Opportunities

HIMAA offers a range of career-enhancing opportunities by providing forums for health information professionals to discuss and solve challenges facing the industry. The main types of HIMAA groups include:

COMMITTEES

Committees progress the work of the HIMAA Strategic Plan and are a core function of the Association. Participation is by invitation or expression of interest and only open to HIMAA members.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) focus on a particular area of the industry and encourage information sharing and thought-provoking discussion. HIMAA members are allowed to freely join and participate in the SIGs.

BRANCHES

Branches are based at the local state level and provide professional development events, networking opportunities and peer support. Events are open to both members and non-members to allow people from outside the industry to engage with our profession – HIMAA members receive a discount.

Key positions in these groups require individuals willing to contribute to their industry who can contribute a portion of their time to progress the work of the group.

Vacancies are addressed through an expression of interest (EOI) process where HIMAA members can put their nominations forward to participate. EOIs will be posted below for upcoming vacancies – be sure to keep an eye out for positions for opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

Applications should address any criteria set out in the position description provided and can be sent with a current resume to executiveoffice@himaa.org.au

Current Opportunities

Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) was founded in 1949 and is the peak professional body for health information management (HIM) professionals in Australia. HIMAA promotes and supports its members as the universally recognised specialists in information management at all levels of the healthcare system.

We do this by:

  • Developing strategy to position the profession positively in the healthcare environment
  • Advocating policy and positions to better enable health information management professionals to contribute effectively to health care delivery
  • Developing quality and practice standards to support the standing of our members in their workplaces
  • Ensuring workforce supply through quality education and training
  • Representing industry interest.

HIMAA has been providing certified educational courses to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) residents since 2005 offering training in Medical Terminology, Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced clinical coding. HIMAA has recently focused on providing ongoing professional development activities with webinars and podcasts and are seeking to develop and extend these offerings further.

HIMAA has several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) based on members’ interest. HIMAA is seeking to establish a KSA Clinical Coding SIG. The KSA Clinical Coding SIG will consist of interested HIMAA members in clinical coding from the KSA region with the primary aim of sharing information and facilitating ongoing updates and professional development for the local region.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) are yet to be finalised but one of the key deliverables for the SIG is to develop content ideas for webinars for the region. The Chair will be appointed from the pool of Expressions of Interest (EOI) received. The KSA Clinical Coding SIG membership is open to HIMAA members. Non-members will be considered upon application.

Please submit a short covering note outlining your key skills and interest for the KSA Clinical Coding SIG, with a copy of your CV, to the executiveoffice@himaa.org.au. Any enquiries can be directed to Jae Redden, CEO via the same email. The closing date is Monday 27 September 2021.

At the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) on 26 October 2021 three positions become vacant for the role of Director of the Association and member of the HIMAA Board. Nominations are hereby invited. The nomination form is available by clicking on this link.

Each candidate for election as Director must be proposed and seconded by a Full Member, Senior Associate Member, Fellow Member or Life Member.

No Member may propose more than one person as a candidate but may second more than one nomination.

Members are eligible for nomination to the Board in the following HIMAA Membership Categories:

  • Full Member
  • Senior Associate
  • Life Member
  • Fellow Member

A nomination of a candidate for election must be made:

  • using the nomination form
  • signed by the candidate
  • signed by the proposer and seconder
  • a signed declaration as a fit and proper person and not ineligible to be a Director under Law accompanied by a one page CV of the candidates skills and experience to be shared with members.
  • scanned electronic signatures are acceptable

A nomination of a candidate for election, and any assisting information, must be received by the Secretary of the Association no later than 5.00 pm on the day which is 28 days prior to the annual general meeting at which the candidate seeks election. In 2021 that date is 28 September 2021.

A list of the candidates’ names in alphabetical order together with the proposers’ and seconders’ names and such other information as to the candidate as the Board determines will be sent to Members with the notice of the annual general meeting twenty-one days prior to the AGM.

Successful nominees will be required to sign an ASQA fit and proper persons declaration within five working days of their appointment to the HIMAA Board. Nominees are advised to read this declaration by clicking on this link to ensure eligibility.

Nominees are also advised to read the HIMAA Board’s statement of Director’s Duties and Responsibilities, which can be found on this link.

All submissions need to be received by the Company Secretary, Jae Redden, by 5.00pm on Tuesday 28 September 2021. You can upload your forms by clicking on the upload button HERE.

Expressions of Interest are being sought from HIMAA members who have a passion for clinical coding to join in the work and activities that HIMAA is putting together. HIMAA members with an interest in clinical classification or the clinical coding process more broadly are being sought to join the Clinical Coding Special Interest Group (CC SIG). To register interest, members are requested to complete a short survey (link below) to let us know what areas they would like to see covered by the NCC SIG going forward. Survey closes Thursday 30 September 2021.

HIMAA members with considerable experience in clinical coding are also being sought to join the HIMAA Clinical Coding Committee (HCCC). The role of the HCCC is to contribute to the development and implementation of HIMAA’s strategic plan as it relates to the professional position of Clinical Coders in the health information sector. The HCCC also has a role in overseeing the direction and activities of the CC SIG. Members of the HCCC are volunteers but are active in their contributions, at a minimum the time commitment is 1-2 hours every three months.

If you are interested in participating in the HCCC please review the HCCC 2020 Terms of Reference and submit an expression which should include:

– Name and contact information

– Resume, or your LinkedIn profile

– Short paragraph covering what you could bring to the HCCC and what area of expertise you would bring (e.g. private sector, specialist facilities etc)

– Confirmation that you are able to commit to the 1-2 hours every three months.

To register your expression of interest, or if you have further questions about either the CC SIG or HCCC, please contact executiveoffice@himaa.org.au by Thursday 30 September 2021.

SURVEY – HIMAA Clinical Coding Special Interest Group

Instructions: This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes of your time to complete. Responses will be used to guide the planning and activities of the Clinical Coding SIG (CC SIG) for HIMAA members. Please contact HIMAA National Office if you have further questions: executiveoffice@himaa.org.au

BACKGROUND

The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) identified research as a strategic priority in its Strategic Plan 2014–2016, and this research continues to be recognised as an important strategic direction in the current HIMAA 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is set up as a permanent committee of HIMAA to implement a work plan and coordinate the HIMAA research agenda.  Further information regarding the role of the RAC can be found here.

Committee Membership Call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

A number of vacancies have become available on the RAC. The National Board calls for nominations to the RAC through an Expressions of Interest process. Membership of this Committee will include a minimum representation from individuals working in academia, research, industry and student representation. The Terms of Reference outline the requirements for membership of the Committee.

If you have an interest in or are involved in health information management or health research, and would like to submit an EOI, please email executiveoffice@himaa.org.au by no later than 9am AEDT Friday 22 October 2021. Applications are to include a current curriculum vitae and a 150 word statement as to why you would like to be considered for membership of this Committee.

You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest within a month of the submission deadline.

For further information about this Committee please contact Mary Lam, the Chair, Research Advisory Committee via executiveoffice@himaa.org.au.