Leadership

Join HISA leadership

Interested in taking a more active or leadership role within HISA? We welcome your participation as a volunteer, or as a supporter and leader through our State Committees or as a valued member of the national Board of Directors. HISA is a not-for-profit membership organisation governed by its Constitution and with an AGM usually held during the national conference.

HISA board

Dr David Hansen

Dr David Hansen

Chair

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Leigh Donoghue

Leigh Donoghue

Vice Chair

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Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay

Secretary

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Philip Robinson

Philip Robinson

Treasurer

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Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson

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Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

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Dr John Lambert

Dr John Lambert

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Prof Trish Williams

Prof Trish Williams

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HISA CEO

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Check out Louise’s talk at Medicine X, Stanford School of Medicine (Sep 2012)

Dr Louise Schaper is an innovator and a change agent who doesn’t sit still and whose passion and enthusiasm for health informatics is shaping a new future for HISA. Her appointment as CEO came on the back of 10 years of experience in, and applied passion for, health informatics. With a background as an occupational therapist and a PhD on technology acceptance amongst healthcare professionals, Louise is a world leader in allied health informatics and is intimately connected to Australia’s substantial health reform efforts, where e-health is a key enabler to achieving high quality, safe, sustainable and patient-centred care. In addition to her leadership of HISA, Louise was on the Advisory Board for Stanford Medicine X 2013 conference, has been part of NEHTA’s Clinical Leads team and previously chaired the E-Health International Advisory Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Staff

Renny Conroy

Renny Conroy

Events Assistant

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Alexandra Dewhirst

Alexandra Dewhirst

Conference and Events Manager

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Dr Josie Di Donato PhD

Dr Josie Di Donato PhD

Advocacy & Leadership Director

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Miroslav Dzoic

Miroslav Dzoic

Membership & Professional Development Officer

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Sharlene Gunatilake

Sharlene Gunatilake

Conference and Events Director

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Jan Hobson

Jan Hobson

Web Developer

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Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt

Communications, Marketing & Engagement Director

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Biba Ignjatovic

Biba Ignjatovic

Creative Director

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Val Issa

Val Issa

Digital Media Coordinator

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Kristal Kitto

Kristal Kitto

Memberships and Corporate Services Manager

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Desiree McNeile McCormick

Desiree McNeile McCormick

Workforce Program Manager

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Greg Moran

Greg Moran

Strategy and Business Development Director

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Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips

Workforce and Professional Advancement Director

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Aydin Rahmi

Aydin Rahmi

Financial Accountant

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Meera Rajagopal

Meera Rajagopal

Marketing Manager

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David Rowlands

David Rowlands

Chief Health Informatician

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Dr Louise Schaper PhD

Dr Louise Schaper PhD

CHIA FACHI, HISA CEO

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Kavan Threadgold

Kavan Threadgold

Head of Partnerships

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Belinda Yasar

Belinda Yasar

Conference and Events Manger

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State committees

New South Wales leadership

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, CHIA
Chair

Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 44 years, originally as a registered nurse and most recently the inaugural Director of Digital Health & Innovation in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is committed to supporting major health reform through digital health initiatives, and has an interest in how data and information are used by clinicians at the point of care and how data analytics impacts on health outcomes and efficiency of health service delivery.he has been associated with HISA for two decades, fulfilling current secretarial obligations for the HISA board and Nursing Informatics Australia, as well as chairperson responsibilities for the NSW Branch. Jen became a CHIA in early 2014, and is the chair of the CHIA Examination Committee. She is keen to actively contribute to NSW HISA activities to influence the positive uptake of digital health by clinicians.

David Roffe
Vice Chair

As the Chief Information Officer for the NSW based St Vincent’s Health Australia Public and Private Hospitals, I am passionate about patient care. Every day at St Vincent’s we strive to apply the disciplines of engineering, computer science and health informatics to enhance the safety and quality of the care we provided to clients, patients and staff in all our facilities. As a Board member of HISA (NSW) I will endeavour to provide opportunities for anyone interested in Health Informatics to share learnings and challenges in an open and welcoming setting.

Alan Hamden
Secretary

I have thirteen years of diverse project and consultancy experience, in addition to an engineering background, which together has afforded me a rich mix of skills and a successful track record. I have developed a combination of business experience, technical understanding, interpersonal skills, and leadership initiative. I have led many Healthcare IT projects locally and internationally. Currently providing consultation on several Healthcare IT projects and volunteering with the PMI-Sydney chapter, as an Associate Director for Technology. I am PRINCE2, PMI-RMP, PMP, Project+ and ex-CPHIM certified. I have a passion for training and continuous learning. I am also in the process of scheduling CHIA certification. My passion for healthcare and giving back to the community is the main driver to join HISA. I have a lot to offer the NSW community to support and shape the state’s present and future eHealth agenda and promote digital health.

