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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Cassandra Rupnik - Senior vice President

Cassie has worked in a variety of regional and metropolitan private and public hospitals. Since relocating with her family to Northern NSW in 2006, her passion for regional health information management issues has expanded.

Her experience includes... ehealth projects for Northern NSW Local Health District implementing EMR, ERiC and eMEDS.

Cassie's role as the Senior HIM - Market Development for Pavilion Health, is to continue work on improving the quality of coded data for HIMs and Clinical Coders globally, in both the private and public sectors. Her goal is to see that great data leads to improving patient care.

Cassie has been a HIM for over 25 years graduating from The University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is proud to hold the post-nominal of CHIM.

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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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Vera Dimitropoulos - Member & IFHIMA Director Western Pacific Region

With a background in Health Information Management, Vera was the Executive Manager, Classification Development at the National Centre for Classification in Health at the University of Sydney until 2017 and now leads the Centre as Co-Director, together with Richard Madden. ...She is also Co-Chair of the Education and Implementation Committee within the World Health Organization’s Family of International Classifications Network and has worked on ICD-11 as part of the International Joint Task Force.

Vera is currently on the Board of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) and is a Visiting Fellow at Western Sydney University working on the development of the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management). Vera is also Director for the Western Pacific Region, International Federation of Health Information Management Associations.

As well as her teaching roles within the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, Vera has in the past managed major classification projects for the University of Sydney, most recently, the development of the AR-DRG Classification System which incorporates ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and the AR-DRG classifications.

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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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Grant Duffill - Member

Grant is the Director Health Information Management for West Moreton Health in Queensland.

With 18 years’ experience in the Health Information Management profession, Grant has worked across a number of Queensland Hospital and Health Services in traditional HIM roles. ...Grant has also worked across Queensland implementing the states clinical enterprise applications. Grant has a passion for privacy and information access and also enjoys mentoring and training Health Information Management students.

Grant graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Health Information Management. Grant is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Sharon Campbell

Sharon has over 20 years’ experience across education, private and public healthcare sectors in Australia and the Middle East. Roles have included Health Information Manager, Clinical Coder, Business Manager and Lecturer.... She was the Course Coordinator in the Department of Health Information Management/Health Policy and Management at Curtin University, Bentley. Currently, she is the Undergraduate Course Coordinator of Health Information Management at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

As both a member and director of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) for several years, she has chaired the Education Committee and is the current chair of the Rural and Remote Special Interest Group for Health Information Managers.

Sharon maintains a keen interest in all matters related to clinical, administrative and health issues related to Health Information Management, in particular to new developments, management and privacy/medico-legal issues.

Sharon is a graduate of Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science - Health Information Management and Masters in Management of Health.

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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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