Nursing informatics Australia Conference

Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in NIA 2019, Australia’s Nursing Informatics Conference, to be held in Melbourne on Sunday 11 August 2019. This year’s theme is Nursing career paths in digital health.

NIA 2019 is Australia’s only dedicated event featuring nursing informatics presentations – AND it has an impressive 25+ year history!

NIA conference theme

Nursing Informatics: Nursing career paths in digital health

As the pre-eminent national professional organisation for nurse informaticians, NIA is inviting nurses and midwives from all health care settings to submit an abstract addressing this year’s conference theme.

Nursing informaticians have a unique leadership role to ensure a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health outcomes for Australians. Nursing is the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce and provides continuous care to patients during inpatient stays and to consumers within community and primary healthcare settings. The role of nurses in the digital health environment has the potential to not only deliver improvements in efficiency and patient outcomes, but also in facilitating improved consumer and clinician experience.

Digital Health can be an enabler of improved safety and quality of health care and there is a clear need to identify areas where establishing nursing informatics roles will contribute to and enhance the digital health experience across the continuum for patients, nurses and all clinicians.

You are invited and encouraged to submit abstracts where the following can be incorporated, but is not limited to:

  • Tips and experiences for getting involved in digital health
  • The future workforce – what will it look like?
  • What’s in digital health for me?
  • Experiences of digital health education and did it change your work?
  • What do organisations and nursing colleagues expect from their digital health experts?
  • How to convince your organisation that they need nurse informaticians

Sharing your story and how you got there, will help inform other nurses and midwives.
This is your opportunity to present at the only dedicated nursing informatics conference in Australia.

There is also the option to submit a poster presentation as a means of sharing your story if you would prefer not to present.



   HISA Member* (i) $345

   Non-member $395

   Presenter $295

   Student Member* (i) $150

   Student Non-member^ (i) $200


When and where

When Sunday 11 August 2019

Where Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
a: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
t: +61 3 9235 8000

Parking Click here for more details on the parking options available at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Accommodation Please view the HIC accommodation page for details on how to book HIC’s preferred hotels.

Moya Conrick prize

The Moya Conrick Prize is presented in recognition of the valuable work by the late Dr Moya Conrick via the best submitted paper and presentation at NIA. The prize is based specifically on nursing informatics, including the quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness of the submission. The Moya Conrick Prize is shared amongst all authors of the submission and shall be announced by a member of the NIA executive.


A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson

A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Associate Professor of Digital Health

University of Tasmania

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Associate Professor of Digital Health at the University of Tasmania. She has nearly 20 years’ experience as a teaching and research academic in health information and informatics. Her research specialisation is in workforce analysis, and the use of technologies in health.
A/Prof Kathleen Gray

A/Prof Kathleen Gray



Associate Professor Kathleen Gray is the Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) at the University of Melbourne. She has coordinated postgraduate teaching programs and published extensively, for over a decade, on a range of health informatics and digital health topics.
Dr Margie Kennedy

Dr Margie Kennedy

CNIO & Managing Partner


Dr. Margie Kennedy is an award-winning digital health leader. She is senior clinician and researcher with more than 30 years experience across the healthcare continuum. Margie earned her PhD at the University of South Australia, Master of Nursing at Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University, and a graduate diploma in Standards in Health informatics from the University of Sherbrooke. She also maintains multiple industry certifications including health informatics, project management, change management, and ITIL.

Dr. Kennedy has extensive experience as a leader in clinical transformation, stakeholder engagement and consensus development, shaping how clinical professions and the healthcare sector adapt and evolve in the digital era through her consulting roles, publications, national and international presentations, and leadership roles. Margie’s roles have included clients in governments, public sector organizations, health care and education networks across Canada, and internationally with various countries and the WHO. In addition to her roles as Past President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, Dr. Kennedy represents Canada at the IMIA-NI, is the Vice Chair Standards in Health Care Working Group and serves on numerous Scientific Committees for conferences around the world. Her book, Introduction to Nursing Informatics (5th edition) which she edits with Drs. Pamela Hussey, Kathryn Hannah, and Marion Ball, is targeted for release in mid 2020.

CPD points

Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA)

NIA 2019 has been approved for up to 6 contact hours of continuing education credit toward renewal of the CHIA credential. Click here for more information on becoming a certified health informatics professional.


With the rapidly changing pace of digital health affecting the day-to-day activities of all nurses, it’s important to make sure the right information is in the right hands, when it comes to nursing informatics. NIA 2019 is the perfect opportunity to reach the nursing decision makers, the movers and shakers, and really make an impact in the nursing world. By sponsoring at NIA, your company will be in the spotlight at the most significant conference in the Australian nursing calendar.





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