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.
Dr David Hansen
David is the current Chair of the HISA Board for the past 2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed working with the HISA staff and fellow Board Directors. He is proud and excited about the new initiatives that the board has introduced for members – such as professional certification (CHIA), the webinar series, growth in the HIC conference and our advocacy and leadership efforts. The state branches and SIGs have never been stronger or more active. These and soon-to-be-announced initiatives are thanks to HISA’s active, engaged and growing membership.
HISA has an important role to play in the ongoing efforts to introduce digital technologies into healthcare to improve Australia’s health system. David is keen to continue to work with HISA members to meet this challenge.
In his ‘day job’ David is CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO’s e-Health Research Program, leading 80 CSIRO scientists and engineers in e-Health research and implementation projects around Australia.
Karen Gibson has been committed to advancing e-health in Australia for over 20 years. With a background in program and project management and a particular interest in electronic health records and strategic use of information, Karen has led a number of major e-health projects and has consistently contributed to progression of the health informatics agenda, including as a member of the HISA Board and as a past Deputy Chair of the IHTSDO.
Karen is currently working as e-health consultant with BT Australia. Previous roles include General Manager Strategic initiatives at NEHTA and Director E-Health Planning at Queensland Health.
With so much change now underway in the sector, this is an exciting time for the health informatics community, and through active participation on the HISA Board Karen aims to ensure that HISA delivers increasing value to its members and continues to contribute to the advancement of health informatics in Australia.
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 40 years in clinical, educative and managerial roles, and has an understanding of how technology can influence patient outcomes and service delivery efficiency in the complex healthcare environment. Having worked on a number of local, state and national health informatics activities, she is committed to supporting major health reform through innovation and e-health initiatives. Jen is Director of Digital Health and Innovation in the UTS Faculty of Health, and has co-authored chapters addressing health informatics in nursing texts. In addition to being a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and Australian College of Nursing, she has been the Secretary of the HISA Board since July 2014 and was recently elected for her sixth term as Chair of the HISA NSW Branch. She also received CHIA credentials in 2014.
Philip is a committed health informatician with over 25 years’ experience in the installation of information systems into healthcare organisations and in senior management as a CIO / ICT Manager.
Philip is a long-term member of both HISA and the Australian Computer Society. From 2005 until 2007, Philip served as Chair of the Victorian Branch of HISA and was on the HISA Board. In 2009, he was re-elected to the Victorian Branch Executive Committee. During his absence, Philip set up a University Hospital in the UAE. Philip holds qualifications in a clinical discipline and computer science. He has served as a board-level director for hospitals, community health centres and local government and brings this experience in both governance and health informatics to the Board to ensure HISA’s financial viability and enhance its status as the premier independent health informatics group in Australia.
Leigh passionately believes in the mission of HISA: the need and opportunity to improve healthcare through better use of technology and information. This has been his focus for the past decade, working for the past three years on the PCEHR system as Accenture’s Health Lead (ANZ), and prior to this with the NHS on the National Programme for IT. Leigh believes Australia has come a long way already in e-health, but we have a lot further to go. He believes HISA is the strong and vibrant catalyst to bring this change and bring together the various players – public and private, providers, payers, vendors and policy-makers – to realise the promise of health informatics.
Dr Martin Seneviratne
Dr Seneviratne is a junior doctor at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with a background in software development. Working as a medical intern has reinforced how important e-health infrastructure is to him, because so much of his time as junior doctors is spent chasing down files, ordering tests, filling out paperwork, re-charting meds, and this is where mistakes can be made. Dr Seneviratne wants to bring this experience from the “coalface” to the HISA board and help us shape Australia into a pioneer of innovative clinical informatics.
Dr Seneviratne has two main goals in his position on the HISA Board: engaging students and young healthcare/IT professionals in the great schedule of events that HISA offers; and promoting e-health innovation – continuing great initiatives like the App Challenge, but also lobbying hospitals and government groups to make implementation easier. Dr Seneviratne has held governance positions in the Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the youth branch of the World Economic Forum, and also run an e-health startup called WardConnect.
Prof Trish Williams
Trish is passionate about translating research into practical outcomes, and promotes collaboration across computer science and health, and across the university sector and industry. Trish’s has a unique enthusiasm for and expertise in, the security of health information, patient safety, medical devices and health software. As International Co-Chair of HL7 Security, and the Australian international standards expert for security, software and safety in health informatics, she builds on over 30 years’ in industry and academia in healthcare computing in general practice and pharmacy. She has been on the HISA Board for the past two years and has a fondness for (and has been compared to a) full bodied Margaret River red wine! In an exciting new move, Trish has been appointed the CISCO Chair of Digital Health Systems at Flinders University in SA, moving from her previous role as Associate Dean Computing and Security at Edith Cowan University, WA.
