Nursing informatics has a unique leadership role to ensure a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health outcomes for all Australians. Nursing is the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce and provides continuous care to patients during inpatient stays and to consumers within community and primary healthcare settings. The role of nurses in the digital environment has the potential to not only deliver improvements in efficiency and patient outcomes, but also to facilitate improved consumer and clinician experience.

Interested in nursing informatics?

Are you involved in nursing? Do you have any suggestions, ideas or would like to get involved in this special interest group?

Nursing Informatics Australia

Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA) is the pre-eminent group of nursing informaticians in Australia. NIA membership is open to all registered nurses and registered midwives. This HISA SIG is a good reference point to learn about the developments in Nursing Informatics both nationally and internationally. Over the last decade the healthcare environment has seen a transformation of work practices and an explosion in the use of information and communication technologies.

NIA aims to promote nursing informatics priorities such as appropriate language, education and ongoing research. It engenders nursing and midwifery to embrace information and communication technologies, and establishes strong foundations for taking these developments forward. It also ensures nursing and midwifery has the data and resources to continue to provide evidence-based, quality, cost-effective and outcome-driven care for patients and clients into the future.

The NI 2020 theme shows nursing professionals as frontline users of digital solutions. In the world of digitally driven, patient-centred healthcare, nurses and midwives are “nurse navigators”.

BRISBANE 27 – 29 JULY

PROGRAM     REGISTER

Leadership

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, CHIA, NSW

Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, CHIA, NSW

Chair

Bio
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.
Susan Stemp, CHIA, QLD

Susan Stemp, CHIA, QLD

Secretary

Bio
I have 28 years of nursing experience, including 5 years as a Clinical Application Analyst (Clinical Nurse Consultant) -with ieMR at Cairns Hospital. I have a major role in nursing informatics providing leadership in the development, implementation, education and optimization of the digital health system. I have an excellent foundation of knowledge and detailed expertise of clinical data, system information and workflow processes. My primary focus is on clinical standards and high-quality patient centered care. As a committee member with certification in Health Informatics Australasia (CHIA), I would contribute and participate in a leadership role, providing skills and education to promote the future of Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA) in the digital era.
Donna Barton, CHIA, NSW

Donna Barton, CHIA, NSW

Treasurer

Bio
Donna Barton is a registered nurse with over 30 years of clinical and operational experience mainly in the Aged Care sector. She has held nursing management positions involving education, quality, project management, safety and policy development roles. Donna has an intimate understanding of clinical workflow and how it relates to organisational policy, procedure, business operations, national standards and regulatory requirements. Donna created the first Health Informatics department in an aged care organisation in Australia where she has implemented clinical information systems on a large scale. These successful migrations have been change managed from paper to electronic, electronic to electronic and across multidisciplinary teams. Donna has been an active committee member of HISA’s special interest group Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA) for 6 years. Donna is an inaugural CHIA (Certified Health Informatician Australasia), the 3RD registered nurse in Australia to gain the credential and one of the first in the aged care industry. Donna wants to continue to work collaboratively on forums such as the HISA SIG’s to help the transition to a 21st century workforce that spawns nurses and other clinicians capable of meeting the challenges of e-health care delivery. The use of emerging technologies and how we manage and share health information will be an important factor in how we encourage empowerment of people to be involved in their own care.
Dr Helen Almond, VIC

Dr Helen Almond, VIC

 

Bio
Lecturer in Digital Health & Informatics and Nursing at Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Helen Almond is a registered nurse. She holds an MSc in Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner UK), Post Grad Cert. in Management and PhD in Information and Computing. Her research focusses on the use of participatory methodologies to examine the impact of digital health on the delivery of human-centred care for people with complex chronic conditions in rural communities.
Elizabeth Cummings, TAS

Elizabeth Cummings, TAS

Bio
RN, RM, BA, BIS (Hons), Grad Cert Commercialisation, PhD

Dr Cummings is currently 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 has over thirty years’ experience in healthcare in Australia. 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. Elizabeth has been involved in a range of state, national and international research projects in e-health. She is committed to the integration of nursing informatics into nursing education. She has previous experience with inter professional learning and the use of simulation. She believes in the improvement and use of technology to enhance learning and is involved in research projects related to these areas in conjunction with other national and international research teams.

