ACHI publishes directory of health information education programs

The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) has put together what it says is the first comprehensive directory of education programs for the health information professions, listing vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate education and training programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Chair of the ACHI education committee Juanita Fernando said the college had identified that many government health authorities and health industry employers were unaware of the education options for the professions.

“New information technologies, although ubiquitous, have generally proved disruptive to health practice,” Dr Fernando said. “The college is therefore keen to increase employment of appropriately qualified health information professionals in the health system to enable health organisations and governments to better meet the growing needs.”

The directory will assist employers, policy-makers, recruiters and prospective students by listing the many entry points to profession and making key information about the educational system publicly available, she said.

ACHI president Klaus Veil said the directory aims to list all education and training programs that are available to those working or wanting to work in health information professions in Australia and New Zealand.

“We hope that this will encourage more health information professionals on the journey from entry-level to advanced and formal qualifications,” he said.

ACHI has also worked with the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) and the Australian Library and Information Association's Health Libraries Australia (HLA) group to develop a series of health informatics category role descriptors for the Australia Institute of Health & Welfare's (AIHW) METEOR listings.

Dr Fernando said the descriptors will be used to update the Person and Provider Identification in Healthcare National Best Practice Data Set (NBPDS) with a view to embedding the health information professions into Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) codes and pursuing formal recognition of the profession with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

See or download the ANZSCO role descriptors (PDF).

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: HISA, HIMAA, ACHI, Klaus Veil, Juanita Fernando, Health informatics

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