Dr Kudzai Kanhutu
I aim to ensure that enthusiasm for health informatics goes viral. To this extent, kudzai’s professional experience working as an infectious diseases specialist at Royal Melbourne Hospital should be a significant advantage. Her department is actively and proudly involved in spreading the telehealth bug locally and in rural and regional sites. Clinician engagement is widely acknowledged as one of the key components of successful uptake of digital health technologies in the health workforce. Working with other members of the HISA community would afford Kudzai the opportunity to share a doctor’s perspective on the most effective strategies for recruiting clinicians into the digital health revolution. In doing so numerous opportunities exist to enhance patient care and reduce health inequalities. Finally, Kudzai is a Richmond Tigers supporter. If nothing else this provides evidence of her eternal optimism and tenacity even when faced with true adversity
Dr Louise Schaper
Check out Louise’s talk at Medicine X, Stanford School of Medicine (Sep 2012)
Louise 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.
Dr Louise Schaper
PhD CHIA FACHI
As leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare. Committed to the improvement of health outcomes enabled through innovative uses of technology and information, she has a global reputation in health informatics and digital health. From a background as an occupational therapist, Louise has a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program and is a Certified Health Informatician. Louise has delivered over 100 conference presentations, has written for academic and industry publications and text books, is host of the Dissecting Digital Health podcast and she is always online.
Director Corporate Partners
With an academic background in Consumer Science, Food Science/Nutrition Amanda joined HISA in 2011. As a former GP rep and starting off at HISA as a community engagement officer, her role at HISA has evolved and she is now responsible for conference sponsorship and corporate partnership. Working with over 100 clients to identify and create opportunities which align with their specific business and marketing objectives. She is passionate about health and the success of her clients. Coffee of choice; long black.
Conference & Events Manager
Katrina’s role has grown since she began at HISA in 2012. Katrina is now HISA’s Conference and Events Manager and is responsible for managing the Health Data Analytics and HITWA conferences and the member webinar program. Katrina also assists the Conference and Events Director, Nicola to bring to the community HISA’s other conferences and events.
Chief Finance &
When she isn’t hiking in the mountains of Nepal, Joanna is HISA’s financial guru – directing and managing the financial affairs of HISA. Joanna is a fully qualified accountant, registered BAS Agent, and is currently studying towards the CPA program. She has worked for a number of years within the commerce sector managing the financial affairs of an IT company, and more recently in the not-for-profit healthcare sector.
Dr Josie Di Donato
Josie’s role is new and marks a growth phase for HISA. Her role will be to give life and animation to HISA’s values and strategic priorities through busy communities of practice; a journal club that equips us with an evidence-based repertoire of Australian research in health informatics; position statements and white papers that advocate HISA’s stance and finally, courage and fortitude to challenge current thinking and practice. While Josie is new to HISA she is not a new kid on the digital health block. She is a big picture thinker and brings deep and broad experience across healthcare in academia, primary care, rural and remote, public hospital. Josie is mindful that her HISA footprint today will be HISA’s legacy tomorrow.
Membership & Professional Development Officer
Miroslav quickly fit into his role of a Membership Officer thanks to his attention to detail, organisational skills and friendly, but also professional approach. His Business Informatics background, organisational skills and problem solving creativity helps him to always find a quicker and easier way to get the job done. Most of his free time Miroslav likes to spend going to new places and trying new things, or at least thinking about it.
Conference & Events
Nicola has been conference manager at HISA since 2012 and has over 8 years’ experience coordinating conferences in the not-for-profit sector. Nicola’s role involves overseeing the annual HIC Conference as well as additional smaller conferences, events and state events held throughout the year. She also manages the conference team. Nicola has a Degree in Biology and Diploma in event management. Nicola is based in Sydney, where she and her husband run their own outdoor furniture company Le Bench.
Communications, Marketing & Engagement Director
Heather Hunt has been an early technology adopter since 1988 when she bought a Commodore computer quickly followed by a Uniden “brick” mobile phone. She was a journalist when The West Australian newspaper went digital and the publishing industry began to transform. Heather has worked as a senior communications professional in both government and private sector, in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and the US -specialising for the past 10 years in digital health and change communications
Biba is HISA’s creative geek. Her job involves creating and managing HISA’s branding and image across all media platforms including web and publishing. She has been working across the globe in web related environments and not-for-profit sectors for the last 18 years.
Digital Marketing Assistant
Originally hired for his creative video editing skills, Val has since expanded his role to become HISA’s Digital Marketing Assistant. Having completed a multimedia and design course, Val returned to university in 2015 to study Business, majoring in Marketing. When Val isn’t working with us, he’s spending his time daydreaming about watching movies, whilst he’s stocking shelves at his local supermarket so he can keep his discount card.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Secretariat to HISA Board & CHIA
Vera comes to HISA with extensive experience in the Administrative field within the Insurance and Finance Industry. Her role at HISA is not only to ensure the smooth running of the office but to assist Louise wherever possible. Vera also has a great weakness for anything sweet and believes that chocolate fixes everything. She enjoys family life with her husband, daughter, Trinity the dog, Casey the cat, Stanley the snake and the many many fish.
