Queensland has a long history of progressing health informatics in Australia. The members of the Queensland branch of ANISIG (Australian Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group) were among the original founding members who initiated the broader national Health Informatics Society of Australia and hosted the first two Health Informatics Conferences in Brisbane and the Gold Coast in 1993 and 1994 respectively.

A Queensland branch of IMIA also existed in the early days and was disbanded in favour of HISA Queensland Branch early in 1995. More recently Brisbane had the honour of hosting the 12th International Health (Medical) Informatics Congress concurrently with HIC in 2007.

Queensland is also notable in being home to a number of prominent e-health enterprises such as the Australian eHealth Research Centre, Blue Care Smart Home, CharmHealth, Medical-Objects, iSOFT.

The current HISA Queensland branch is committed to continuing this tradition of health hnformatics support and development. They aim to foster and maintain a strong health informatics community in Queensland by providing opportunities for discussion, debate, learning and networking for all people with an interest in informatics in health care. As a branch we will maintain links with HISA’s national office and represent and advocate in national health informatics forums on behalf of our membership.

We welcome feedback or requests from the Queensland community.

Contact HISA QLD

HISA QLD can be contacted via the HISA National Office:

E: [email protected]
P: 03 9326 3311


Membership of HISA QLD is available to all financial members of HISA. Benefits of being a HISA member include:

  • Subscription to the HISA QLD email list, forums and group blogs
  • The opportunity to influence and drive the e-health and health informatics agenda in Queensland
  • The opportunity to network and learn from the experience of colleagues and collaborate with others
  • The opportunity to represent the interests of e-health and health informatics professionals in national forums
  • Access to relevant and timely information
  • The ability to contribute to the latest information and resource offerings

Upcoming events

HISA QLD: Beyond My Health Record – where to from here?
Wednesday 4 September 2019 | 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Save the date – event details coming soon

International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI 2020)
July 26 to July 29, 2020
The 15th International Congress in Nursing Informatics, in conjunction with HIC 2020.

To see a complete list of events, click here.

Queensland leadership

Louise Hayes, CHIA

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

Susan Smith, CHIA
Vice Chair

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

David O'Driscoll, CHIA

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

Gil Carter

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

Reuben Daniels, CHIA

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

Dr Nadish Kariyawasam, CHIA

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

Dr Hugo Leroux

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

Ann Maree Liddy

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

Marian Linnane

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

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