The Australian Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations Acronyms & Symbols

Now in its 8th edition, this valuable resource, authored by Joanne Williams, was first published in 1993. The online format was introduced in 2012.

The online version makes it easy and fast to search for abbreviations. This version is kept current and continually has new abbreviations added. The hard copy is reprinted every 3 to 5 years.

There are over 10,000 abbreviations in the dictionary which is used Australia-wide by medical and administrative personnel, clinical coders, nurses, medical record departments and allied health staff.

Members can purchase the hard copy at the member rate by either contacting or purchasing through the member portal.


Paperback Version Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations & Symbols (8th Edition)

$95.00 incl. of GST


Single User Web Version Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations & Symbols (8th Edition)

$44.00 incl. of GST


Multi-User Web Version Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations & Symbols (8th Edition)

$1,375.00 incl. of GST

The First Fifty Years (2nd Edition) 1949

The First Fifty Years (2nd Edition) 1949 – 1999 Medical Record Librarian to Health Information Manager
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A History of the Medical Record / Health Information
Management Profession in Australia
By Professor Phyllis J. Watson, AM
Dedicated to Betty James
221 pages including colour photos, references, appendices, copies of past documents, lists of past presidents, history of the Health Information Management Journal (HIMJ) – all contributing to this comprehensive text of the HIM profession

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IFMRO to IFHRO to IFHIMA - An Historical Overview 1949 – 2019

New Publication from Professor Phyllis Watson

IFMRO to IFHRO to IFHIMA – An Historical Overview 1949 – 2019

Longstanding HIMAA Life Member Professor Phyllis Watson’s recent publication of a new historical work is excellent reading for all HIMAA members. This invaluable piece of work puts Phyllis’s history of HIMAA into the global context of the HIM profession’s worldwide journey and is a comprehensive update to Phyllis’s original history of the International Federation of HIM Associations.

Phyllis commented recently:

The International Federation has been an important part of my life since 1968 and writing an historical overview also became important to me. It brought back many memories of people I have known and places I have been, and how much they influenced my life and reinforced my belief in the HIM profession. As you read through the book you will see that development was slow and at times it was difficult to communicate with members around the globe. With persistence and commitment to the profession, and the need to assist less fortunate medical record practitioners from developing countries, the International Federation developed and flourished.

If you have the opportunity to read IFMRO to IFHRO to IFHIMA I hope you will enjoy it and understand the mission and vision of so many people over the past 70 years. Thanks to HIMAA CEO and National Board we were able to launch it in print in November 2019 at the 19th IFHIMA International Congress in Dubai during the General Assembly and a copy was presented to each IFHIMA National Member Director and other members attending.

Professor Phyllis Watson
December 2019

BOOK REVIEW by Craig Ryan

This book review was written by Craig Ryan and first published by Thomson Reuters in the Workplace Review update: Summer 2020 edition, reviewing IFMRO to IFHRO to IFHIMA: An Historical Overview 1949–2019 (2nd ed), by Professor Phyllis J Watson AM, Health Information Management Association of Australia Ltd, 2019: ISBN 9780987510204.

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