Innovation & Business
Greg has recently joined the HISA team and leads strategic business development. He brings a broad range of experience working across the health sector in a range of private and public sector roles both in Queensland and New South Wales. Now living in Sydney, Greg will continue to grow the HISA brand and business to deliver greater value to its members and supporters. Greg is a keen cyclist who must get a ride in every few days!
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Trinity, Office Dog.
Australian Capital Territory TOP ?
Ian Bull is e-health manager at ACT Health and has over 30 years’ experience in health as both as a laboratory scientist and health informatician. Currently Ian is a member of the NEHTA Supply Chain Reform Group, several Standards Australia IT-014 working groups and has a special interest in Clinical Terminologies. In ACT Health he has contributed to e-health implementations for the National PCEHR at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Healthcare ACT.
Barbara has been in the health/ICT sector for over 10 years at both the State and Commonwealth government health levels. Barbara’s roles have included Information Systems Coordinator, Research Analyst and more recently Senior Data Analyst. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney and a Master of Commerce-eCommerce (with focus on the e-health record) at the University of New England and mobile commerce (health focus) and simulation at the University of Koblenz, Germany. Barbara is also a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and former ACT Branch Executive member.
Lorraine has extensive experience in health informatics working for state/territory and regional health service providers (in NSW, ACT and NT), as well as for the Commonwealth government and a private software vendor. Her experience and skills encompass strategic planning, systems analysis and design, data modelling, application integration, implementation planning, project management, change management and the development and use of health informatics standards and specifications. She has worked on a broad range of e-health and related initiatives including electronic Medication Management, Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions, the National E-Health Records System, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and healthcare applications for acute, primary health and aged care settings. Lorraine has recently achieved CHIA certification under the Certified Health Informatician Australasia program.
As a long term member of HISA and an Honorary Life Member Bernie is keen to serve again on the HISA ACT State Branch for 12 months. Bernie is an active member of HISA and has published a number of papers on electronic health records. He has a long term interest in health standards and is the Public Officer of HL7 Australia. As the IHE Australia Event Manager, Bernie is assisting in the organisation of the HIC 2016 Pre Conference Workshop on Connecting Medical Devices as part of continuing member education.
Margaret holds a passionate belief in the potential of e-health to help improve patient care. She has over 20 years’ experience in health ICT and e-health in the Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory health sectors. She has a Graduate Diploma in E-Health (Health Informatics) from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma of Management (Technology Management) from Deakin University/APESMA. She is also a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society. Margaret’s work has included: – health information systems positions in the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services and the Royal Hobart Hospital – HealthConnect and MediConnect trials – policy advice for e-health standards and foundations development, Healthcare Identifier Service, Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record and My Health Record – health ICT project management and business intelligence at the Canberra Hospital. She is keen to continue utilising her health informatics skills and experience, leading to improved safety and quality of patient care through the use of innovative health information systems. The application of innovative information technology, to advance real time access to health information, facilitate patient-clinician communication, minimise risk and provide a safe environment for both patient/consumer and healthcare provider, remains her area of particular interest and focus.
New South Wales TOP ?
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 41 years in a range of clinical, educative, managerial, and project roles. She is committed to supporting major health reform through digital health initiatives, and has a particular 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. She has been associated HISA for many years, fulfilling current secretarial obligations for the HISA Board and Chairperson responsibilities for the NSW State branch. Jen became a CHIA in early 2014, and is the chair of the CHIA Examination Committee. She is currently the Director of Studies for Health Services Management in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, and is leading the Digital Health and Analytics stream of the new Bachelor of Health Science which commenced this year.
David is passionate about patient care and strives to apply the disciplines of engineering, computer science and health informatics to enhance the safety and quality of systems used to care for patients. As NSW State Branch Committee member, he will endeavour to provide opportunities for anyone interested in health informatics to share learnings and challenges in an open and welcoming setting.
Mark is a policy, strategy and advocacy professional with a background in healthcare. He has wide-ranging experience in member relations, policy development, stakeholder engagement and government affairs both in Australia and internationally. He is passionate about innovation and strategy in digital health and its role in improving outcomes for consumers. He has been a lead participant in a range of projects in digital health including standards, referral pathways, reimbursement systems and patient records (most recently My Health Record). He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been involved in numerous national and international committees in healthcare. He was also a board member of the European Council of Optometry and Optics for four years, before moving to Australia in 2014. He would like to support HISA members in NSW and nationally by growing HISA’s advocacy capacity, healthcare network and influence with key decision-makers in government.
