HISA calls for nominations for aged care informatics committee

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is calling for nominations for the committee of its aged care informatics special interest group (SIG) for 2013-2014.

HISA's aged care SIG aims to promote the adoption of ICT, assistive technology and information management in ageing and aged care. Its current chairman is Associate Professor Andrew Georgiou of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at the University of NSW.

Nominations must be received by the HISA national office via email by 5pm on Friday, July 12.

The committee must comprise of not less than five nor more than 10 people. If more than 10 people nominate, a secret ballot will be held during the SIG's annual general meeting on Wednesday, July 17.

The AGM is being held during the Aged Care Informatics (ACI) conference as part of HISA's Health Informatics Conference (HIC), taking place in Adelaide from July 15 to 18.

The primary theme of ACI 2013 is 'Theory into Practice – the Delivery of a Quality Digital Aged Care Service'.

Speakers include Martin Laverty, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, who will discuss future challenges in aged care and the role IT plays; Renuka Visvanathan and Damith Ranasinghe from the University of Adelaide, who will showcase a movement sensor alarm system to aid falls prevention; and Andrew Downes of the National interRAI Software Service of NZ, who will discuss the implementation of interRAI as a national methodology in New Zealand.

Other speakers are Llyr Otto and Regan Stathers from The Whiddon Group, who will outline the implementation of an electronic client relationship record system in aged care; Mandy Salomon of Swinburne University, who will look at applying virtual environments to dementia care; Hamish Robertson of the Ageing Research Centre, who will discuss spatial informatics for aged care; and Klaus Veil of the University of Western Sydney, who will discuss care provision expectations of remote children of ageing parents.

HISA has also released the names of the nominees for its board, which will also be named at HIC. HISA members can vote online up until HIC, or in person at the HISA AGM.

The federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at HIC.

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