Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in NIA 2018, Australia’s Nursing Informatics Conference, to be held in Sydney at Park Royal Darling Harbour on Sunday 29 July 2018. This year’s theme is >Nursing Informatics: Empowering Nurses and Midwives in Digital Health.

NIA 2018 is Australia’s only dedicated event featuring nursing informatics presentations – AND it has an impressive 25+ year history!


Nursing Informatics: Empowering Nurses and Midwives 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.

With this statement in mind, you are invited and encouraged to submit abstracts where the following can be incorporated, but is not limited to:

  • Implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Patient safety
  • Data Standards
  • Informing both patient and clinician
  • Mentoring our fellow nurses and midwives
  • Collaborating with our fellow nurses and midwives
  • Sharing with our fellow nurses and midwives
  • Telehealth, the use of by nurses and midwives
  • Digital Health Education for nurses and midwives
  • Trainers must be clinicians!
  • Professionalism
  • Development of a digitally ready AND Competent nursing and midwifery workforce
  • Readiness
  • Adaptability

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 on successful and unsuccessful implementations 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


Click here to download a pdf version of the full program.


WHEN Sunday 29 July 2018

a: 150 Day Street, Sydney NSW 2000
t: +61 2 261 1188

PARKING Click here for more details on the parking options available at the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour.

Accommodation There are no delegate rates in place with the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour. However, should you be interested, please view the HIC accommodation page for details on how to book HIC’s preferred hotel (Located 700 metres away on foot).

Key dates

Submissions have now closed

Make sure your research, your project, your innovation, your experience, your learnings are a part of the biggest nursing informatics  event on the 2018  calendar.


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.




Sally is a registered nurse who has worked in the field of clinical informatics for the last 12 years advocating the patient journey within eMR. Her passion is driving nursing informatics forwards for her peers. Prior to this she worked for 20 years in a perioperative suite. She additionally holds qualifications in midwifery, health and project management.


Leesa is passionate about public health beginning her career as Registered Nurse and now has than 20 years’ experience in the sector in a variety of roles, including leadership and stakeholder management. Leesa has demonstrated knowledge and experience working in acute, community health and general practice with a commitment to providing primary health services with a person-centered approach.


Carey is a registered nurse and PhD candidate exploring mobile learning and digital professionalism of nurses at point of care. Carey has worked in the health sector for over 30 years, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently a lecturer in health informatics.

Paul Merrett


Paul has had an extensive career in Australia and Internationally in Medical Equipment Sales and Marketing. The product and market focus has been in the Patient monitoring, Clinical Information Systems and Life support equipment. He began his commercial career in Gambro Engstrom, specializing in Acute care fluid replacement, Intensive care Ventilation and anesthesia delivery. This was at a time of market changes from analogue to digital systems, and hence gained a broad experience in the implementation of Clinical information systems in the acute care environment.

Following a year in New Zealand starting direct operations for Datex-Ohmeda, Paul ventured further afield to Singapore as General Manager for South East Asia for Draeger Medical. During this time, Paul was in the epicenter for gaining experience firsthand in Mass casualty Natural Disasters, SARS, Bird and Swine Flus. This enabled Paul to be the sole representative of the Global Medical Equipment Industry at the WHO in Geneva for global pandemia preparedness 2006 -2007.

After completing 18 Months in Tokyo as regional Critical Care Buisness Manager for Draeger Medical, Paul returned to Brisbane, Australia where for 9 years he was Asia Pacific Segment Manager for Patient Monitoring and Respiratory Care for GE Healthcare.

As Ascom expanded its portfolio to focus it applications and digital tools on healthcare, Paul joined Ascom in October last year, to head our Business Development in ANZ.

Robert Nieves


Robert is the VP of Health Informatics for Elsevier Clinical Solutions. He is responsible for leading the global strategic direction for Health Informatics and the Integration, delivery, and optimisation of Elsevier solutions within various HIT platforms. He has over 27 years of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse working in Critical Care, Emergency Services, Community Case Management, Long Term Care and Home Care. He has over 14 years of direct clinical informatics experience in the design and integration of evidence-based content within various electronic health records.

Angela Reed


Angela Reed has a senior nurse leadership position with the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for nursing and midwifery (NIPEC). For the last eight years she has led a regional initiative to transform and improve the way that nurses record care in Northern Ireland across a number of disciplines. This has included driving change to enable standardisation of data sets, setting standards for practice and transformation of the person-centred care planning process.


Joanne is the Principal Nursing Advisor at the Western Australia Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. Joanne has more than 20 years’ experience within health in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Joanne has held a number of senior leadership roles and has experience within health workforce, reform and project management.


Jenny is a registered nurse who has worked in clinical telehealth for 3 years and is responsible for encouraging and supporting teams with the implementation of telehealth services wherever clinically appropriate. Jenny came into telehealth from a background as cancer nurse coordinator in gynaeoncology where she set up the first gynaeoncology telehealth service in Australia, allowing women to remain within their local communities for their initial specialist consultation


A Clinical Leadership and Health Informatics Professional with 30 years’ experience in Hospitals and Public Sector Organisations, I have developed my professional practice to include the governance, design, development and deployment of health information technology (HIT) strategies and technologies. I have strong skills in the provision of strategic advice, clinical governance, HIT quality and safety standards, HIT safety governance, clinical useability, stakeholder engagement, project design and vendor management with a resultant track record of timely and effective implementations, achieving substantial improvements in patient care and outcomes. In addition to leading key streams of state-wide Programs, I have played key roles in establishing design assurance and support functions and winning buy-in across the sector for our work.

With more than two decade’s experience as a Registered Nurse before moving into eHealth, I am able to apply my understanding of health systems and practice not just to optimise technology design and roll-out, but to act as an effective agent of change, building engagement and momentum around transformational programs.

I believe that eHealth is the future of a well-functioning health system and has the greatest potential to save lives and reduce patient harm. I have dedicated my career to the development and promotion of health informatics as both a discipline and a tool and was recently shortlisted for a Churchill Fellowship in the area of HIT safety governance


Ken has extensive experience applying technology to save time and money for healthcare providers and is in the process improve the care experience for patients and clinicians. In 2017, Ken and Personify Care were 1 of 3 Australian organisations invited by the Texas Medical Centre to bring their applications to the US.


David is a Research Scientist at the CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre. His background is in the fields of e-health, human-computer interaction and social robotics. His ongoing research focus is to expand current understanding of technology in a socially-assistive context, including the design, development, implementation and evaluation of e-health services.


Manali was one of the Registered Nurses heavily involved in recruiting project participants and delivering Memory Wellness programs in Tasmania. Manali’s work focuses on using technology to facilitate clinically designed and tested specialist health programs. These wellness programs enable older people’s independence in regional, rural and remote Australia.


Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA)

NIA 2018 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 2018 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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