Dr Michael Araco
During Michael’s medical training, nothing frustrated him more than having patients receive lousy care due to problems that could be easily fixed with technology. Illegible hand written patient notes, discharge summaries lost in the mail, and misplaced hard copy x-rays were all triggers for poor outcomes. Ten years on, these problems still exist. Michael believes we can do better. It’s imperative we continue to advance the digital health agenda for the benefit of patients and healthcare consumers broadly. He brings to HISA both clinical and digital experience. He is currently the Clinical Lead for Healthdirect Australia’s Digital Services where he works to build and promote consumer health tools for the governments of Australia. Prior to this he worked in early phase clinical research testing the safety of new medicines and innovative medical devices. He would use this position at HISA to further promote digital health for the benefit of Australian consumers.
Heidi Bjering is a lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Western Sydney, 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 UWS 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.
Dr Jon Carrano
If re-elected, Jon looks forward to further developing initiatives commenced during his two years on the NSW State Branch Committee. HISA’s continued sponsorship of NSW activities and support for HISA’s national industry advocacy for health informatics remain priorities. Jon has actively supported collaboration with like-minded organisations such as HealthTech Sydney, including organising combined events. Further engagement with SIGs and capitalising on synergies with Australian and international groups, remain objectives. His background in hospital-based medical research and biotechnology, followed by two decades working on healthcare related software solutions, gives him a broad perspective; including data standards for drug-safety and clinical trials, as well as being part of the inaugural vendor team for PCEHR/My Health Record. Mobile devices and apps, personalised medicine, social media and patient activism, provide novel challenges but also offer unique opportunities for improved patient care. He remains committed to the e-health vision of intuitive software, seamless data interchange and coordinated healthcare delivery.
Dr Valerie Gay
Dr Valarie Gay is a researcher with 16 years’ experience in mobile health and she is passionate about improving healthcare delivery, and empowering patients, using IT and mobile technologies. Her research focuses on the use of mobile technology and data analysis to offer better and more personalised advice and care. Her current work harnesses data from mobile devices, wearable technology and electronic health records to offer a better and more holistic view on someone’s health, fitness and wellness. As an associate professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), she is also involved in the design of a ‘health innovation studio’ subject in the biomedical engineering bachelor degree. She is keen to make further, valuable contributions to health informatics in Australia. She will bring an innovative outlook on healthcare and commit to engage actively as a HISA NSW State Branch Committee member.
Heather has worked for NEHTA for the past five and half years in a variety of roles and she is now managing the Clinical Usability and Adoption Programme. She is very excited regarding the Government announcements about ongoing funding for a shared e-health record and the opt-out trials with a view to a national opt-out for My Health Record. By being part of The NSW State Branch Committee of HISA She will bring a national perspective to support the role the committee has with ongoing education and support to local, state and national levels to advance the use of e-health in both clinical and research settings.
Louise van der Kraan
What a fantastic and exciting time to be involved with health IT. Louise is passionate about bringing together members of the e-health community to progress industry initiatives and improve models of care. With 14 years’ experience in the health industry, in local and global teams, she works with technology and healthcare domain specialists to understand client and market requirements and articulate how technology enabled solutions assist healthcare organisations meet their objectives and improve service delivery. With your support, she would like the opportunity to once again draw on her 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 TOP ?
Mark is an independent e-health consultant with thirty years’ experience in healthcare, e-health strategy, change, training and risk management. He is passionate about healthcare improvement and reform enabled by ICT. He has provided health informatics consultancies in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, England, Ireland and Wales. Mark is currently the Chair, HISA Queensland Branch and Chair, Health Data Analytics Industry and Clinical Program 2016. He is committed to increasing Certification for Health Informaticians in Australasia and has developed a Health Informatics course which he delivers in China, Singapore and Australia for Flinders University Master of Health Administration award. Mark is keen to make further, valuable contributions to health informatics in Australia and commit to engage actively as a HISA Queensland State Branch member across health informatics education, advocacy, standards, representation and governance.
In his role as research scientist at the Australian eHealth Research centre, Hugo’s 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 his three year tenure on the HISA QLD branch committee, he has drawn upon his 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, he has been involved in organising the recent “Sharing Health-y data” symposium in March and the forthcoming “Health Information Systems – Interoperability and Linkage” event in September. Hugo’s 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.
As a practicing clinical hospital scientist within a high level acute tertiary hospital, Susan has over 27 years’ experience in a wide variety of health practice including clinical tissue transplantation services for cardiac surgery; clinical, health services and basic research and education; and 12 years as Coordinator of the Cardiothoracic Clinical Outcomes Register supporting Surgical Audit and Research. Susan’s focus through this work has been to motivate innovation through better use of clinical information systems, our data resources and our informatics workforce. Her passion for Health and Clinical Informatics has evolved through association with HISA and as an exec member, Chair and Vice Chair of the Qld branch for 9 years. Together with the Qld team, she has promoted a growing presence for HISA in Qld and has driven recognition of the health informatics professional group in Qld Health. Susan’s continuing focus is in interoperability, data use and the health informatics workforce to facilitate better patient outcomes. She looks forward to and appreciates your endorsement to continue this work.
