees are in AUD and GST inclusive.
Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner included in Full Conference.

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