Queensland Branch


About us

Welcome to the Health Information Management Association of Australia, Queensland Branch (HIMAAQ). The HIMAAQ Branch Committee is made up of qualified Health Information Managers and a HIM Student representative who volunteer to promote the profession.

Find out more about our committee members, upcoming events and information for students below.

The HIMAA Qld Branch Committee meets monthly and is committed to:

  • Supporting and contributing to the HIMAA Strategic Plan
  • Advocating for and strengthening the health information management profession
  • Providing networking opportunities for members
  • Providing education and professional development for HIMs and Clinical Coders
  • Supporting students in their journeys to becoming HIMs
Danica Jong

Danica Jong – Branch Convenor

Danica is a Certified Health Information Manager, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Information Management from QUT. As a member of the HIMAA Qld Branch committee since 2016, Danica is committed to advocating for the profession and is passionate about the ongoing education and professional development of HIMs. Danica has a keen interest in data analytics and clinician liaison and is currently working as a Health Information Manager Lead at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.


Alisha Lucas

Alisha Lucas graduated in 2000 with a HIM degree from QUT. She has worked in a variety of HIM type roles in both the public and private sectors. She is currently working as the Director of Purchasing Models and Strategy for Queensland Health. In this role she manages activity based funding targets and Hospital and Health Service performance, and assists with Commonwealth/State ABF reporting requirements and funding negotiation discussions. Whilst not working in a HIM titled role currently, Alisha has always considered herself a professional Health Information Manager and therefore has been active in HIMAA since the early 2000s.

Emma Parras

Emma is the Group Health Information Manager for UnitingCare Health in Qld. With over 20 years’ experience in healthcare, she has previously worked in roles in private hospitals, specialising in medical record and clinical coding department management, information governance, health fund audit management and casemix analytics and performance reporting. She is passionate about providing best practice health information management expertise to ensure optimal patient care outcomes and sustainability of the healthcare delivery. Emma graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Health Information Management.


Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth is a Coding Quality Coordinator for Qld Health and has been a Clinical Coder for 15 years with experience in both the private and public sectors. She has completed her Certificate IV Clinical Classification with HIMAA back in 2020 and has progressed to her second year in Bachelor Health Information Management at QUT. Elizabeth is very passionate about coding and loves to share her wealth of knowledge through auditing and creating educational sessions for coders, nurses and clinicians.

  • Kathleen Rogers
  • Rachel Thursfield
  • Tammy Kang
  • Munique Seidel
  • Anita Forrester
  • Gemma Van Fleet


The Queensland Branch Committee hosts three key events each year; a professional development event on a topic relevant to the profession, a trivia night – a favoured social evening for networking, and an annual dinner to celebrate our achievements from throughout the year.

If you would like to assist us in organising an event or have suggestions for future events, please contact us at qldbranch@himaa.org.au. We’d love to hear from you!


Student's Section

A qualification in Health Information Management can lead you to a rewarding career in one of the most sought after expertise in the health sector. Not only will you be working with doctors, nurses and management to coordinate the flow of information throughout the hospital, you will also have the opportunity to work within one of the largest growing industries in Australia as more hospitals invest in innovations and research to improve quality.

The HIMAA Queensland Branch provides students with several opportunities to network with industry professionals, as well as information to further develop your knowledge and skills in health information management.

Become a HIMAA Student member here

Interested in becoming a HIM? Check out these accredited courses in Queensland.

QUT – Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Health Information Management

QTAC Code: 425391

QUT Code: PU51

Course Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Contact Us

Want to get involved, suggest a topic for an education event or simply know more? Please contact us at:

QldBranch Executive Committee Email: qldbranch@himaa.org.au