Sharon has thirty plus years of nursing clinical experience including Healthcare Quality and Safety and Healthcare Management, combined with over 15 years actively involved with the field of Health Informatics. This includes roles in clinical informatics management and education, project management, clinical and stakeholder engagement, accreditation, business continuity planning, and policy and procedure review. This has provided me with in-depth knowledge on the capabilities of digital health to support health care and quality patient outcomes. With post-graduate studies in health informatics and, as an inaugural Certified Health Informatician of Australasia (CHIA), Sharon has demonstrated her commitment to driving increased recognition of digital health. Recent roles at the first, fully integrated HIMMS Stage 6 digital hospital in Australia and as a Clinical Informatics (CNC) for electronic medication management provide a sound foundation to help drive HISA into the future.
Dominique is passionate about innovation in big data and large-scale analytics to foster personalised health. His key motivation in being part of the HISA Queensland Committee is to promote the importance of enabling access and sharing of sensitive data to improve health outcomes. At heart, Dominique is a data scientist with more than 20 years of experience across life science, drug discovery and health. In his current position as director of the consulting branch of QCIF, a non-for-profit public company whose members are six Queensland-based Universities, he provides technical, operational and management leadership to ensure successful delivery of customised analytics solutions to life science and clinical researchers.
Joe Griffiths has been involved in health for over 10 years working in all areas of public, private, primary, aged and community care. This has covered working for health clinical solution providers, working with NeHTA and being on the HISA advisory panel. Joe was on the HISA Qld committee for 4 years as VP, is a CHIA, a GAICD and has server on a number of Australian boards. To the Qld HISA committee, Joe will bring a passion for innovative and interconnecting health, a comprehensive knowledge of IT and comprehensive health network.
Grant has 10 years management experience in the health and community services sectors. His passion is to ensure access to high quality services for all people in the community. He has been a member of the HISA Qld Branch Executive Committee since June 2015 and hopes that he may have an opportunity to continue, to contribute to the future success of HISA in its efforts to promote health reform enabled by health informatics and digital health. His demonstrated success and skills include: -Successfully leading a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to redesigning services to improve responsiveness to client needs, accessibility, efficiency and generating an alternate revenue stream. -Using content experts, business analytics and technology to transform service performance reporting and improvement activities. -Facilitating a multidisciplinary approach to articulating economic benefits of services delivery to lobby funding stakeholders to make further investments in service delivery. -Fostering external relations with funding bodies, the university sector and industry stakeholders.
Ann Maree is an accomplished health executive with over 27 years’ experience working across the health sector, spanning not-for-profit, public sector, hospitals and academia. For the past fourteen years, she has worked in the primary health care sector as Chief Executive Officer of General Practice Queensland – now trading as CheckUP Australia (CheckUP). Ann Maree has served as a member of the Queensland State Branch Committee of HISA for the past 12 months and she is keen to continue her involvement with the HISA community. She brings an in-depth knowledge and experience of health informatics development and innovation across the primary health care sector, particularly general practice. She has played a leadership role in fostering the implementation of a significant range of e-health and health informatics initiatives, including secure messaging; e-referrals; electronic medical records and telehealth solutions. Ann Maree has 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. As a branch member, she would welcome the opportunity to ensure these organisations are linked to the HISA health informatics community in Queensland.
Substantive position – EDNM Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District (CHHSD), prior to taking up this position in February 2003 Glynda was the EDON Redcliffe Caboolture Health Service District (since August 1999). Since May 2010 till jan 2014 she has been supporting the Integrated Electronic Medical Record (ieMR) in Queensland as Senior Clinical Advisor and providing the eHealth support for CHHSD. In August 2014 Glynda stood up the digital hospital project at Cairns Hospital and Cairns that went live in February 2016. She has been a member of HISA since 2010 and has been actively involved since that time. She has also completed the CHIA exam and is one of the alumni group. Glynda has worked in Health for over 46 years, 33 of which have been with Queensland Health in a variety of roles including Corporate Office, Remote, rural, regional, metro and tertiary facilities, Nurse Education.
Jeffrey has been a nurse for over 19 years and holds a Masters of Critical Care Nursing. For the past 9 years he was working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles, 8 of those years were as the subject matter expert on nursing workflows for the implementation of EPIC Systems as their electronic medical record (EMR). He currently works at Gold Coast Private Hospital on the Gold Coast. During his time at CSMC he had the privilege of seeing first-hand the transformative power that well integrated technology can bring to the bedside clinician and to patients. His experience with integrating technology into nursing workflows has made him passionate about technology and its ability to transform healthcare. If well designed, built and validated technology has the power to make the delivery of care more efficient, cost effective and intuitive for clinicians and safer for the patients they care for.