Heidi Bjering

Heidi Bjering is a lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University (WSU), where her teaching interests are in the areas of XML and Web Development, Systems Analysis and Design and Health Informatics. She has been involved in developing and delivering the WSU Health Informatics program, an interest that developed during her research Masters degree which dealt with temporal aspects of health data. More currently she has been involved with terminology and data representation issues in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her PhD research she is investigating how IT can be used to support good health in the elderly, and is exploring ways to include older adults in the conception and design of these gerontechnology systems. Heidi has been a member of HISA NSW’s committee for the last 10 years, and would like the opportunity to continue to help create an engaging community of health informaticians.

Dr Jon Carrano

Advocating on behalf of NSW members, enhancing communication and expanding the range of events offered locally, remain my priorities as an active member of the NSW Committee. Over the past decade I have contributed to enhancing health informatics and I’ve been involved in various capacities supporting HISA conferences and events. I’m also a current member of the HISA Precision Medicine Community of Practice Steering Committee. My initial career was in hospital-based & university medical research and biotech. I then spent over two decades in the commercial sector, in healthcare related software and services, as local General Manager for US companies. I was primarily focused on clinical trials solutions but more recently found myself involved in My Health Record. I now manage my own company, tailoring overseas solutions for local requirements - working with local start-ups, public and private healthcare organisations. I’m a graduate of AICD and an active member of multiple societies across life sciences & technology. I seek to foster synergies to improve seamless data interchange and achieve coordinated healthcare delivery.

Dr Amandeep Hansra

I am passionate about connecting the needs of every day healthcare practitioners with the possibilities of Digital Health. I’m a practicing GP as well as having spent 10 years in the Digital Health space from establishing telemedicine services, both in Australia and internationally, to major reviews of Australia’s ehealth infrastructure. I have a Fellowship of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australasian College of Health Informatics. I sit on the RACGP Expert Committee for eHealth and Practice Management and work as a Clinical Reference Lead for ADHA. I am committed to the growth of the Digital Health Workforce and support the creative careers of other healthcare practitioners through the Creative Careers in Medicine organisation which has grown in the space of one year to 4000 members. My goal is to bring more healthcare practitioners along on the journey of Digital Health innovation and transformation. I welcome the opportunity bring a unique and fresh perspective to HISA.

Christopher Lemon

As a 2019-2020 Committee member, my vision for HISA NSW involves 3 interlinked areas of growth:

  1. Clinician engagement. Being a practicing doctor, I have observed an underrepresentation of clinicians at NSW HISA events. In 2019-20, I will help shape HISA events and initiatives to support clinicians wanting to drive innovation within NSW Health. HISA should be the peak advisor for clinicians trying to navigate the challenges of the NSW health system to bring the full potential of health technology to their patients.
  2. Skilling for start-ups. During my Masters in eHealth and work with the World Health Organisation, I learned about research and design in health informatics - but I still have no idea about start-ups! HISA NSW is linked to the most disruptive IT innovators. Lets bring them together to inspire and empower others to learn how to get ideas off the ground and onto your iPhone.
  3. Increasing Junior Membership. Young people are passionate about technology, yet the HISA youth agenda is still emerging. Using my teaching roles at universities and medical leadership positions, I seek to position HISA NSW as a key player in recruiting talent into the health informatics field. Some of the best apps originated in high schools, and HISA NSW should recognise and grow this potential!
Jeremy Roach

Jeremy is driven by improving patient outcomes and the patient experience - smart digitalisation and de-siloing of healthcare and aligning purposeful technologies to aid the clinical workflow. Building awareness of the importance of well-rounded clinical leadership and clinician engagement in digital health and clinical informatics is pivotal. His appointment to the Clinical Informatics Community of Practice Steering Committee and joint authorship on the Allied Health whitepaper reflects this commitment. He maintains his Pharmacy registration, with mental health advance practice qualifications, is a CBAP and a CHIA. Digital health transformations are Jeremy's focus – his roles expand across NSW in oral health, critical care and community health settings (clinical documentation and medication management), clinical system safety, and clinical terminology. His current appointment is with the Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW. He has a significant interest in leveraging robotic process automation, codesign and interoperability standards to deliver clinical and business objectives.

A/Prof Simon Poon

Simon K. Poon is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney specialising in Health Informatics Research. He is a cross?disciplinary researcher with training in diverse disciplines including Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Management, Information Systems and Public Health. His research interests encompass the interaction of health and technology. With the increasing shift towards collaborative healthcare and the increase in the use of digital technologies, one of Simon's key research agenda is to foster methodological advances in health technology evaluation. One aspect is about developing qualitative and quantitative methods and tools to assess impacts of health technologies in complex organisational settings. The other aspect is to identify and evaluate factors that affect the successful adoption of health technologies. His ongoing effort in collaboration with clinical colleagues is to validate practical measurement models that could reflect on technological, organisational and environmental issues for digital health adoption in hospital and community settings. He is also interested in developing practical artificial intelligent tools for medical screening and monitoring. His recent research work includes using machine learning to explore the relationships between blood pressure variability and risk of stroke, new features for dementia screening and classifications of footstep patterns for fall prevention. Simon has also published extensively in the emerging area of complementary and integrative medicine. Simon is currently the director of a multi?disciplinary postgraduate program: Master of Health Technology Innovation (MHTI). He also holds honorary positions with the Sydney Business School and NSW Local Health Districts. He has been supervising research students from a variety of disciplines including Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy we well as Business. Prior to his academic career, he had worked in the banking and Aviation industry for 7 years and completed commercial pilot training at the British Aerospace Flying College in the UK. My hope is to foster synergies between research, education, practice and policies.

