Governance

Last updated: 27 November 2020

HIMAA is a not for profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors under the auspices of an association constitution. It reports to the Australian Not-for-profit and Charities Commission (ACNC), with which it is registered as a company limited by guarantee.

The Board of Directors is elected from the HIMAA membership by the membership, and delegates its authority to Committees and Working Groups of the Board to ensure governance of key activities such as membership, workforce, advocacy and leadership, education, research and standards for quality.

HIMAA relies on the volunteer contribution of members to achieve its objectives and deliver organisational governance. Membership support is provided at the local level through networking and continuing professional development (CPD) provided by State and Territory branches, through special interest groups (SIGs) and nationally through our annual conference, which is of international standing.

We are the major provider of nationally recognised training for Clinical Coders in Australia, and the national authority for the professional entry accreditation of HIM tertiary courses graduating Health Information Managers. Our Professional Credentialing Scheme offers practitioner quality assurance to the profession and employers. Our Certified Clinical Coder is the industry’s advanced standard.

HIMAA also attracts members from other countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

The Association has a national office in Sydney staffed to deliver functionality in membership services, education and training services, professional development, positioning and advocacy, practice and professional standards, publications and resources, communication, and corporate services.

The concept of corporate governance has proved difficult to define precisely, because it covers a large number of concepts and economic relationships that affect many people. The OECD has the following working definition of corporate governance:

“Corporate governance is the system by which business corporations are directed and controlled. The corporate governance structure specifies the distribution of rights and responsibilities among different participants in the corporation, such as the board, managers, shareholders and other stakeholders, and spells out the rules and procedures for making decisions on corporate affairs. By doing this, it also provides the structure through which the company objectives are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance.”

This is summed up in a quote from Corporate Practices and Conduct, 3rd edition:

“The essence of any system of good corporate governance is to allow the board and management the freedom to drive their organisation forward but to exercise that freedom within a framework of effective accountability”.

The basic principles of effective corporate governance are threefold:

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