Member consultation

Proposal to form a new digital health peak body
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HISA and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) are consulting members to seek their views and input on a proposal to unite and create a new organisation for health informatics and digital health. ACHI and HISA have worked together since ACHI was formed nearly 20 years ago and today the relationship is stronger, more collaborative and strategic than ever.

The ACHI Council and HISA Board believe now is the time to come together to create a new organisation to serve the requirements of the health informatics and digital health community, and healthcare more broadly. It is believed a new structure would provide significant benefits to members both as individuals and organisationally that will flow onto many thousands of stakeholders.

The consultation period ends 25 June 2019

  • We would like you to complete the survey before 25 June.
  • Members will be asked to vote on the new organisation proposal at special general meetings held before the end of 2019, possibly during HIC 2019 in Melbourne.
  • If the proposal is passed, the new organisation would launch in 2020.

Here's how to have your say

Why a new organisation?

The health workforce is rapidly embracing digital health and health informatics. The demand for education, training, professional pathways, certification and leadership development is growing. HISA and ACHI can meet more of this demand by coming together to create a new organisation. This provides overall benefits for the health workforce and the whole digital health community.

HISA and ACHI have shared interests in and a commitment to:

  • Education and training
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Support for students and young leaders
  • Communities of Practice
  • Executive leadership networks
  • Advocacy for digital health

Three reasons why the time is right

1. Overlapping goals and objectives

HISA and ACHI have been working closely with an overlapping membership and many shared goals and objectives. In 2019, with shared strategies for workforce capacity building and the recognition of health informatics as a profession, we can achieve more by joining forces.

2. Workforce embracing digital

The health workforce is now rapidly embracing digital health and health informatics. The demand for education, training, professional pathways, certification and leadership development is growing. HISA and ACHI can meet more of this demand by coming together to create a new organisation.

3. Time is right for unification

There has already been significant investment in digital health in our hospitals and across our health services. With the recent expansion of the national My Health Record Program, and the transition to opt-out, never has digital health been more widely debated and discussed by the broader community. The time is right for a single unified voice from digital health leaders and experts at a time when consumers are looking for informed opinion, advice and guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will forming a new organisation benefit me?

You will be a member of a larger, influential peak body offering, for the first time, end-to-end membership services to suit every stage of your studies and career in digital health.
HISA and ACHI have shared interests in and a commitment to:

  • Education and training
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Support for students and young leaders
  • Communities of Practice
  • Executive leadership networks
  • Advocacy for digital health

As we bring together the complementary resources and regional and global connections of both ACHI and HISA, there will be even more opportunities for your personal and professional development.

How does the Australian and New Zealand community benefit?

As a new and united single voice on digital health, the new organisation will have greater representation and stronger advocacy capability in all forums. It would also work with other peak bodies to emphasise digital health expertise through collaboration with clinical and health service organisations. A stronger voice for digital health and health informatics will ultimately benefit all Australians.

Will there be a new constitution?

Yes. A new constitution will establish the governance structure for the new organisation.

What would the new organisation be named?

A new name has not yet been selected. However, we know there would need to be a new name and brand to reflect the combined new organisation while retaining the history, growth and purpose of both current organisations.

Is this good for the digital health community?

The health workforce is now rapidly embracing digital health and health informatics. The demand for education, training, professional pathways, certification and leadership development is growing. HISA and ACHI can meet more of this demand by coming together to create a new organisation. This provides overall benefits for the health workforce and the whole digital health community.

What about membership entitlements?

Members of HISA and Members and Fellows of ACHI would be automatically transitioned into the new organisation with the same entitlements they currently hold.

Will my membership fees change?

No. Your membership fees will remain the same for the foreseeable future.  

Will a new board be elected?

Yes. The HISA Board and the ACHI Council would be replaced by an interim Board, with members initially drawn from current office-holders and in subsequent years through election by members.

What are the timeframes?

Members will be asked to vote on the new organisation proposal at special general meetings held before the end of 2019, possibly during HIC 2019 in Melbourne.

If members vote to proceed, the new organisation would launch in February 2020.

Calendar of consultation events

Webinar

Tuesday 7 May
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEST

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VIC Event

Wednesday 8 May
7:00 PM

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NSW Event

Monday 20 May
7:00 PM

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QLD Event

Wednesday 22 May
7:00 PM

Webinar

Thursday 23 May
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Webinar

Wednesday 5 June
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Webinar

Tuesday 18 June
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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WA Event

Tuesday 18 June
7:00 PM

Key Dates

Consultation period commences 30 April 2019

Consultation period closes 25 June 2019

Special General Meeting for HISA members date TBC

Special General Meeting for ACHI members date TBC

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