Louise Van Der Kraan

HISA provides such valuable opportunities for members and the healthcare industry to engage. This is something I am passionate about, to help progress initiatives that support the digital evolution of healthcare services. From frontline clinical applications through to digital platforms supporting connected ecosystems. The engagement and momentum we are seeing across the region is inspiring. With 17 years’ experience, in local and global teams, I work with technology and healthcare domain specialists to understand market requirements and articulate how technology enabled solutions assist healthcare organisations meet their objectives and improve service delivery for national, state and local health district care coordination programs. With your support, I would greatly value the opportunity to once again draw on my experience of marketing, communication and collaboration with cross-sector stakeholders to work with members of the HISA NSW Executive Committee to plan and provide engaging and relevant educational sessions that benefit our members and the broader e-health community.

Queensland leadership

Louise Hayes, CHIA
Chair

Louise Hayes is a keen digital health enthusiast and inaugural CHIA, working in a large tertiary hospital as a digital health executive in Queensland Health. Passionate about progressing the digital health agenda, Louise joined the HISA Queensland Branch in June 2018 and was elected Chair of the committee. In the past 12 months Louise and the HISAQ committee have hosted five Queensland Branch events across a range of topics, trialled Facebook livestreaming of the events to open the audience base to the broader Queensland digital health community, and sought out new venues to host the events. Providing opportunities for sharing of knowledge across the digital health landscape in Queensland is what Louise is keen to continue.

Susan Smith, CHIA
Vice Chair

I am a Health Practitioner at Qld Health Metro North HHS. 30 years’ experience including Therapeutic Tissue Banking, Clinical Registries and Outcomes monitoring, Epidemiology and Clinical Research has given me a broad perspective of our healthcare system. My experiences reinforce my passion for science and recognition of the significance of Health Informatics and the better use of data as underpinning evidence-based, patient-centred improvements to our health system and clinical care. My particular focus is on the use of analytics to inform clinical decision-making, Health Service management and clinical innovation. I am dedicated to broadening this recognition amongst our colleagues and higher decision-makers, and supporting the roles and developing competencies of all Health Informaticians to enable the improvement of our Healthcare Systems. I am a member of Qld Health’s Digital Healthcare Improvement Clinical Network, Statewide Digital Research Clinical Network and Metro North Digital Research Working Group and have been on HISAQ’s Exec for nearly a decade and I hope to have the privilege of continuing my contribution to HISAQ over the coming term.

David O'Driscoll, CHIA
Secretary

I bring a strong business focus to my work in health informatics, have spent the better part of the last 35 years translating between highly technical domains and those of business and consumers, in health and other fields. Having graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course this year has improved my insights into governance across several sectors, including voluntary roles. With more than 10 years working on health projects and as part of the national digital health agenda, I am keen to continue to play an active role within the informatics community. I have recertified as a CHIA, am part of the CHIA Examination Committee, was recently accepted as a MACHI, and for the last 12 months been Secretary for the HISA Queensland Branch. I hope to continue working with the HISA Qld Branch to deliver informative State events and promote health informatics here in Queensland.

Gil Carter

Fresh thinking and an inclusive approach are consistent themes in Voronoi Principal, Gil’s engagement style. Programs he has led in domains such as health and child safety have developed and delivered game-changing new systems to improve and strengthen service delivery. Gil is creative and inspiring with strong communication skills, and is a regular contributor and presenter at industry conferences and events. During his career, he has commercialised a high-tech start-up, worked in large scientific research, built crypto software and established significant national capabilities in eHealth. He is an expert in making complex things work well, and looks forward to big challenges. With strong skills in major sector reform, program design and delivery, Gil has over 25 years’ experience in sectors such as health, education, mining, finance and human service delivery programs. Gil can work from senior executive engagement through to frontline technical or business service delivery. He has a strong track record of working in business-led transformation initiatives, where new capabilities can be co-designed, planned and then rapidly implemented with strong results.

