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 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 John Lambert
As Chief Clinical Information Officer for eHealth NSW, my mission is to place patients at the centre of digital healthcare. My office achieves this by ensuring patient health information crosses boundaries, building better, safer tools through human centred design, and engaging clinicians to optimise the safe use of digital systems. I have overseen the successful implementation of several NSW Health digital programs and have recently expanded the capacity and scope of my Office, building a team of health informatics professionals. Throughout my career I have been focused on enhancing healthcare delivery by harnessing the power of technology. During my 12 years as intensive care specialist and critical care director with Western NSW Local Health District, I introduced new technology and helped Orange Health Service become a regional leader in clinical system efficiency.
A/Prof Christopher Pearce
PhD MFM MBBS, FACHI FRACGP, FACRRM, FAICD. Associate Professor Chris Pearce has been active in health informatics for many years. A practicing clinician, he still works in general practice, anaesthetics and emergency medicine in suburban Melbourne. His interest in Health Informatics developed when working as a rural GP, and observed the difficulties in GPs integrating computers into their workflow in the 1990’s. A/Prof Pearce has extensively researched computers in healthcare, with a focus on the interactions and useability. He was awarded a PhD in 2007 with what was then the largest video based study of computer use in primary care consultations. He is an invited speaker both here and overseas, and the author of over 60 academic articles. He was the clinical design lead for the MyHR, Australia’s national shared health record. As co-sponsor of the MAGNET database, his role as director of research with Outcome Health is to work with Monash university on data quality and use of Australia’s largest repository of general practice data. He is a current president of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, chairs the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s digital health committee and has served on many federal and state government advisory committees.
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 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.
Katrina’s role has grown since she began at HISA in 2012. Katrina is now HISA’s Professional Development Manager after spending 5 years in the Conference and Events Department as Conference and Events Manager. Katrina is looking forward to developing CHIA and supporting the Health Informatics Profession.
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!
Opie, Office Dog.
Ruby, Office Dog.
Trinity, Office Dog.
New South Wales TOP ▲
Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay
Jen has been employed in the health service industry for 42 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. Jen is currently the Director of Digital Health & Innovation in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She has been associated with HISA for many years, fulfilling current secretarial obligations for the HISA board and 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 continue actively contributing to NSW HISA activities to influence the positive uptake of digital health by clinicians.
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.
I am a policy, strategy and advocacy professional with a background in healthcare and special interest in digital health. I have wide-ranging experience in member relations, policy development, stakeholder engagement and government affairs both in Australia and internationally. I am passionate about innovation and strategy in digital health and its role in improving outcomes for consumers. I have 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). I am a graduate of the AICD and have been involved in numerous national and international committees in healthcare. I would like to continue to support HISA members in NSW through the Branch Executive and nationally by extending HISA’s advocacy capacity, healthcare network and influence with key decision-makers in government.
Dr Michael Araco
It would be an honour to be re-elected after having now completed my first term on this committee. During my medical training, nothing frustrated me more than having patients receive lousy care due to problems that could be easily fixed with digital technology. Illegible hand-written notes, discharge summaries lost in the post, and misplaced x-rays were all triggers to poor outcomes. We can – and will – do better with digital health tools and expertise. I bring to HISA both clinical and digital experience. I am currently Medical Advisor for Healthdirect Australia where I work to build and promote consumer health tools for the governments of Australia. I also have 8 years of experience in early phase clinical research, the safety of new medicines, and innovative digital medical devices. I hope to continue to use this position to promote digital health for the benefit of the Australian public.
