Nurses wanting to increase their knowledge and/or skills in nursing or health informatics have several avenues.

  • Several universities have postgraduate coursework programs and nurses are advised to contact local universities to ascertain if they provide relevant programs or courses in both on-campus or distance education mode. The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) provides a list of current higher education undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Another option is undertaking short courses, and a list of short course providers has also been compiled by ACHI.
  • There are also a variety of user-pay or free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that address specific concepts within nursing or health informatics. Entering Nursing Informatics MOOCs into a search engine will produce a list of available courses and their commencement dates. MOOC platforms include Coursera, edX, Udacity, Open Yale, Udemy. Khan Academy, Alison, FutureLearn, and courses address Nursing Informatics, Health Informatics, Digital Health, and eHealth, and Data Analytics.
  • Nurses who have experience in nursing or health informatics and want their skills formally recognised may elect to undertake certification via the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) program, developed by HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia), ACHI, and HIMAA (Health Information Management Association of Australia).