NIA 2017 is Australia’s only dedicated event featuring nursing informatics presentations – AND it has an impressive 20+ year history!

Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in NIA 2017, Australia’s Nursing Informatics Conference, to be held at the Rydges on Southbank on Sunday 6 August 2017. This year’s theme is Consumer participation and the nurse’s role in the digital future.


Christine Giles

Chief Executive Officer
Portland District Health

BIO »Chief Executive Officer with 15+ years’ experience improving healthcare outcomes, creating organisations cultures that inspire curiosity and innovation, leading organisations through healthcare reform, and developing award winning best model of care programs and initiatives to achieve greater efficiencies and effectiveness. Exceptional change agent acknowledged for ability to bring strategic focus to roles, work with community to create a vision, and motivate individuals to operationalize and deliver that vision. Recognised as a strong advocate and early adopter of technologies that change the way our patients work collaboratively with clinicians to improve their health and well-being and enjoy the best quality of life they can. Portland District Health is a digital organisation leading the way in South West Victoria providing the right information, in the right place, at the right time to ensure safe high quality care for our patients. In a health informatics journey that commenced Frankston Hospital using a DOS based system and dot matrix printer in the 1980s, progressed across three states and five health services steadily building to the point that some nurses at Portland District Health have never seen paper medical records and see the workstation on wheels (WOW) as normal clinical equipment. Known around the South West as Gadget Girl – if you want to know the latest in technology for CEOs in health ask Chris

Cheryl McCullagh

Director of Clinical Integration
The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

BIO »Cheryl has worked in Health for over 25 years, including roles in nursing, research, education and senior management, in adult and paediatric specialist referral hospitals in Adelaide and Sydney, Australia. She has a Diploma in Applied Science, a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Health Service Management, and is a Student of Lean. Cheryl moved from Adelaide in 2001 to take up senior management roles at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW where she worked as Director of Clinical Operations. In 2011, with the formation of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN), she commenced a new role as Director of Clinical Integration for SCHN. Key responsibilities include Clinical leadership for e-health Strategy and Adoption, clinical data collections and analytics, health records, Reporting, Activity Based Funding (ABF), and Efficiency and Revenue sustainability. Cheryl has a focus on developing people and their processes, to evolve health models which can rapidly adapt to changing environments for service delivery, fair resource allocation, efficiency, equitable access, consumer participation, and innovation in Health services. For further information contact–
[email protected]

Health Informatics puts patients first by providing the right information in the right place at the right time allowing clinicians make informed supported decisions to achieve safe high quality outcomes, the Portland journey.

Nursing, as the largest workforce in health needs to be informed and involved to better use and evolve systems of safety, quality, service and health information insight.

Alana Henderson

Managing Director

BIO »After several years of working in health services, Alana established her consultancy company in 1990. With a strong background in adult education and management she focused her business services on career development, interview training across all occupations, and writing and editing business documents. In 2011, she suffered a stroke and shortly after was diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. This was complicated by obesity. After a traumatic hospitalisation, Alana took control of her own recovery using project management principles used by engineers. She achieved extraordinary results. Her book ‘Out of the Fog: Adventures Through Lifestyle Change’ narrates her incredible journey to a quality life, from stroke to pole fitness.

Luke Hutley

Nursing Consultant
Trend Care Systems

BIO »Luke Hutley is a registered nurse who completed his Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University in 1994. For 15 years, Luke worked as a clinical nurse in a range of surgical specialties in a number of public and private hospitals, during which time he also completed a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing at Central Queensland University. Luke was introduced to the nursing informatics field in 2006, when he accepted the role of TrendCare Coordinator at a large multi-hospital campus in Brisbane, and has been working in the field for most of the time since then. Luke is currently a Senior Nurse Consultant for Trend Care Systems, Australia, having worked for the company since 2009. His focus is on empowering nursing and health services to utilise patient-based data to influence resourcing and policy decisions.

Better communication between clinicians and patients will yield functional assessment data and improved treatment outcomes.

Putting the patient’s needs first: The role of acuity measurement in redefining nursing workloads around patient’s requirement for nursing service.

Carey Boyce

Clinical Application Specialist
Emerging Systems – A Telstra Health Company

BIO »Carey has been involved in the implementation of solutions in the hospital environment in a variety of roles, for over 7 years. Prior to that, she practiced clinically as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, and was involved in nursing research and Midwifery education. Carey has a love for effective change management, and the support of staff through technological changes and advances.

Melanie Ford

Marketing and Pre Sales Manager
Emerging Systems – A Telstra Health Company

BIO »Melanie has been a Clinician for over 30 years and for the last 20 has been involved in the implementation and pre-sales of solutions both in the Asia Pacific Region, Europe and the Middle East. Melanie is a past board member (state and national) of the Health Informatics Society of Australia. She holds Graduate Degrees in the Arts and Education and a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She is passionate about the role technology can provide to our industry to enhance workflow, improve care efficiency and client wellbeing.

What do we do when the paper won’t go away?

What do we do when the paper won’t go away?

Neil Harris

EMR Manager
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

BIO »Neil Harris, EMR Manager, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

Adrian Hutchinson

Chief Nursing and Allied Health Information Officer
Royal Children’s Hospital

BIO »Adrian Hutchinson, Chief Nursing and Allied Health Information Officer, Royal Children’s Hospital.

The value of Medical Device Integration


To download a PDF of the full program please click the program button. If you are unable to download please email [email protected]


moya_logoThe 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.


HISA Member* (i) $345
Non-member $395
Presenter $295
Student Member* (i) $150
Student Non-member^ (i) $200

The below registration fees will allow you to register for NIA only. If you wish to register for HIC as well please click here


Sunday 6 August 2017

Podium Room 1 and 2, Rydges on Southbank, 9 Glenelg Street, Brisbane 4000

Parking & Directions
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NIA 2017 has been accredited by the following organisations. You are required to sign in at the beginning of the day at the registration desk so that we can provide you with a certificate of attendance after the conference. However each accredited organisation may still require you to self-record and register your hours with them post conference.

Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

This conference is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated up to 24 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard. Click here for more information.

Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA)

NIA 2017 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 2017 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.


Lis Herbert


Elizabeth Cummings

Vice Chair

Donna Barton


Joanne Foster


Marian Linnane
Sharon Downman
Bryan Macdonald