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
I look forward to continuing my tenure on the NSW Committee and supporting HISA’s initiatives nationally in raising the profile of health informatics in healthcare delivery. Encouraging HISA’s continued sponsorship of NSW activities and expanding the types of events offered to members will be my primary objective. I will continue to foster collaborations with similar organisations across the healthcare & technology sectors to foster knowledge transfer and synergies. I will continue my involvement in reviewing and curating submissions to HISA national conferences to ensure members are kept up to date with current developments and practices. My two decades of working in healthcare related software solutions gives me a broad perspective and grounding in technology. It is gratifying to see mobile health gain traction and My Health Record, a project I was involved with at inception, continue to expand. Just this week I watched my GP seamlessly upload my Shared Health Summary. It’s just the start! I remain committed to seamless data interchange and coordinated healthcare delivery.
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.
I have been an active member of the state committee of the NSW branch for the past 7 years. I am currently working for the Digital Health Agency and prior that was in NEHTA. My experience as the Director of Education and Adoption enables me to have a good understanding of issues that may affect the members of HISA at both a state and national level. I am committed to supporting the NSW branch to provide a diverse and interesting speaker program for the members.
Dr Simon Poon
Simon Poon is an Associate Professor in Health Information Systems Research at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Engineering and IT. He is the Program Director of the multi?disciplinary program Master of Health Technology Innovation. He received training from diverse disciplines including BSc in Computer Science, PhD in Information Systems and Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Sciences, a Master in Engineering Management from The University of Technology Sydney, and underwent pilot training from the British Aerospace Flying College in Scotland. He was a visiting research scholar at Boston University (in 2008) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (in 2011). His research interests include data?driven modelling, technology?enabled social innovations, health technology evaluation. He enjoys working in multi?disciplinary environments and would like to be part of the bigger effort fostering Health Informatics research.
Louise van der Kraan
It is an exciting time to be involved with Health IT. The engagement and momentum we are seeing across the region is energising. I am passionate about bringing together members of the eHealth community to progress industry initiatives and support the digital evolution of healthcare services, from frontline clinical applications through to digital platforms supporting connected ecosystems. With 15 years’ experience in the health industry, in local and global teams, I work 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, I would like 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 TOP ▲
I am an independent e-health consultant with 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, England, Ireland and Wales. I am currently the Chair, HISA Queensland Branch and am on the Board of CHIA. 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 Queensland State Branch member across health informatics education, advocacy, standards, representation and governance.
Dr Hugo Leroux
In my role as 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 four-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.
I am a Health Practitioner in Hospital Health Sciences at 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 the Qld Health Digital Healthcare Improvement Clinical Network 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.
Jason has worked on significant healthcare transformational initiatives in Queensland including the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) Program, Secondary Triage and Referrals Project (for the Queensland Ambulance Service), the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Project and is currently leading the Digital Transformation Portfolio for the Sunshine Coast HHS. Jason continues to promote the role of ICT in establishing a seamless care continuum across primary, secondary and tertiary health. Jason has contributed to the Queensland healthcare sector for over 10 years. As a software company founder, he developed Multiprac, an infection control and outbreak management solution, based on an openEHR repository, now used in numerous Queensland hospitals. Jason is a natural connector and is passionate about increasing collaboration between Start-ups, Small Businesses, Not for Profits, Researchers, Corporations and Government, disrupting tradition methods and finding more ways to work together on innovative and commercially viable ventures to solve business, healthcare and community problems.
I am an information technology expert and independent consultant with two decades of commercial experience in software design, development, and deployment. My areas of expertise include health informatics, architecture, strategy, facilitation and implementation. As a former lead architect in the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA), I made a significant contribution to the development and adoption of national solutions including the My Health Record, the National Prescription & Dispense Repository, the National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS), and HL7 CDA-based clinical information exchange. I am also an active volunteer standards developer in HL7 and SNOMED International. I value the work HISA does in the Australian informatics community and am keen to contribute to this cause by joining the HISA Queensland State Branch. Should I be appointed, I would seek to engage with the community on advocacy, standards adoption, and collaboration among implementers.
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 Capita on Health Triage solutions 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.
I have 10 years management experience in the health and community services sectors. My passion is to ensure access to high quality services for all people in the community. I have been a member of the HISA Qld Branch Executive Committee since June 2015 and hope that I might 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. My 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.
