HISA board, award winners announced at HIC2012

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has named its new board members for the next two years along with the award winners from this week's Health Informatics Conference (HIC2012), held in Sydney.

Katerina Andronis was re-elected chair of the HISA board, along with David Hansen, who was re-elected secretary. The other board executives – vice-chair Jon Hilton and treasurer Phil Robinson – were not up for re-election.

Returning board directors include Tam Shepherd, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Jen Bichel Findlay and Lis Herbert. Michael Gill was newly elected to the board while current board member David Rowlands was not up for re-election.

The winner of the Branko Cesnik award for best scientific paper was Jim Warren of the University of Auckland, who spoke about using a general practice EMR for improving blood pressure medication adherence.

The student paper award winner was Jaime Garcia of the University of Technology, Sydney, who discussed using “exergames” for the elderly using Microsoft's Kinect.

Livio Ciacciarelli from SA Health won the Moya Conrick Award for his paper on a clinical practice support program to support assessment and care planning at the beside during the Nursing Informatics Conference.

Nasser Dhini and Alicia Cook won the student mobile health app competition for their idea to develop an app using the principles of gamification for improving sexual health education for young women.

At the HISA gala dinner on Wednesday, August 1, IHE Australia advocates Bernie and Yvonne Crowe received honorary life membership in recognition of their distinguished service to HISA and health informatics. Nigel Chartres won the distinguished service award.

The Don Walker awards for effectiveness, efficiency and access went to Jenny O'Neill of EpiSoft, Alice Freyne of Surgical Multimedia Services and Geraldine McDonald of Arthritis Australia.

Pulse+IT received the HISA media award.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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