Reuben Daniels, CHIA

I am an ICT professional and independent consultant with expertise in health informatics, architecture, strategy and implementation. Over the past ten years I have made a significant contribution to the development and adoption of national and state-wide digital health solutions in Australia including the My Health Record System, the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS), Real-Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM), and e-Prescribing. I am also an active volunteer standards developer in HL7 International (co-chair of the Vocabulary work group), HL7 Australia (co-chair of the Child Health work group), and SNOMED International. I value HISA’s role in the Australian health informatics community and have enjoyed serving as a member of the Queensland State committee over the past two years. In particular, assisting with event organisation and promoting the CHIA certification. I am keen to continue to contribute in this capacity and progressing the important work of the committee and HISA. .

Dr Nadish Kariyawasam, CHIA

I am currently working as the A/Director of Clinical Governance for Central West HHS of Queensland Health, based in Longreach. My substantive position is Manager Health Informatics in this outback health service. Trained both as a medical doctor and health informatician, I spearheaded several initiatives both in Sri Lanka and in the Central West for development, dissemination and active takeup of Health Informatics within the public health sector. I was the treasurer of the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka before moving to Australia. I am a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) and a Fellow of Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI). I worked in the branch committee of HISAQ during the year 2018/19. My re-election to the committee will ensure participation from remote and very remote areas of the State. Further, I will be able to contribute my knowledge, experience and dedication for the betterment of the Health Informatics field.

Dr Hugo Leroux

In my role as senior research scientist at the Australian eHealth Research centre, my focus is on providing the necessary framework to assist the clinicians in providing the appropriate level of care to their patients by implementing health system infrastructure that facilitate the seamless flow and promote more effective integration of clinical data from disparate sources. During my six year tenure on the HISA QLD branch committee, I have drawn upon my passion for clinical system interoperability and data linkage to influence the debate on the correct approaches to transforming the delivery of health care and improving patients’ outcomes. Consequently, I have been involved in organising several state events. My key motivation in continuing to serve on the HISA QLD committee is to foster the dialogue between the research community, health informaticians and health-care providers to drive innovation in health care delivery and in the management of clinical data to improve the patients’ health care journey.

Ann Maree Liddy

I have 29 years’ experience working across the health sector, spanning not-for-profit, public sector, hospitals, primary health care and academia, including the past eighteen years as Chief Executive Officer of CheckUP Australia. I have served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past 4 years and am keen to continue my involvement with the HISA community. I bring in-depth knowledge and experience of health informatics development and innovation across the primary health and community sectors. I have played a leadership role in fostering the implementation of a significant range of e-health and health informatics initiatives. I have a very broad network of individual and organisational contacts spanning the health and community services sector. Many of these organisations are making significant advances in health informatics and digital innovation. I would welcome the opportunity to ensure these organisations are linked to the HISA health informatics community in Queensland.

Marian Linnane

I am a Registered Nurse and Midwife with tertiary qualifications in Nursing, Education, Information Systems, and Management and extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of clinical services, management and leadership of hospital and health services and strategic planning and delivery of eHealth initiatives. I am the NIA representative to the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) and am currently the Chair of CoNNMO Council. Hosting the international IMIA NIA Conference in Brisbane in 2020 along with HIC 2020 will provide many opportunities for HISA Q members and the broader health care community to engage in professional development activities and raise awareness of health informatics. If elected to the HISA Queensland Committee, it would be a privilege to work with and support these initiatives.

South Australia leadership

Mark Brommeyer, CHIA
Chair

I am an independent e-health consultant with over thirty years’ experience in healthcare, e-health strategy, change, training and risk management. I am passionate about healthcare improvement and reform enabled by ICT. I have provided health informatics consultancies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, England, Ireland and Wales. I am the immediate past Chair, HISA Queensland Branch and am the Chair of the CHIA Board. I am committed to increasing Certification for Health Informaticians in Australasia (CHIA) and have developed a Health Informatics course which I deliver in China, Singapore and Australia for Flinders University Master of Health Administration award. I am keen to make further, valuable contributions to digital health in Australia and commit to engage actively as a HISA South Australia State Branch member across health informatics education, advocacy, standards, representation and governance.

Christopher Radbone
Vice Chair

I have over 40 years experience in Information Management and Technology across the non-for-profit, government, university and private sectors in Australia and UK. In the late 80s as SA State Manager for Rx Medical (Healthcare), which at the time (pre Medical Director) was the largest GP software in use with over 700 practices nationally, and at KPMG consulted on health, medical ie Clinpath Pathology, financial and GIS systems. Career highlights include:

  • Currently leading the establishment and operation of SA NT DataLink, the authorised data linkage system for South Australia and Northern Territory; negotiating release & use of > 50 sensitive and privacy protected data sources for policy analysis, evaluation and research.
  • Project managed HealthConnect SA’s design of shared electronic health records across private, public, GP and Aged Care in South Australia.
  • At the Government Reform Commission, chaired by former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss, worked with Dr Tom Stubbs improving the South Australian Public Service. Led negotiation establishing the www.sa.gov.au South Australian Government Regions.