I have 27 years’ experience working across the health sector, spanning not-for-profit, public sector, hospitals, primary health care and academia, including the past fifteen years as Chief Executive Officer of CheckUP Australia. I have served as a member of the Queensland Branch Committee for the past 2 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.
While there have been significant advances in the use of health informatics in recent years, it can be argued that eHealth solutions are failing to contribute at scale to improving universal access to health care and reducing health system costs in Australia. Many eHealth initiatives remain siloed, lack the connectivity required by clients and fail to fit into peoples’ daily lives. I believe the Health Informatics Society Queensland Branch could play a useful role in breaking down some of the barriers to the wider use of eHealth and developing policy that could support the major priorities for health care in Queensland. I have twenty years of experience in the telecommunications, health care and health informatics standards in Australian and Europe, as an academic, ICT strategist, engineer, architect and project manager. I have led numerous health and emergency services initiatives providing telehealth, decision support, information systems, telecommunications and networks.
Dr Louise Teo
Originally from Melbourne, I’ve been fortunate to spend much of my recent medical career in Queensland, and have witnessed the passion and can-do spirit of Queensland residents as they experience transformative digital health. I hope that as a State Branch Committee member, I can help get other clinicians and non-clinicians involved in HISA’s events, and similarly, help spread the reach and adaptability of digital health events beyond the metropolitan regions.
Victoria TOP ▲
I am passionate about enabling the healthcare ecosystem to move toward clinically safe digital health information initiatives, vision and directions that are practical and appropriate for our current and future capability and need. Patient considered and centered care that is underpinned with enabling healthcare providers with access to the right information within the right setting is key to this journey. With the right guidance, we can achieve these outcomes with expediency in Victoria and across Australia. I have 27 years of ICT experience in healthcare, key roles and engagements include; Victorian Heart Hospital enterprise ICT design and strategy, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – Parkville Precinct models of care (ICT director and enterprise design), Hervey Bay St Stephen’s Uniting Care enterprise digital hospital design and Director of Digital Architecture and Standards for Victoria. I can draw on this experience to provide significant input and direction into enabling our healthcare future together with HISA.
Dr Damian Claydon-Platt
I am a practising intensive care clinician, chief clinical information officer, and health informatician, with a passion for driving quality, safety, and efficiency improvements in healthcare through better application of informatics technologies. I am one of the inaugural CHIAs, and have encouraged and supported all three clinical informatics specialists on my team to obtain this important certification. Outside of my day-to-day work, I have contributed to the field by: – Presenting or chairing informatics related conferences; – Advising the DHHS and NEHTA in clinical informatics related activities; – Participating in the HISA Cybersecurity Community of Practice; – Engaging with, and informing people interested in an informatics career. I am keen to support HISA in the promotion of its goals, and believe that I have a lot to offer HISA given my background, skills, and experience. I would like to offer my support to the local state branch as a nominee.
A/Prof Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper is an independent consultant, providing strategic advice for the effective use of information and digital capabilities, particularly in health and education. I offer a unique blend of insights from my experience in medical research, IT, business consulting and digital marketing. As a foundation member of the CHIA program I am committed to furthering the efforts of HISA to deliver value to its members and to increase the standing of health informatics professionals. If elected as a committee member I will bring my energy, passion and experience to work with my colleagues to advance the goals of HISA. I also commit to extending my own knowledge of Health Informatics and furthering the understanding of the importance of certification. As example, I am currently engaged as an Associate Professor at Deakin University where I am delivering a new course on Health Informatics Management to MBA students.
