Victoria

About HISA VIC

HISA Victoria provides a forum for discussing health informatics issues and brings together the diversity of personnel involved in health informatics and e-health. It promotes networking amongst members and opportunities to keep up to date with the vast array of developments within health informatics and e-health through its regular meetings.

HISA Vic was established as a HISA branch in November 2001. Victoria’s history commenced in 1984 with the formation of the Nursing Computer Group (Vic). In 1991 the group hosted the very successful international Nursing Informatics ’91 congress, an event of IMIA NI. In 1992 the group underwent a name change to represent all Australian nurse informaticians – Nursing Informatics Australia.

During that year the group amalgamated with AHIA Vic to become HISA Vic Inc. 1993, the birth year of HISA, HISA Vic funded the first HIC event and continued financially supporting the formation of the national organisation. The funds and activities generated during the first two years supported the young national organisation – HISA.

HISA Vic is proud to have been a member of the HISA foundation group assisting in the development of the national professional association.

Contact HISA VIC

HISA VIC can be contacted via the HISA National Office:

 
E: [email protected]
P: 03 9326 3311

Victoria Leadership

Tony Abbenante
Chair

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
Vice Chair

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
Secretary

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.

Dr Travis Grant

 

Dr Leon Heffer

Leon is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and is currently acting Operations Manager of Barwon Health’s Decision Support Unit. Prior to this, he was Head of 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 – something Leon is keen to promote and support in his role on the HISA VIC Branch Committee.

Tasneem Islam

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

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.

Raana Monshi

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.

Membership

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

  • Subscription to the HISA VIC email list, forums and group blogs
  • The opportunity to influence and drive the e-health and health informatics agenda in Victoria
  • 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

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