Judy Hitchcock, WA

Judy Hitchcock, WA

Bio
Non office Director at the Council of International Neonatal Nurses Inc
Tasneem Islam, VIC

Tasneem Islam, VIC

Bio
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 similar important work. I’m keen to contribute further with my developing user experience design, start-up experience, advocacy and leadership skills.
Guillaume Leroux, SA

Guillaume Leroux, SA

Bio
Guillaume Leroux RN. I am a paediatric RN working in community care in SA for Silver Chain. I have recently started a master’s in health services management at UniSA and created a student club which focuses on health management projects and networking; I am an ANMF union site representant and have taken the Nurse Climate Challenge which aims to educate nurses on the health effect of climate change and promote leadership in sustainability.

I strongly believe nurses should be leading the digital health revolution; we are the biggest representative in the workforce, and producer of clinical documentation. I will use my connections through the master’s program and NIA to promote the digital literacy of nurses in university programs to ensure they find the information and have the support they need through their journey in digital health.

To achieve this, I will work towards developing interdisciplinary student-led projects in partnership with health informatics stakeholders.

Upcoming events

International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI 2020)
July 26, 2020 – July 29, 2020

15th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI 2020) 26-29 July 2020 Brisbane Australia.

To see a complete list of events, click here.

Previous webinars

Available to HISA members only. To view the recording, you may need to provide your contact information.

Nursing informatics

Lis Herbert and Brittney Wilson
19 April 2016

Forecasting informatics competencies for nurses in the future of connected health

Judy Murphy, Dr William Goossen and Patrick Weber
11 April 2017

Celebrating the Moya Conrick winners

2019    Leanna Woods Melbourne
2018    Joanne Reid Sydney
2017    Suki Loe Brisbane
2016    Naomi Dobroff Melbourne

2015    Bernice Redley Brisbane
2014    Josephine Stevens Melbourne
2013    Johanna Westbrook Adelaide

2012    Livio Ciacciarelli Sydney
2011    Susan Moller Brisbane
2010    Sharon Downman Melbourne

News

Meet Natalie Turner – registered nurse and EMR educator at SA Health

Meet Natalie Turner – registered nurse and EMR educator at SA Health

Natalie Turner has had a successful career working with SA Health, and more recently, on the state-wide EMR project as an educator. Natalie also works with the HISA South Australian state branch committee. We had a chat with her to talk about her experience in nursing informatics and the upcoming International Nursing Informatics Congress (NI) [...]

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Call for Submissions open for NI 2020 and HIC 2020

Call for Submissions open for NI 2020 and HIC 2020

For the very first time, NI and HIC are running in conjunction in Brisbane, Australia on 27-29 July 2020. NI, the international congress in nursing informatics, is the world's meeting place for nurses and midwives at the cutting edge of health's digital transformation. NI 2020 celebrates the 'International year of the nurse and midwife' and [...]

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A glimpse of NIA 2019

A glimpse of NIA 2019

HIC 2019 has taken off to a great start! Both the Sunday pre-HIC events - The Nursing Informatics Conference and Connecting healthcare: Interoperability & standards workshop - featured a packed program and were well attended. Here's a look back at NIA 2019.

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Resources

NIA BY-LAWS 2018

The complete guide to what NIA is and it’s rules (last updated April 2019)

A Strategic Paper

A framework for nursing informatics in Australia

International Council of Nurses

Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally.

Nursing Informatics Position Statement

The first national statement to affirm the role of nurses in digital healthcare at all levels and in all health settings.