Dr Timothy Fazio
Tim is a registered medical practitioner and certified health informatician, currently employed in a dual clinical and clinical informatics role at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 2018, he is expected to attain Fellowship with the RACP, as well as graduate from a Master of Information Systems (Health). As a doctor, Tim has over five years’ experience in the public health arena, working in a variety of metropolitan and rural health services, as well as community health services. He has been involved a number of hospital improvement projects, where he has utilised IT to streamline processes, improve patient safety and reduce hospital costs. Outside of health, Tim has developed multiple iPhone/iPad applications, which have been featured by Apple and in mainstream media. Tim is excited about advocating for eHealth innovation to hospital and governments, expanding the eHealth research field and contributing to ongoing eHealth education.
I have a proven record as someone who can make things happen for health informatics (for example, through education and training programs, event and network hosting, mentoring practitioners and researchers). I engage actively and collaboratively across a variety of profession and industry networks and with strategy and policy issues (for example, progressing a health information workforce census and a health informatics degree accreditation system). I believe that health informatics as a field of knowledge and practice needs to encourage and support more champions, exemplars and innovators, especially among early and mid-career professionals. If re-elected to the HISA VIC Branch Committee I will use this role to the best of my ability to encourage this kind of development in health informatics, in Victoria and nationally.
Dr Leon Heffer
Leon is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and works as a Project Manager to lead the ongoing development of Barwon Health’s data analytics and warehouse platform. Prior to this, he was Head, Data Services at BioGrid Australia where he was responsible for the strategic management of ethics, data linkage, access and analysis, and custom data-collection software development. These roles have seen Leon contribute to a diverse range of initiatives, all seeking to improve healthcare outcomes, safety and efficiency through evidence-based innovation and research. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most successful of these projects have involved collaborative teams of clinicians, technologists, researchers, administrators and health informaticians. If elected, Leon would use his role on the HISA Vic Branch Committee to encourage the use of multi-disciplinary teams in health informatics initiatives.
My passion for health informatics was sparked in 2010 as a graduate nurse who witnessed her colleagues struggling to adapt to evolving technologies and consequent models of care. Keen to be part of the growing movement promoting informatics skills in all healthcare settings across multiple disciplines, I embarked on an academic research pathway that focused on experiences with electronic platforms and the importance of user-centred design. My PhD research with nurse managers and theoretical knowledge of complex sociotechnical environments has given me invaluable expertise and insight into the issues facing the health workforce today as we move forward in this exciting era of digital health. I had the privilege of assisting HISA and the Australian College of Nursing with a nursing informatics position paper, and hope to continue this important work. I am keen to contribute further with my developing user experience design, start-up experience, advocacy and leadership skills.
Dr Mark Merolli
My name is Mark Merolli. I am a health informatician, having done a PhD at the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Kathleen Gray. I am also a Physiotherapist. I am the Academic Director of Digital Health at Swinburne University of Technology – a passionate educator of future health professionals in digital health and a clinical health professional. I already consider myself an active HISA member and am passionate about our perpetuation. I’m a member of the HISA Clinical Informatics Leadership Network, MACHI and CHIA. I have done my best to represent HISA as a CHIA and member in various engagement activities (incl: promotion of CHIA on the HISA website, and attending Swinburne University in 2016 as a judge for a make-a-thon in 2016 on behalf of Louise Schaper). I hope to be of value to Vic Branch Council for the new term.
When I started my education journey in IT with Health Specialisation at University of Melbourne, I had one passion and goal in mind: improving healthcare through better use of technology and information. However, I soon realised to ensure information technologies can enhance healthcare, an enthusiasm for health informatics should be cultivated and maintained among people as well as governing and advisory bodies. Realising this, I started to promote health informatics ideas and advances among community through different social platforms whenever I got the chance to bring up the subject. Having had the privilege of helping at HISA Telehealth Conference this year, and being part of a team committed to advance e-health in Australia, I was more inspired to promote health transformation through information technologies. I strongly believe cooperating with HISA, whose mission and objectives I share, would give me a chance to facilitate realisation of the promise of health informatics in Australia.
