Education Committee

The purposes of the HIMAA Education Committee (‘the Committee’) are to

  • Advise the HIMAA Board of Directors on all educational matters;
  • Provide informed, strategic direction and support for a dynamic learning culture across the entire HIMAA membership; and
  • Research and prescribe professional educational standards and requirements.

 

The Committee is HIMAA’s expert body in education. It has carriage of health information management university-, professional education- and workplace performance-level educational standards, related educational requirements, professional competency standards, and educational content within the professional, paraprofessional and skilled occupation categories across the membership. These standards and requirements reside within the arenas of –

  • Tertiary education (higher education; vocational education and training [VET], but excluding HIMAA’s VET-level clinical coding courses),
  • Professional practice, and
  • Professional development.

They inform HIMAA’s tertiary-level course accreditation, sub-tertiary and micro-credentialling course approval, and continuing professional development programs.

 

Membership – Education Committee

Dr Kerin Robinson

Chair

Assoc.Professor (Adj.), Discipline of Health Information Management,

School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University

Cameron Barnes National Manager, Health Information Services, Private Hospital
Division, St Vincent’s Health Australia
Vicki Bennett

Ex-officio

HIMAA Board of Directors Liaison; and

Head – Metadata, Information Management and Classifications Unit,
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Dr Joanne Callen Assoc.Professor (Hon.), Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research,

Australian Institute of Health Innovation,

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University

Louise Edmonds Manager – Governance, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, ACT
Cassandra Jordan Health Information Manager, Sydney, NSW
Jenn Lee*

Invited Observer

Course Co-ordinator – Master of Health Information Management,

Discipline of Health Information Management, School of Psychology
& Public Health,

La Trobe University

Lynne Paine Director Information Management & Organisational Performance,

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, NSW

Barbara Postle Fmr. Course Co-ordinator – Health Information Management, and Health
Science Program, Curtin University; and Health Information and Project Manager, Perth, WA
Jae Redden

Ex-officio

Chief Executive Officer,

Health Information Management Association of Australia

Merilyn Riley*

Invited Observer

Head-Health Information Management, and Undergraduate Course
Co-ordinator, Discipline of Health Information Management, School of
Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University
Sue Walker**

Invited Observer

Course Co-ordinator – Bachelor of Health Information Management,

School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of
Technology

Lyn Williams

Invited Observer

Director-Education Services,

Health Information Management Association of Australia

Maryann Wood**

Invited Observer

Lecturer – Bachelor of Health Information Management,

School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of
Technology

*and **: alternates

 

Sub-committees, Working Groups and Working Parties

The Education Committee has several Sub-committees, Working Groups and, from time to time, Working Parties, whose purposes are to progress professional education-related developments and special projects.

 

Professional Development Sub-Committee (PDSC)

The aim of the PDSC is to establish, maintain and socialise a professional development program for the HIMAA membership that is informed by contemporary educational standards and professional competency and performance standards for Health Information Managers, Clinical Coders and other key health information-related professional groups that fall under the umbrella of HIMAA. This is achieved via the following objectives:

  1. To ascertain the CPD needs of the HIMAA membership;
  2. Ultimately, to establish iteratively and thereafter update annually, a professional development plan in alignment with the Health Information Manager Professional Competency Standards (Intermediate- and Advanced-levels), relevant clinical coding education-related requirements, and appropriate standards for other disciplines that operate in the health information management environment and reside within the HIMAA membership; and
  3. Ongoing, to provide advice and informed contributions to selected, prioritised CPD sources, resources and activities.

These outcomes are based on empirical evidence and established educational standards, and are  reflective of the interests and needs of the HIMAA membership for ongoing learning and development.

 

Dr Kerin Robinson

Convenor (Interim)

Assoc.Professor (Adj.), Discipline of Health Information Management,

School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University

Elizabeth Connelly Acting Operations Manager, and Clinical Coding Educator,

Health Information Services, Cabrini Health, Melbourne, Vic

Andrea Groom Health Information Consultant/Director, Clinical Coding Services Pty Ltd., Australia
Kara Pollard District Health Information Manager, Health Information Services,

Central Coast Local Health District, NSW

Jae Redden

Ex-Officio

Chief Executive Officer,

Health Information Management Association of Australia

Alexandra Toth District Health Information Manager & Privacy Contact Officer,

Finance and Performance, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, NSW

Alexandra van Gemert Manager, Clinical Information Services, Tablelands Sector,

Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW

Vacant

Ex-Officio

Professional Development Program Officer,

Health Information Management Association of Australia

 

Clinical Coder (Performance Standards) Working Group (CCWG)

The aim of the CCWG is to develop and publish national Clinical Coder Performance Standards that are designed for workplace-based training and to underpin Coders’ career development and progression. This is being achieved via the following objectives:

  1. To consult widely, research, develop and disseminate a set of empirically informed and evidence-based Clinical Coder performance standards for use in healthcare facilities throughout Australia.
  2. To replace the Health Information Management Association of Australia (1996) Clinical Coder National Competency Standards and Assessment Guide.