I am the Australian Computer Society (ACS) State Chair and Congress Representative, and as an ethically driven professional I am able to manage conflicts of interest that may arise.

Natalie Turner
Secretary

Natalie currently works as a Nurse Educator with the EMR Implementation and Business Change team. Natalie has clinical background in orthopaedic nursing and infection prevention and control. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Orthopaedics) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Her work is currently focused on providing education and training, managing the EMR training environment, and developing learning materials - including eLearning. During her 12 years of experience in health, Natalie has developed a passion for eHealth, education, and professional development. Natalie’s goals, working with the HISA SA Branch, are to raise the profile of HISA in South Australia and to help facilitate professional development opportunities. People working in the South Australia health sector are ready for upskilling and I see the HISA SA Branch shaping the future of health informatics here.

Paul Broadbridge

Current Positions:
- Chief Executive, Digital Bridge Consulting
- Expert Advisory Council, Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCANH)
- Health Leader-in-Residence, World Health Innovation Network Mr. Paul Broadbridge is a procurement, supply chain and business improvement leader who has worked at a State and National level in the Australian Healthcare system for over 12 years leading ‘whole of system’ initiatives to improve healthcare system outcomes. He has held numerous leadership roles to bring the healthcare community together to ensure that system change focuses not just on the what, but the why. Paul works both nationally and globally in the healthcare industry to develop collaborative relationships that bring industry together to deliver tangible improvements to the way procurement and supply chain supports healthcare. This is through a combination of advocacy, strategy, business development, and program management. Paul is passionate about driving change in healthcare, and through his former roles as Chief Digital Supply Chain Officer in the Australian Digital Health Agency, and Deputy Director, Procurement and Supply Chain Management for South Australia Health he has had the unique opportunity to lead programs of work to develop a digital health supply chain strategy for Australia, leading a whole of State (Province) transformation program to transition the organisation to a centre led model and increase the utilisation of identification and traceability standards (GS1) and solutions across the industry.

Jason Billing

Jason is a new member to HISA, joining in 2018. Health care data is vital to inform improved outcomes for patients and our health care services and Jason values the opportunities that the HISA community can bring to improve data management when members share experience and advice. Jason has experience in many industries, most recently working in SA Health ICT and reporting roles for over 15 years and is currently a part of SA Health’s EMR rollout. Jason can see the huge potential of the underlying EMR collected data to provide a basis for many exciting data focused projects in the future and the value add to these projects through collaboration with other digit health community members. Jason is honoured to be a part of the SA HISA committee and is looking forward to the opportunities HISA can bring to the South Australian health data community.

Dr Peter Del Fante

Dr Peter Del Fante is a part-time General Practitioner in private practice (Adelaide), Public Health Physician and Clinical Informatician with extensive experience in Digital Health, Integrated Models of Care, Preventative Care, Health Data Analytics and Telehealth. He was a Clinical Governance Lead with the National eHealth Transition Authority since 2008, and is now a Senior Clinical Reference Lead with the Australian Digital Health Agency. He has been involved with all aspects of the National Digital Health Agenda, including the My Health Record. He has also been instrumental in the development of digital tools that support coordinated care, as well as data analytics and mapping (GIS) tools to support CQI in general practice and population health management systems. These were all put to use in his role as Clinical Lead for the National McKinsey Integrated Diabetes Care Project. His aspiration is to ensure an integrated, innovative, and digitally supported health care ecosystems to optimise health & wellbeing, and empower people & communities so as to enable their futures. Qualifications: BSc, DipCompSc, MBBS (Hons), MSc (Public Health) FRACGP FAFPHM FACHI GAICD

Prof Mark Mackay

I am the inaugural Professor in Health Service Management at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Prior to joining to UniSA, I was Head of the Flinders University Health Care Management Program. I am passionate about ensuring the next generation of health care managers and leaders are able to capitalise on the developments in informatics in order to improve the health system and continue to achieve improved health outcomes. I am keen to contribute to establishment and growth of HISA in South Australia. I have more than 25 years of experience in the application of multi-disciplinary applied research projects in various industries, including the health sector. I have a particular interest in the application of data and modelling to improve decision-making, particularly in the health sector. To this end, I collaborate with colleagues in Australia, the UK and Canada in using modelling, along with design and systems thinking to improve the health system. Mark has worked in a number of industries, including health, education and finance, and has also runs a consulting company with his business partner.

Prof Anthony Maeder, CHIA

My background is Software Engineering (PhD MonashU 1992) with an academic career in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering, and Health Informatics since 2004. I have extensive leadership experience including Research Director, CSIRO Australian E-Health Research Centre, and WSU Telehealth Research & Innovation Laboratory Director. I strongly believe that SA’s HISA Branch needs re-establishing. With SA Health rapidly developing enthusiasm for health technologies and major research activities driven by SAHMRI/universities, new industry players see SA as fertile territory for digital health innovation. HISA offers the proven, inclusive stage to collaborate for mutual gain. I would be privileged, as a new South Australian, to lead the reinstatement of a professional body presence and influence through HISA-SA. I would prioritise bringing diverse parties together through speaking/demonstration events and establish a local culture for knowledge sharing and communication. I would approach existing groups in complementary areas (medical devices, cybersecurity) to widen HISA-SA’s scope and increase membership.

