HIMAA VICTORIAHealth Information Management Association of Australia
Welcome to the Health Information Management Association of Australia’s (HIMAA) Victorian Branch. HIMAA is the recognised, peak professional body of Health Information Managers in Australia.
The HIMAA Victorian Branch Committee is made up of qualified Health Information Managers (HIMs) who are full members of HIMAA. Each member of the committee is committed to building a strong and sustainable HIM profession and volunteers their time to provide educational and networking opportunities to Victoria’s HIMs.
The Victorian Branch contributes to key National strategic discussions and acts as a liaison for its Special Interest Groups and members.
This website contains information and links on topics relevant to the HIM profession. It also provides up to date information on Victorian HIM news and events.
The HIMAA Victorian Branch Committee meets monthly and is responsible for:
- Contributing to key National strategic discussions and development
- Providing information on and to the Profession
- Acting as a profession liaison for Special Interest Groups
- Organising Education/Professional Development and Networking Events
- Supporting our future Health Information Managers
- Acting as a profession liaison for tertiary institutions
- Hosting an annual dinner
Dwayne Richards – Branch Convenor
Dwayne’s professional interests include digital health, using information and systems to improve healthcare and the user experience, privacy and security of health information and supporting equitable access to health services and systems. As a Certified Health Information Manager he is proud to contribute to the profession and support knowledge and skill sharing between health information managers. Dwayne’s previous experiences include working in private and not for profit hospitals and the university sector in Western Australia. He currently works at BreastScreen Victoria, a cancer screening service for eligible Victorians.
Jennifer is a health information manager with a background in speech pathology. She has previously worked as a paediatric speech pathologist at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital’s Cochlear Implant Clinic and spent 5 years’ experience in clinical research looking at outcomes for children with bilateral cochlear implants at the University of Melbourne. Jennifer’s interest in health data management and health informatics led to her complete a Master of Health Information Management in 2015 and she has been working with clinical quality registries since that time. Jennifer is currently the Coordinator for the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry based at Monash University which aims to improve care for people with upper gastrointestinal cancers.
Matilda graduated from La Trobe University in 2015 having studied a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Health Information Management. She joined the Branch Committee as a student and has remained a part of the Branch throughout this time, enjoying being able to assist with and organise a number of social events. Professionally, Matilda’s career has been focused around health service leadership in the public sector, having led a number of teams in Specialist Consulting and Health Information Services at Monash Hospital, and more recently having been appointed as the Data and Submissions Manager at the Austin Hospital. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the Victorian Branch Committee and looks forward to what we will continue to achieve.
Natasha Prasad – La Trobe University Representative
Natasha is a Certified Health Information Manager currently employed as an Associate Lecturer for the Discipline of Health Information Management at La Trobe University. She teaches undergraduate students in digital health, placement and management related subjects. She is also the Deputy Professional Practice Co-ordinator and the First Year HIM Profession Mentor. Natasha’s areas of interest include, but are not limited to: higher education, mentoring students, digital health, health informatics, data management, research, and project management.
Shane is the Director of Health Information Services at Mercy Health in Victoria. He became a Health Information Manager (HIM) as he felt that the profession combined a few of his interests including medical knowledge, clinical and IT systems, leadership and management. With over 10 years’ experience in various roles in research, project management, staff management and scanning, Shane has enjoyed the ability to learn different aspects of the HIM profession. His international area of interest is New Zealand as it has been somewhere he has wanted to visit and learn more about, including the people, culture and health system.
Stephanie is a Health Information Manager at a public hospital. She is a full time coder also partaking in other duties such as auditing, image transfers and doctor registrations. Stephanie is currently studying the ‘Graduate Certificate in Data Integrity and Auditing’ at La Trobe in order to expand her knowledge and strengthen her HIM skills.
- Amanda Hicks
- Amity Chan
- Cheens Lee
- Linda Becker
- Lisa Tunney
- Samara El-Youssef – Student Representative
- Suzette Dela Cruz Regalo
The Victorian 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. We’d love to hear from you!
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 Victorian 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 Victoria.
La Trobe University
Course Code: HZMCHM
Course Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Course Code: HMHIM
Course Duration: 2 years full-time