Victoria TOP ?
Joanna feels she has found her career niche in transforming the health sector through digital health. Her experience working on the early design of the national e-health record system at NeHTA, at Medicare Locals and PHNs, the Federal Department of Health and DHS, coupled with her work for the Global Observatory for eHealth at the World Health Organisation has equipped her with in-depth e-health knowledge from a local, national and international perspective. Joanna has been the Secretary of the HISA Victoria Committee for the past two years and she enjoys organising and attending the events we run. She also recently became CHIA certified. Her continued goals for HISA Victoria include increased opportunities to network and collaborate among members. She’d be delighted to be elected to the committee again!
Over the last couple of years Richard has served on HISA’s Victorian state committee, with the last year as Vice Chair. This has been a great role in which he is hoping to continue, leveraging experience from his diverse career that span roles such as a general Nurse in Sweden and Denmark; IT specialist in the UK implementing telecommunications solutions around the world; Business Process Improvements and Program/Project Governance focussed consultant with KPMG in Australia; and the last six years working for the Victorian state government in varying capacities on the state-wide e-health agenda.
For the past nine years, Michael has been working in the health sector across Australia, Asia and the United States. His role as the ‘Head of Sales for Clinical Solutions ANZ’ with Elsevier, enables him to meet with C-level and clinical staff; through his experience he has developed an understanding of their digital strategies and challenges. Previously, his positions included: ‘Director of Institutional Medicine’ (developing a digital roadmap for medical information in education) and ‘Publisher, Medical Education’. Both previous positions held global responsibilities. Being part of a global business affords him access to clinicians who can share experiences from US and European health systems. He enjoys developing strategies and has an action oriented personality. Michael is currently completing his MBA at Victoria University. He is passionate about helping hospitals and clinicians improve patient outcomes through connecting people and sharing experiences.
Accountant turned digital entrepreneur with a passion for health tech. Guy’s passion for health started in the 1990s when he worked as a Medic in the Army Reserves. Since then, he fuelled this interest in the health industry as a kickboxing instructor alongside his career as an accountant with PwC. After 10 years, Guy moved into the Tech industry as the CFO of 99designs. Under Guy’s financial oversight, 99designs grew from a team of 5 to over 100 people, and culminated in a $35m financing round. Guy took over as MD of Wave Digital in 2013 and set an aggressive growth strategy, tripling the client base, producing custom apps for clients such as Specsavers, ANMF, VicRoads, and AMP. More recently Guy spent four months in the NICU as a parent of premature twins. This experience kick started his mission to improve health innovation and health outcomes via the use of digital technology.
Alice has worked in healthcare for over 25 years in a variety of areas in both the public and private sector and currently she is the Quality Operations Manager at Melbourne Health. HISA continues to remain a respected knowledge resource and network for information technology developments, challenges and research. Our challenge is to promote awareness of HISA and the relevance of health informatics, with its many and varied forms and faces, to healthcare providers and the broader community. Increasing the HISA audience includes that of patients, carers and consumers and their role in the evolution of health informatics and in shaping its impact on safe and timely service delivery. The application of innovative information technology, to advance real time access to health information, facilitate patient-clinician communication, minimise risk and provide a safe environment for both patient/consumer and healthcare provider, remains her area of particular interest and focus.
Kathleen is an associate professor and the acting director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has strong interests in the health information workforce, evaluation of e-health, consumer health informatics, and informatics education for clinicians and for technologists. In her first year on the HISA VIC Branch committee she worked with fellow committee members to establish the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne as a convenient and congenial venue for many VIC Branch events, and a way to encourage more participation in HISA events in Victoria by staff, students and associates of the university’s Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre. She seeks to use a second year on the committee to sustain this initiative and further to expand the appeal and the reach of HISA VIC Branch events, especially to industry partners and teaching hospitals of the University, and to the wider professional community.
Paul is a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) with 20 years experience working in health, social and community services, information management, and technology. Paul’s experience includes management, client service planning, and negotiating collaboration between vendors, policy makers, peak bodies and health service providers. Paul is an experienced program and project manager with a record of delivering innovative service redesign projects, including the establishment of a state funded bowel cancer prevention, identification and management program, and co-design, negotiation of funding and vendor collaboration, to deliver an innovation award winning program aimed at improving referral quality and reducing premature referrals to nephrology through better detection and management of chronic kidney disease in primary care. Paul’s current title is Manager System Integration, Gippsland PHN managing their Digital Health and HealthPathways teams.