Cheng Cheng Ooi

My name is Cheng Cheng Ooi and I am honoured to be under consideration for a position on the HISA SA Branch committee. My pharmacy work experience encompasses community pharmacy, private and public hospital practice. For the last 2 years I have been the Senior Manager - Pharmacy Management Systems in SA Pharmacy. During my PhD study, as part of a project with the CSIRO Preventative Health flagship, a large amount of proteomic data was obtained, but less than 1% of this data was used for my analysis. Since then I have been passionate about meaningful use of health informatics to improve the delivery of healthcare in the digital era. My vision is to better support the SA digital health community by strengthening local connections and networks. I have a positive and open mindset and am a great believer in sharing experience and knowledge, rather than continually reinventing the wheel.

Dr Jan Stanek

I have 20 years of experience in clinical medicine (internal medicine) in different roles ranging from junior physician to head of department in a teaching hospital. In parallel I was actively contributing to research in medical informatics and policy (advisory panel of experts for Minister of Health in Czechoslovakia). In early 90-ties I was involved into introduction of health insurance system in Slovakia. Currently I work as a lecturer/researcher at the University of South Australia, teaching courses on health informatics to health scientists and IT students and doing research in health/clinical informatics. I designed and led several projects in clinical databases (collaboration with Human Variome Project) and GP data analytics (in collaboration with several general practices in SA). In HISA I am interested in promoting clinical informatics as an intersection between clinicians, policy makers, health informatics practitioners, researchers and interested patients to bring the results of research to support clinical practice.

Victoria leadership

Dr Mark Merolli, CHIA
Chair

PhD, B. Physio (Hons), FACHI, CHIA. Mark is a fellow of the Australasian College of Health informatics (FACHI), Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA), and Physiotherapist. He is also a teaching/research academic at the University of Melbourne, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HABIC). Over the last few years, he has spent a significant amount of time developing university education programs in digital health and informatics, and engaging in health informatics workforce advocacy . Mark’s primary background and interests are in clinical and participatory health informatics, and advancing the health informatics workforce. Outside of his engagement Chairing the HISA Vic Committee, he is also Chair of the International Medical informatics Association (IMIA) Participatory Health and Social Media Working Group .

Dr Tim Fazio, CHIA
Vice Chair

Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a Certified Health Informatician of Australasia and has a Master of Information Systems specialising in Health, with a thesis in machine learning. He is currently employed as the Clinical Informatics Lead and Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer at Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he is also employed as a specialist physician. He has served on the HISA State Committee since 2017.Tim has utilised IT to streamline hospital processes, improve patient safety, facilitate research, reduce hospital costs and improve clinician satisfaction. Tim has developed iPhone/iPad applications which have been featured by Apple and mainstream media, founded an eHealth start-up, and served on a variety of community organisation boards.Tim is excited about clinical care, delivering practical eHealth solutions, advocating for eHealth innovation, expanding the eHealth research field and contributing to ongoing education in both clinical and eHealth realms.

A/Prof Paul Cooper, CHIA
Secretary

Over the past 12 months I have contributed to the HISA Vic Committee as an active member (currently Secretary). During this time I have lead or participated in a number of well received local events, helped shape HISA responses to industry issues (such as the MyHealthRecord), provided thought leadership (Ai Ethics) and helped foster closer ties with other industry associations (such as facilitation of the AIIA/HISA AI Ethics Breakfast Event in Queensland). I currently teach Fundamentals of Health Informatics at Deakin University which keeps me grounded in how best to grow future digital health experts, and an am active participant in ACHI discussions which promote the health informatics society and its subject expertise. I look forward to working with Victorian colleagues at HISA to continue to promote the growth of the health informatics community.I look forward to bringing my passion, energy, experience and industry contacts to the committee and am committed to working to the benefit of the HISA community in whatever capacity I can best serve.

Brooke Atkins

I work clinically as a physiotherapist in a community health organisation. I have a strong interest in Australia’s digital health and how it is changing the way health care is accessed and delivered. I’m particularly interested in clinical informatics, big data in health and the ethical and policy frameworks that are being developed around it.I have experience as a committee member, as I am a current member of the Australian Health Promotion Association’s VIC Branch. I am experienced with most duties involved with being an active committee member (briefs, fundraising/promotion events, developing objectives and action plans, chairing, minute-taking etc.) and I am on a working group aimed at career development and opportunities.

