This report summarises discussions and findings generated at the Health Information Workforce (HIW) Summit, held on 30 October 2015, initiated by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). The purpose of the summit was to actively discuss and address the workforce challenges facing the health information workforce, particularly those relating to workforce shortages and future workforce configuration identified in the 2013 Health Workforce Australia (HWA) Health Information Workforce Report.
The outcome sought was a realistic profession-led action plan to assist both government and industry in ensuring development of a sustainable and skilled future health information workforce (HIW). The resulting report, however, suggests planning for the HIW professions, employers and for governments to address HIW shortage and configuration based on actions resulting from delegate discussion. An action plan, as such, was deemed outside the governance of Summit proceedings.
HIMAA was joined by peak HIW organisations the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) in presenting this Summit.
Themes arising from the summit included:
- Workforce data on shortage and configuration
- HIW supply challenges
- Future HIW configuration
The report suggests 85 actions to address HIW workforce shortage and future configuration. These actions are broken down to focus on what the three major stakeholder groups can do to address the actions:
- What can the professions do
- What can employers do
- What can governments do