Julianne Oorloff RN, CHIA
Julianne Oorloff is Service Delivery Manager for GE Healthcare – Clinical Care Solutions, Victoria & Tasmania. Julianne leads a team of engineers who install and maintain a wide range of medical equipment critical to people in moments that really matter. Julianne is an enthusiastic manager and healthcare professional energised by engaging with people and building relationships. She holds a unique blend of health informatics, management, sales, project management and process improvement experience drawing on significant clinical nursing background. Julianne has an excellent working knowledge of acute and community health sectors, with networks across e-Health and informatics leadership, health academia, acute and primary care and a diverse range of commercial and not for profit service providers and vendors. She holds a strong belief in the value of person centred and connected health care to optimise the patient experience, drive innovation in delivery of healthcare and maximise the value of the healthcare spend. Julianne has been an active committee member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia Vic Branch for over 10 years.
Tasmania TOP ?
For the past nine years Sam has been working in enterprise e-health ICT environments acting as the conduit between clinical operations (i.e. hospitals, departments and specialist clinics) and the ICT Departments. Being owned by clinical teams rather than IT departments has given him, as an ICT professional, a unique perspective of the critical nature of e-health service delivery at a grass roots level. Sam’s aim is to bring this perspective to the HISA leadership group supporting the development, communications and delivery of e-health strategy throughout the state and country. While getting involved in the evolution of “big ideas” is a key interest of his, Sam would welcome the opportunity to support the community through mentorship and development of educational packages.
Dr Elizabeth Cummings
Dr Cummings is a senior lecturer and Graduate Research Coordinator in the discipline of Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She is currently Deputy Chair of Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA). She is a registered nurse and midwife and has worked in both clinical and administrative positions in nursing. She has qualifications in health informatics and ICT. Dr Cummings has been involved in a range of state, national and international research projects in e-health and is committed to the integration of nursing informatics into nursing education. She has previous experience with inter-professional learning and the use of technology to enhance learning simulations.
Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson
Kerryn is a Course Coordinator at the University of Tasmania. She is known for her passion and dedication to the health information workforce in Australian and internationally. She is a certified health informatician (CHIA) and Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics (FACHI). Previously from Western Australia, Kerryn was an active member of the HISA WA branch committee and contributed towards a number of local initiatives over the years, most notably the Health Information Technology WA (HITWA) Forum (2010-14). Kerryn is a representative on the Australian Health Informatics Education Council Working Group (currently in hiatus) since 2009 and the CHIA Examination Committee. Her research specialisation is in workforce analysis, where she is involved in a number of large national studies. Through her passion and commitment to this industry, Kerryn has become a recognised leader in health information workforce promotion and advocacy, both in Australia and internationally.
Dr Kenneth Lee
Kenneth hails from Western Australia. He is a practising community pharmacist, an academic, and a CHIA. Kenneth was awarded the 2015 ‘WA Young Pharmacist of the Year’ for creating an online forum to assist practising WA pharmacists with keeping abreast of practice-relevant information. Kenneth was also the Early Career Pharmacist Representative for the WA Pharmacy Law and Ethics Special Interest Group, the Mentoring Representative for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (WA) Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and a member of the Communication Advisory Committee for the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia. Kenneth recently completed his PhD on consumer online health information-seeking behaviour, and will be commencing work as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Tasmania. Kenneth hopes to bring to HISA TAS a practising health professional’s perspective, and an enthusiasm for innovation and positive change.
Jeni started her career as a Registered Nurse in 1983 and entered the field of IT in 1991, focusing on health IT. She holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration. She has industry experience in telecommunications, health, education, warehousing and supply chain. As a consumer, a clinician, an IT and business professional, her focus is implementation of business processes and software that empower users at every level of the organisation. In short, making it work well for all stakeholders. Her approach is consultative and collaborative. Jeni has a particular interest in EHR, clinical software and utilising available fit for purpose technology and software. She looks forward to working as part of the Tasmanian HISA team in enabling innovation and success in the Australian e-health sector.
Dr Andreas Duenser
Dr Andreas Dünser is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSIRO, Data61, in Hobart, Australia. He received his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Before joining the CSIRO he worked at the HIT Lab NZ (University of Canterbury, Christchurch) as a post-doctoral fellow and then research scientist, with secondments to research labs in Austria, Finland and Korea. Dr Dünser’s main research interest is the convergence of psychology, health research, and emerging interactive technology. Combining these areas enables research and development of innovative Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) systems and novel user experiences. Andreas research focuses on: 1. HMI research with interactive technologies such as mixed reality and psychophysiology based interfaces. 2. Evaluation methods for novel interfaces and interactive technologies. 3. Designing new technologies for edutainment, training and healthcare applications.
Western Australia TOP ?
David is an innovative thinker with 20 years of experience in technology management consulting, helping organisations through their digital transformation. Using a structured approach to innovation, David uses a mix of design, integrative thinking and strategy to help organisations be more creative in defining their strategy. He is currently the Healthcare & Life Sciences Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at CSC for Australia and New Zealand, helping clients with their digital health transformation journey. Having spent over a decade in the digital health industry, David is passionate and truly wants to make a difference for our community. With a great team of dynamic people from various backgrounds, David has been the HISA State chair for the past year and heavily involved in the digital health community in WA. Bringing a different perspective to the challenges we are facing, David has been and will continue to work as a catalyst across the healthcare system, bringing people together and leveraging his relationships to change the way we think about healthcare services delivery.
