HISA's Western Australia Branch
About HISA WA
The HISA WA branch is a dedicated group of professionals from diverse backgrounds with an interest in informatics across a range of applications in health and clinical practice. Established in 2004 the Branch aims to encourage dialogue, debate and shared experiences in health informatics.
The WA Branch is the Western Australian branch of the national body. Julie Bishop MP, the Minister for Ageing officially launched the branch on 21st July 2004. The official launch of HISA (WA) was held in conjunction with the 2004 AGM. Dr Robert Wooding, then the head of the Department of Health and Ageing’s HealthConnect program addressed the crowd of over 80 attendees.
Anyone with an interest or curiosity in the health informatics field is invited to join us at one of our educational events. Up to 3-4 events are held annually and present a fantastic opportunity to learn more about new systems, developments, strategies and technologies. They also provide valuable networking opportunities and a chance to interact with like-minded individuals.
Our major event in the professional calendar is the annual Health Information Technology WA (HITWA) Conference which brings together national and international leaders in health informatics for a full day of presentations and discussion.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next event.
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.
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
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.
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.
Membership of HISA WA is available to all financial members of HISA. Benefits of being a HISA member include:
- Subscription to the HISA WA email list, forums and group blogs
- The opportunity to influence and drive the e-health and health informatics agenda in Western Australia
- 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