ACHI lends its weight to health information workforce summit

The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) will take part in the health information workforce summit being organised by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) in Sydney next month.

The summit aims to address the health information workforce shortage and configuration challenges highlighted by the 2013 Health Workforce Australia (HWA) health information workforce report, which is currently under review by the Australian health ministers’ health workforce principal committee.

HIMAA hopes that the summit will result in an action plan to address workforce shortages in the health information management and health informatics workforces.

ACHI president Klaus Veil said the college believed that a joint approach between the professions will be an effective one to address the current workforce shortage issues.

Mr Veil said it was hoped there would be recognition of the “urgent need” to expand and train the eHealth workforce in light of the government's recommitment to the national PCEHR.

HIMAA president Sallyanne Wissmann said the HWA report provided a landmark opportunity to address current workforce challenges and plan for the future of the health information workforce to meet current and emerging national health reforms and initiatives.

“It establishes clearly in its early sections just how important key occupations in the health information management profession are in the management of health information within the healthcare system,” Ms Wissmann said.

“A joint approach by the health information management and health informatics professions can only strengthen our suit with government and industry.

“The third peak body in our combined field, the Health Informatics Society of Australia, will also be attending the summit, and we hope to be able to expand on their involvement shortly.”

The Health Information Workforce Summit will be held at the Dockside Cockle Bay Plenary Room at Sydney's Darling Harbour on Friday, October 30.

Posted in Australian eHealth


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