ACHI broadens its horizons

The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI), the professional body for Health Informatics, has recently expanded its remit to the Asia-Pacific Region. The college, which was founded in 2002, adopted the “Australasian“ title late last year to enable it to respond to the increasing level of e-health activity occurring in the region.

According to ACHI president, Klaus Veil, the College is increasingly valued for the thought leadership provided by its fellows and members, many of whom are noted national and international as experts in Health Informatics.

“ACHI regularly provides comment and input to papers, proposals and legislative drafts in the region — most recently on the Health Identifier legislation Senate Inquiry,” said Mr Veil.

ACHI is an Academic Institutional Member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), a member of Standards Australia IT-014 “Health Informatics” national committee, a sponsor of the electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI), an open access peer-reviewed professional journal, and has also supported the Australian Health Informatics Education Council since its founding in 2009.

AHIEC was formed out of the need for coordination of education in the health informatics area and has received government financial seeding support. The first projects undertaken by AHIEC have provided new insights in how best to progress the up-skilling of the Australian e-health workforce. This work has also clarified how best to include health informatics training into the Australian education sector in a manner that will improve career structure development and enable sustainable e-health workforce planning.

Further information about AHIEC and ACHI are available from: http://www.achi. org.au

Posted in Australian eHealth

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