Health Information Workforce Summit Employer Engagement 11 November 2016 | HIW Summit 2016 speakers announced | Joint media release



Friday, 28 October, 2016: The Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI), Australian Library and Information Association's Health Libraries Australia (ALIA/HLA), and the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) have joined forces to deliver a follow-up to the 2015 HIW Summit held in October last year.

These five professional organisations are concerned about the increasing workforce shortage in key health information workforce (HIW) occupations such as Clinical Coders, Health Information Managers, Health Librarians and Health Informaticians. Such occupations represent the frontline in the digitisation of health information and are essential to achieving the desired quality of care and economic benefits from eHealth reform. A failure now to address the rapidly emerging workforce needs will lead to reform failure.

The HIW Summit in October 2015, attended largely by the HIW professions, identified 27 wide ranging suggestions to employers that are outlined in a summit report launched on the HIMAA and ACHI websites in July of this year. The upcoming 2016 HIW Summit, also in Melbourne, on Friday November 11, is designed to engage employers with the HIW to review these recommendations and identify a joint future action plan.

Speakers at the Summit, to be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel, include Victorian Healthcare Alliance CEO Tom Symondson, AHMAC HIW Working Group Chair Dean Raven, La Trobe University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Dodd, and Immediate Past ACHSM President Associate Professor John Rasa.

These speakers will be joined by Ann Larkins, Executive Director Information Development with Alfred Health, Philip Kent, University Librarian and Executive Director Collections at Melbourne University, Libby Owen, Project Director, Clinical Systems at the Austin Hospital, and Alex Toth, District Health Information Manager with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District in NSW.

For HIW employers and HIW professionals, there is still time to register for the HIW Summit by emailing

Registrations close Monday 7 November 2016. For more information visit

For the HIW Summit 2015 Report visit  or 



Friday 28 October 2016 9:45am