Julianne Oorloff RN, CHIA
I am grateful for the opportunity to re-nominate for the Vic Branch committee for another term. It is a great honour to serve the Vic Branch members and to play a role in not only representing your local views, issues and key topics to the Board but also helping local members connect, for up to date information, peer support and knowledge in the digital health space through communities of practice and arranging informative local events. I am a passionate clinician and certified informatician (CHIA) with more than 15 years’ informatics experience across both not for profit and commercial sectors. I hold a strong belief that effective use of technology supports the values of person centred and connected health care which will optimise patient experience, drive innovation in delivery of healthcare and maximise the value of the healthcare spend.
Western Australia TOP ▲
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.
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.
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 been predominately working for WA Health, initially at Fiona Stanley Hospital on the Digital Medical Record and then the closed loop medication management solution. More recently I have been involved in the ICT Commissioning of Perth Children’s Hospital. 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 Matthew Bellgard
Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG), Murdoch University, Chair of the APEC Rare Disease Working Group Professor Bellgard’s leadership in digital health and health informatics has naturally evolved from the diverse health and medical research he has undertaken, underpinned by information communication technology and bioinformatics. He is responsible for introducing and delivering a new Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics at Murdoch University.
Under his leadership the CCG has deployed secure digital health solutions to private hospitals; DOH – WA; and global and international patient advocacy groups. Professor Bellgard is Chair of the APEC Rare Disease Working Group, which is tasked with issues relating to legislation for orphan drug policy, patient advocate engagement, clinical diagnoses and management. He is co-leader of the Australian consortium in the FP7 €12m RD Connect program that provides an integrated digital health platform connecting registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research. He is now working with clinicians to develop digital health solutions to undertake Platform clinical trials.
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 Felicity Hodder
My name is Felicity Hodder and I am paediatric oncologist and passionate health digiterati. I bring passion and an understanding of the clinical and digital worlds with my experience over the last two decades and have demonstrated ability to ‘bridge’ the clinical and technical worlds, enabling clinicians to see the value in investing in new ways of seeing information to bring better, safer patient care, lead research and education and our executive to engage in best care, business efficiency and educating our future generation of clinicians, our digital natives! I would like to work with a committed, team to continue to engage, educate and inspire digital health in Western Australia. I am someone who believes that the pursuit of excellence is exciting and fun. I believe HISA is an organization that shares this vision.
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.
My career commenced as a Medical Imaging Technologist, working in public and private practice in Australia, and the UK NHS. My breadth of experience in health extends from clinical roles, administration and management of patient travel, patient safety, credentialing, policy development, telehealth, database development and project management.While my interests include, socio-technical solutions that contribute to health innovation, personalised healthcare, eHealth, digital health and workforce. I believe this combined with health literacy for a health literate and informed health consumer, has the potential to contribute to an efficient and responsive health system and service for all Australians. Digital health is rapidly progressing toward mainstream. The combined demand and expected response to issues, by an array of health consumers is driven by expectations and experiences derived from beyond the health ecosystem. I want to collaboratively contribute to solutions and offer my experiences, analytic skills, agility and zest for governance and innovation.
As general manager of Telstra Health’s Communicare software application I have been fortunate to be involved in providing solutions enabling improved health care management across the country. I have been involved in numerous programs, projects and initiatives directed toward digitalization of health care including a significant statewide initiative in WA. I’m passionate about our product and its impact on patient health outcomes. With a large number of my customers being part of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, I have a great understanding of the GAP, and the challenges facing the Indigenous communities across the country and this state. I bring experience, passion and desire to look for better ways to deliver holistic and preventative care to the Community.
Beth has worked in the area of Plastic Surgery and Burn management since 1978, focusing on ambulatory care management of non-major trauma. The WA committee requires a balance of knowledge and experience from within WA Health. Beth is well placed to contribute as a clinician and an educator. In 2007, she was instrumental in establishing the multidisciplinary Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service. She is a champion for Telehealth, coordinating the clinical aspects of the Plastic Surgery Telehealth Service, experiencing the highs and lows of service delivery on a daily basis.