Andy Fodor, CHIA

I am passionate about transforming healthcare by providing clinicians with effective tools to deliver safe, high quality and efficient patient care. With over 20 years of experience in the Health IT, I bring a unique blend of nursing and informatics skills. I have implemented and supported numerous clinical information systems across large multi-campus healthcare networks. Recently, I have renewed my CHIA qualification and am a new Member of the Australasian College of Health Informatics.In addition to my acute care experience, I have contributed to the state and national communities by:

  • Presenting at several conferences (2013, 2014, 2018);
  • Reviewing abstract submissions for HIC (2018, 2019); and
  • Advising the DHHS in clinical informatics related activities.

As a nominee for the Victorian State Branch, I would bring my energy and experience to achieve HISA's goals, while encouraging and supporting early to mid-career professionals in their clinical informatics journey.

Dr Isobel Frean, CHIA

I offer my experience of working in non-government and corporate health and care organisations to help in the continued growth and relevance of HISA Victoria. As a nurse informatician, focused on shaping digital transformations, I am keen to combine my passion for workforce development with the important task of normalising informatics competencies. My PhD in health informatics from the University of Wollongong opened my eyes to the inequities in digital health funding, investment and workforce development. Many of these inequities are being eroded. Others, especially in social care, remain opportunities where HISA can make a difference. Through CHIA and other accessible training and support, I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference.

Dr Kunal Verma, CHIA

I am a Cardiologist subspecialising in Genomics, and am excited about translating genomic medicine into clinical practice for all health professionals. Up until recently relegated to the research arena, genomics is fast becoming applicable to all areas of health and is increasingly reliant upon effective utilisation of bioinformatics tools. I am very interested in showing how bioinformatics tools can spread knowledge and uptake of these advances into everyday practice. It is inevitable that genomics becomes integrated into the standard care provided to all patients, and informaticians need to lead this integration. I am a passionate teacher, and love working with people of varied backgrounds. I believe that I bring enthusiasm and expertise that will help shape HISA’s approach to the integration of genomics and other rapidly expanding areas within precision medicine, into the fold of every health care professionals’ working life.

David Wang

One of the best things about Health Informatics for me is that it is dynamic, multi-disciplinary and exciting. I have had the privilege of volunteering at previous HISA conferences, notably HIC18, and I have personally noted the interest amongst student volunteers to be more involved. In 2019, I've been working with HISA to launch a new Student Group, to support, engage, and motivate Health Informaticians of the future. I hope through my experiences as a medical student at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and my connections with the new HISA Student Group, I'll be able to provide a different perspective to the Vic Committee.If elected, I hope to provide the bridging link between future health informaticians and current leaders, and together with the student group, create a stronger Health Informatics community as members progress through their careers from students, to emerging professionals, to CHIAs and future leaders in Health Informatics.

Peter Williams, CHIA

As a foundation Fellow of ACHI and a CHIA I am keen that we do all we can to promote and progress Health Informatics nationally and particularly in my home state of Victoria. I am currently Oracle’s Healthcare Innovator in APAC researching how information and technology is transforming healthcare and the impact that is having on clinicians and consumers. It is an exciting time with the potential of better connected care through telehealth and IOT, the promise of precision medicine, the challenge of artificial intelligence and increasing consumer expectations of autonomy and control. It is essential that the health informatics community keep abreast of and help shape the future of these and other innovations to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals and society. I would appreciate the opportunity to apply my insights and experience in both the public and private sector to assist Council in that task. .

Western Australia leadership

Khye Davey
Chair

An enthusiastic clinician and educator with 13 years’ experience in healthcare facilitating delivery of person centered care both directly as part of interprofessional teams and in support roles through development and facilitation of staff learning in technical and non-technical skills, project management, quality improvement and data management.Khye is particularly passionate about systems thinking, utilising data to effectively and efficiently communicate a story, and UX for clinicians and consumers in the digital health space.

Richard Macliver
Vice Chair

Richard is a Healthcare consultant in PwC's Business and Performance Practice that is passionate about improving and innovating healthcare in Australia and globally. Richard has experience in process mapping, business case development, medical device development, chronic disease management, and clinician stakeholder engagement. Richard has previously worked with Michael Mosley and other doctors in the area of developing sustainable healthcare to individuals/groups with diseases of lifestyle. Richard aims to change healthcare in Australia to a more patient focused system that provides rewards quality outcomes rather than fee for service. He also believe that technology, innovation and entrepreneurship will play a vital role in the continued improvement of the healthcare system.

Nigel Chartres, CHIA

Nigel is a consultant, futures strategist and systems thinker, with extensive experience in all aspects of management, business planning, stakeholder engagement, project management and solutions delivery. Nigel is a member of:
- The Australian Computer Society (ACS);
- The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA); and
- Records & Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA).
Nigel has applied his formal training and his extensive practical experience, to supporting and promoting the value of health informatics throughout the health sector. Nigel has proactively worked to secure greater recognition for and to establish a more significant presence for the discipline in Western Australia. Nigel is seeking support to continue as a member of the HISA WA Branch Committee so that he can work with all members to continue to grow the WA Branch and advance the benefits of the health informatics discipline for all.

