The Health Information Management Association of Australia Ltd (HIMAA) is the peak professional body for health information management (HIM) professionals in Australia. It has been serving the health information management profession since 1949.
Health information management professionals contribute to the health outcomes and delivery of the healthcare system through best practice health information management. Recognised occupations include health information managers (HIMs) and clinical coders (CCs). They hold the information systems key to the integration of patient records and funding flow in efficiency as well as effectiveness improvements to patient care.
HIMAA promotes and supports our members as the universally recognised specialists in information management at all levels of the healthcare system. We do this by:
- Developing strategy to position the profession positively in the healthcare environment
- Advocating policy and positions to better enable health information management professionals to contribute to health care delivery
- Developing quality and practice standards to support the standing of our members in their workplaces and, perhaps most importantly,
- Ensuring workforce supply through quality education and training.
A Membership Organisation
HIMAA is a not for profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors who are HIMAA members. The Association has a national office in Sydney staffed to deliver functionality in membership services, education and training, publications and resources, positioning and advocacy, communication and corporate services. HIMAA relies on the volunteer contribution of members to achieve its objectives and deliver organisational governance. Membership support is provided through State and Territory branches at the local level, and nationally through our annual conference, which is of international standing. Our peer-reviewed journal, the Health Information Management Journal is the only academic HIM journal in the world to achieve an international Thomson Reuters impact rating and DOI international citation referencing.
HIMAA offers members:
- International Recognition
- Professional Development
- Specialist Resources
- Networking Opportunities
- Career Advancement
HIMAA members have access to many networking and professional development events organised at both State and National levels, including:
- National Conference
- State Branch Seminars
- Online Webinars
- Live Webcasts of events
- Discounts to affiliate events overseas
- State Branch social events
For more information about HIMAA membership, click on the Membership tab above.
What Are Health Information Management Professionals?
Health Information Managers (HIMs) provide information for evidence-based decision making at all levels of the Australian Health System.
HIMs are skilled in information technology, health sciences, ht management, systems and data analysis, health law, classification systems, clinical research, and health services funding. For more information on health information managers, click HERE
Clinical coders convert information from patients' medical records into alphanumeric codes according to a health classification system. These codes form part of data collection which is used for research, funding and health care planning. Clinical coders must have an excellent attention to detail in order to produce high levels of accuracy. They must also have a comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology. For more information on clinical coding, click HERE
Some industry applications of health information management include:
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The Health Information Management professional’s lifelong learning journey can begin as soon as they graduates from the secondary schooling system. For over 20 years HIMAA has delivered vocational education and training in clinical coding, more recently as a Registered Training Organisation. Individuals who complete all four steps in the HIMAA clinical coding learning journey can sit an exam to be recognised by HIMAA as a Certified Clinical Coder.
At the tertiary level, HIMAA is the official, formal accrediting body for all Health Information Management degree courses in Australia and overseas. HIMAA accreditation enables graduates to become Full Members of the association.
At the post-graduate level, Clinical Coders, Health Information Managers and other professionals in the health information field can participate in HIMAA’s Professional Credentialing Scheme, whereby members can offer employers quality assurance by demonstrating participation in continuing professional development activity. For examples of activity eligible for recognition by this scheme, see HIMAA’s Events column below.
For more information about HIMAA’s education and training activity, click on the Education tab at the top of the page and select from the drop-down boxes.’