By NIGEL CHARTRES

HISA WA Branch held a ‘HISA Meet-Up’ at the Murdoch campus of South Metro TAFE on 5 April to look at Expanding and Future Career Opportunities within Digital Healthcare throughout WA. HISA members including telehealth coordinator Josh Sacks went ‘open mic’ to talk to students and TAFE staff about career opportunities available within the very diverse health informatics (HI) profession.

One aim of this was to give participants some ideas around the dynamic nature of the profession and how it is, in some respects, ‘forming as it moves’, allowing enthusiastic, motivated individuals, to carve out very interesting careers, in many interesting and changing situations.

Joshua Sacks, who is the Telehealth Strategic and Operations Co-ordinator for the South Metropolitan Health Service, give a brief introductory overview of his career journey so far and how he is now ‘leading the charge’ on delivering a cohesive telehealth strategy throughout the South Metropolitan Health Service.

The conversation covered a whole range of issues and aspects, largely around the challenges and opportunities which currently exist within the overall WA healthcare sector and how ‘many things need to be done’ in order to introduce a truly digital healthcare ecosystem throughout WA.

Some enthusiastic participants identified actual situations and potential projects, where TAFE students might be able to get involved and so get practical hands on experiences in launching their HI careers.

The idea also emerged, in the context of there being many career options for aspiring information and communications technologies (ICT) students, of TAFE working with HISA to put together some module so that the ICT students would get a practical perspective on the healthcare system.

At the close of the Meet-Up it was agreed that it would be very worthwhile to build upon the conversation going forward and for the inaugural participants to bring along more enthusiasts to the next Meet-Up.  All agreed that the approach looks very promising in terms of how more participants are connected in, ideas are cultivated and networks are built towards designing a better digital healthcare future for WA.