Rebecca initially started as a graduate from a Bachelor of Counter Terrorism, Security and Intelligence majoring in Security Management. During her studies she published and presented at the 2nd Australian e-Health and Informatics and Security Conference December 2013 on Information Induced Medication Errors. This was her initial introduction into health informatics which resulted in her completion of a Bachelor of Honours (Security) at Edith Cowan University, with focus on the investigation into the prevention of medication errors due to information in Australian General Practice: Modelling the Threat to Patient Safety (TAPS) Study. Rebecca has just started her PhD and is interested in how Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) is being used in healthcare and is also working fulltime as a Service Desk technician for the Department of Education. Rebecca believes through HISA she can continue to develop her skills which can be utilised within the community.
Prof Matthew Bellgard
Professor Bellgard is a computer scientist with a PhD from the University of Western Australia in artificial intelligence. His work has resulted in developments in pairwise sequence alignment, artificial intelligence, bacterial bioinformatics, whole genome analysis, computational biology analysis tools, integrated web-based systems for agricultural, biomedical applications and health, as well as e-research. Professor Bellgard is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University, undertaking research in biomedical, biological, agricultural sciences on human health, personalised medicine, food security, environmental management, animal and plant genomics, pathogens and viruses. Professor Bellgard has a particular interest in rare diseases and is co-leader of the Australian consortium, FP7 €12 million RD Connect program. He is Project Director for the design and deployment of e-health solutions and is lecturing the Health Informatics unit as part of Murdoch University’s Masters in International Health, Policy and Leadership. His strengths are leadership, energy and exemplary stakeholder engagement.
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 also a member of: The Australian Computer Society (ACS); 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.
Simon is an IT professional with many years’ experience in healthcare. In the UK he worked for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, working on service transformation projects to make the NHS a leaner and more efficient organisation through technology and process improvement. Since arriving in WA he has been predominately working at Fiona Stanley Hospital, initially on the Digital Medical Record and then more recently the closed loop medication management solution. He is also a sessional academic at Curtain University and he is currently coordinating the modules of Applied Health Data and Linkage and Health Data and Information Analysis. Simon has a passion for informatics and would like to contribute the experience he has 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 to research, population health, etc. He would also 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 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 eHealth. 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 104 million people. He has been involved with many start-up companies such as OIS and Lifeguard Mobile from Silicon Valley USA. He has a patent portfolio of more than 35 patents and published more than 150 articles.
Sherril is a Registered Nurse who specialised in Emergency Nursing before holding senior educational positions for critical care nursing, medical nursing and corporate training. She observed impressive results when clinical applications were developed with the informatician as the key communicator between technical and clinical staff and decided to join the informatics team as the Nurse Coordinator, Nursing Informatics and Performance at Fremantle Hospital and Health Service. In 2014 Sherril led the ICT Training Team to plan and deliver induction ICT training and support for the commissioning of Fiona Stanley Hospital. Nurses are the largest group of health professionals and are integral to the successful design, implementation and ongoing success of health IT systems. Sherril aims to promote nursing informatics representation at all levels of ICT committees. She plans to increase the number of HISA members, especially those with a nursing or midwifery background.
Josh is the Telehealth Coordinator at the Fiona Stanley Hospital where he works closely with health professionals and various Western Australian health service providers to promote the use and benefits of telehealth. Josh started his career at one of Australia’s leading independent strategic advisory practices, where he gained significant experience implementing measures to improve the financial and operational procedures of businesses across a range of industries, en route to becoming a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Prior to taking up his position as Telehealth Coordinator, Josh spent time at one of Australia’s leading listed healthcare companies, where his role was to improve the day-to-day operations of large scale multidisciplinary medical centres in Victoria. Josh’s desire to improve efficiencies as well as the health care experience of patients and health professionals alike, was the catalyst for his passion for e-health. Josh hopes that his enthusiasm, business acumen and health technology knowledge will be valuable assets for the HISA community.
Beth is the Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant for Plastic Surgery Telehealth (TH) at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). Her interest is Plastic Surgery, wound management and this led to involvement in providing care at a distance – Telehealth. She has been reaching out to remote and rural sites across Western Australia (WA) providing support and education over 30 years. In 2008 she worked with colleagues to build the Plastic Surgery Telehealth surgery at RPH, where she currently works coordinating the clinical care and providing clinical review for patients across WA. Achieving a TH service that provides quality, timely reviews and is innovative while meeting the needs of clinicians and patients, is a mixture of technology and clinical skills. This is a challenge which brings daily rewards to the dedicated TH team at RPH.