HIMAA Board of Directors

HIMAA Board is made up of nine Directors who oversee the policy and business decisions of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

More information on Governance is available here.


Cheens Lee - President

Cheens is the Strategic Account Manager for Change Healthcare in the ANZ region.

Drawing on more than 10 years of experience covering enterprise solution sales and ehealth implementations in hospitals and health services, Cheens is ...focused on leveraging technology to maximise efficiencies in growing and sustaining healthcare organisations. He has held positions with Telstra Health, iSOFT (now DXC Technology) and public health services.

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cheens graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Information Management (Honours) and holds a Masters of Professional Accounting from Monash University.

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Megan Hayes - Junior Vice President

Megan Hayes is the Clinical Information Analyst with the Catholic Negotiating Alliance, coordinating the quality and safety benchmark reporting for eight private hospital networks nationally.

Having previously spent... four years in information governance and two years in department management, she is passionate about quality data and the role HIMs can play in supporting clinical and operational decision-making.

Having graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Information Management) in 2010, over the past six years Megan has worked on various IT and strategic projects including the development of an organisation-wide Health Information Management Framework and EMR Feasibility Study. As a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the profession, Megan has been an active member of the HIM community through her involvement with QUT students, as well as positions on the DRG Technical and HCP/PHDB Workgroups.

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Mark Upton - Treasurer

During his time at the RHH, Mark has undertaken multiple major projects including deployment of a digital scanned record system, state-wide PAS deployment, deployment of multiple service specific Clinical Information Systems, facilitation of ... community based Integrated Care Centres by way of shared electronic medical record set up and access; and is a key player in the amalgamation of clinical records on an area and state-wide basis. Mark is actively involved in the state-wide development of an eMR and has been a key player in supporting deployment of the MyHR in Tasmania.

Marks current role is varied, including the overall statewide management of the Health Information Management Services (HIMS) THS. This includes a total of over 180 staff through; Outpatient Appointment Schedulers and Theatre Bookings (Outpatients), Clinical Classification and Information (Coding), Clinical Transcription, Medical Records, Inpatient Services Unit (Wards and Admissions), Emergency Department Clerical team, Corporate Records, Patient Travel Assistance Scheme, coordination of Mental Health and Health Information (FOI/RTI) information release.

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Vicki Bennett

Vicki has had a diverse career applying her HIM skill at all levels of the health system both domestically and internationally. She has worked extensively across the Pacific over the past 15 years in countries such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Nauru. ...She has recently returned to consulting and is extending her Pacific experience, while also undertaking some domestic consultancies.

Vicki has a degree in Health Information Management, and a Masters in Health Informatics and is a previous President of HIMAA. She has lectured at the University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney and the University of Tasmania. She has a keen interest in education, having also worked for The University of Sydney and for The University of Queensland, where she was the Technical Director of the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub for Health.

Vicki has held a number of positions in Australian Government agencies, including as Manager of the Information Strategy Section at Medicare Australia, and at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in areas including Health Care Safety and Quality, Coding Workforce, Indigenous Program Monitoring, Continuing and Specialised Care, Health Expenditure and Workforce, Housing and Homelessness, the Australian Burden of Disease Study, and is now the Head of the My Health Record Data Unit

Vicki has a passion for seeing health data used appropriately at all levels of the health system and ensuring the building block that forms the basis of this data ensure appropriate data is available for use both nationally and internationally.

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Kate Horkings

Kate is the Operations Director Health Information Service, Monash Health. Kate has comprehensive health management experience at all levels spanning over 30 years in the acute and subacute health system and having worked in both the public and private sector.... Kate has gained significant experience of creative thinking, innovation, disruptive forces and technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (wearables), Mobile Health, Telehealth, the transition from a supplier driven to a consumer driven environment and the challenges and opportunities of embracing new technologies and its effect on business models.

Kate also has a strong and passionate involvement in community-based groups such as schools, lifesaving and the country fire association.

Kate has a: Master of Business (Information Technology); Graduate Diploma, Information Technology, Graduate Diploma, Health Administration, and an Associate Diploma Medical Record Administration

Professional memberships: Australian Computer Society, Senior Member; Health Information Management, Member and Australian College of Health Service Managers, Associate Fellow

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