 

Jennie Shepheard

Convenor

Health Information Management and Clinical Coding Consultant,

Shepheard Health Management Consultants, Vic

Stephanie Gjorgioski Lecturer–Health Classification,

Discipline of Health Information Management, La Trobe University

Isabel Hayes Coding Auditor/Educator, NT Health
Nicola Hunt State-wide Clinical Coding Manager – Department of Health,
Tasmania
Cassandra Jordan Health Information Manager, Sydney, NSW
Catherine Muratore Clinical Coding Manager, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District,
NSW
Jodee Njeru Senior Clinical Coder, Canberra Health Service, ACT
Emily Price Regional Coding Auditor & Educator – NSW, Ramsay Health, Australia
Lisette Ramsden Manager Health Information Services, St Vincent’s Hospital
Northside, St Vincent’s Hospital Brisbane, Qld.
Sally Richardson Lecturer-Health Classification, La Trobe University; and

Clinical Coding Auditing Consultant

Christopher Robey Clinical Coding Auditor-Educator, Central Adelaide Local Health
District, SA
Dr Kerin Robinson Assoc.Professor (Adj.), La Trobe University
Yvonne Seidel Manager – Coding Services, Mater Health, Qld
Belinda Torney Regional Health Information Manager, Ramsay Health, Australia
Melissa Turnell District Clinical Coding Manager, Central Coast Local Health District,
NSW
Lyn Williams Director-Education Services, Health Information Management Association
of Australia
Kathy Wilton Clinical Manager, 3M Health Information Systems
HIMAA Member Clinical coding expert, Perth, WA

 

Health Data Analytics (Competency Standards) Working Group (HDAWG)

The aim of the HDAWG is to develop new, contemporary Health Data Analytics Competency Standards for HIMs at the Profession-entry level (completed, 2021), Intermediate- and Advanced- professional levels. This is being achieved via the following objectives:

  1. To review and update HIMAA’s existing Health Data Analytics Competency Standards.
  2. To research and develop new Health Data Analytics Competency Standards and incorporate these into the extant HIM Competency Standards matrix.
  3. To assist HIMAA in socialising and promoting the revised and new standards to the HIMAA membership and external stakeholders.

 

Cameron Barnes

Convenor

National Manager, Health Information Services, Private Hospital Division,

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Willy Chan Manager – eMR Applications, Sydney Local Health District, NSW
Olu Dedeigbo Casemix & Research Manager, Liverpool Hospital,

South Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW

HIMAA Member Health Information Manager,  Vic.
Louise Edmonds Manager – Governance, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, ACT
Alisha Lucas Director of Purchasing Model and Purchasing Strategy, Department of
Health, Qld.
Dr Sheree Lloyd Senior Lecturer, Health Services Management, Griffith University
Merilyn Riley Head-Health Information Management; Undergraduate Course Co-ordinator,
Discipline of Health Information Management, School of Psychology
& Public Health, La Trobe University

 

Professional Credentialling Scheme Working Group (PCSWG)

The aim of the PCSWG is to revise and make recommendations for an upgraded HIMAA Professional Credentialling Scheme (PCS). This is being achieved via the following objectives:

  1. To review and revise the PCS
  2. To research and propose a more streamlined, updated PCS that:
  • Supports a culture of continuous learning within the HIMAA membership
  • Enhances HIMAA member benefits,
  • Is more usable and accessible for members and increases their connectedness,
  • Creates efficiencies for the HIMAA National Office in its administration of the PCS, and
  • Enhances HIMAA’s status and reputation as a professional body.

 

Dr Kerin Robinson

Convenor

Assoc.Professor (Adj.), Discipline of Health Information Management,

School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University

Stephanie Gjorgioski Lecturer – Health Classification,

Discipline of Health Information Management, La Trobe University

Laura McVey Senior Information Management Specialist,

Digital Technology and Information Division, Mater Misericordiae
Limited

Lynne Paine Director Information Management & Organisational Performance,

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, NSW

 

Clinical Documentation Integrity (Competency Standards) Working Group
(CDIWG)

The aim of the CDIWG is to develop, disseminate and maintain contemporary Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Competency Standards for Health Information Managers and other clinical documentation experts including Clinical Document Improvement Specialists. This will be achieved via the following objectives:

  1. To research, consult upon, and update HIMAA’s existing CDI-related standards.
  2. To assist HIMAA in promoting the revised and new standards to the HIMAA membership and external stakeholders for nation-wide application.

This Working Group is being established in 2022.

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