Dr Ali Fardinpour

Dr Ali Fardinpour is an Immersive Technologies research scientist and the founder and Executive Director of Wise Realities Institute for Healthcare Emerging Technologies Research, a health promotion charity focused on immersive technologies as therapeutic and educational tools. Ali has been conducting research on computer simulations and immersive technologies for more than a decade in education and healthcare. In March 2019, Ali brought Healthcare Immersive Technologies into the spotlight, on executive and decision makers’ level, for the first time in Western Australia by holding the Inaugural Healthcare Immersive Technologies Symposium. Ali is deeply passionate about helping those challenged by health issues through innovation; enabling young researchers and innovators to grow; and contributing to the future of healthcare, as a human right, to be equally accessible and affordable for all. Ali aims to lead the field towards the future through state-wide, national and international constructive community-led research collaborations. He is seeking to mentor the next generation of health researchers and innovators with a deep understanding of both technology and health. Ali has established Wise Realities as a platform for the health services, academic institutions, medical research institutions, start-ups and communities to have access to centralised synergic research & development and technological resources to advance the quality of care through collaboration and innovation.

Simon Jennings

My name is Simon Jennings and I am an IT professional with many years’ experience in healthcare. In the UK I worked for the NHS and since arriving in WA I have worked across Fiona Stanley Hospital on the Digital Medical Record and then the closed loop medication management solution, the ICT Commissioning of Perth Children's Hospital, the opening of Berwick hospital for St. John of God and I now work for the Silver Chain Group as the Director of Core Digital Platforms. I am also a sessional academic at Curtin University. I have a passion for informatics and would like to contribute the experience I have gained in the introduction of new technologies and processes into healthcare, along with exploring the opportunities these systems bring for big data and subsequent benefits. I also would like to contribute thoughts about how we should be equipping the next generation of health professionals to operate in this new and complex digital world.

Prof Yogesan Kanagasingam

Prof Yogesan is the Research Director at the Australian e-Health research Centre. He is one of the finalists of the Australian of the Year awards in 2015 for his contribution to the advancement of medical science and his work around bringing eye care to the underserved communities around the world. He is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard University and a professor at the school of Medicine, University of Notre Dame. Prof Yogesan was the past President of the Australasian Telehealth Society and one of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health. His team developed the first non-invasive eye test for Alzheimer’s disease. He has won WA inventor of the year awards and developed a multi award winning telemedicine platform for ophthalmology called Remote-I. This system is now used in China in Guangdong Province catering 100 million people. He has been involved with many start-up companies such as OIS from California and Lifeguard Mobile from Silicon Valley USA. He got a patent portfolio of more than 35 patents and published more than 150 articles.

Matthew Painter, CHIA

In the 10 years that I have been a part of the healthcare industry here in Australia, I have seen some truly marvellous innovations in health informatics that have improved clinical practice and patient outcomes. In that same time, I have also seen and learned from some of our industry’s most misfortunate ventures in health information technology. We are all acutely aware of the cost of healthcare as we are in the power of technology to create dramatic, disruptional change for the better. I believe in challenging long-held beliefs and giving a voice to health informatics, both locally and nationally. Having served the Western Australian community through executive roles for HISA and HIMAA as well as having coordinated the Health Information Management degree at Curtin University, I am now seeking your endorsement to represent our professional interests as the WA State Chair.

Beth Sperring

Beth works in the Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service at RPH. She is a senior nurse clinician with extensive knowledge and experience in Plastic Surgery and wound care. Since 1990 she has worked alongside rural and remote clinicians, aiming to improve clinical knowledge and patient access to specialist services and outcomes. She has published articles on both wound management and Telehealth. In 2007 she was instrumental in establishing the multidisciplinary Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service which is currently the biggest OPD Telehealth Service in WA. Her knowledge and experience in working with Telehealth is considerable. Given the recommendations from the Sustainable Health Review, Telehealth will become a focus in making sustainable changes to WA health.

Yvonne Zardins

Yvonne is an experienced healthcare and management professional with a strong background in accounting and finance, having held a variety of clinical, operational and project management roles within WA Health since 2003. As Registered Nurse, Yvonne has worked in rural WA and tertiary hospitals in Perth. Working for WA Country Health Service, Yvonne was integral in establishing the Emergency Telehealth Service, beginning with 8 pilot sites in 2012 and expanding the service to over 75 rural and remote sites by 2017. While working with quality improvement methodologies with the WA Clinical Service Redesign Program, Yvonne developed a passion for CQI and an appreciation of the power of data. She continues to promote quality improvement as a sessional academic at Curtin University and is keen to support the development of health informatics in WA. Yvonne has a Masters in Health Administration and currently works with healthcare software in the community and hospital sectors.