The HIMAA National Office Staff

The HIMAA National Office is located in North Ryde in Sydney, Australia.
It provides administrative support to all HIMAA Branch and National activities.

A number of full and part-time staff provide a range of services, including organising conferences, processing memberships, maintaining the website and clinical coder education.


Richard Lawrance


Chief Executive Officer
MEd(Hons), BEd, GradCertMgt, GAICD

Trained originally in education, Richard Lawrance brings 16 years in senior and executive management and 21 years in organisational consultancy to the role of CEO with HIMAA. Work in the health sector includes the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the National eHealth Transition Authority. Skills and experience include strategy, policy, advocacy, stakeholder management, general management, communication, curriculum development and delivery, professional development, and governance (corporate and academic). Richard has lived and worked in Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Darwin and Sydney, where he now lives with his family.


Helen Thurtell


Executive Support Officer

Helen provides executive support to the HIMAA Board and CEO as well as support for HIMAA’s diverse Committees, Working Groups and Special Interest Groups. Helen has a Bachelor of Social Science and extensive experience in community development and volunteer engagement gained from roles in Government and the Not for Profit sector.



Milla Krivozhnya


Marketing and Events Co-ordinator

Milla comes to HIMAA with over 13 years of marketing experience in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, education and retail. She graduated from the University of Maryland (USA) with honours in 2001. Her skill set is about developing, implementing and executing marketing strategies, planning and arranging events, promotional activities, and coordinating key communications, with particular interest in the events area. Milla has organised multiple conferences, seminars, and workshops for healthcare professionals.


Annemarie Arends


Quality and Evaluation Officer

Annemarie brings over 8 years of VET knowledge and experience to the role of Quality And Evaluation Officer with HIMAA.
Annemarie holds a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a Justice of the Peace.
Annemarie is responsible for compliance for HIMAA in the Education and Training Department.


Lyn Williams


Training Manager - Education Services
AssDipMRA, Cert IV TAE40110

Lyn manages the delivery of HIMAA's training programs in medical terminology and clinical coding and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate of External and Internal Clinical Coding Auditing. Lyn has extensive experience in the public health arena and has worked at the hospital, area and state levels. Starting out as a Clinical Coding Manager and Deputy Clinical Information Manager at a major teaching hospital, Lyn moved onto Area Clinical Coding Co-ordinator and then Area Health Information Manager for South Western Sydney Area Health Service. Lyn also worked at the NSW Health Department as the Clinical Coding Quality Improvement Officer and has represented different organisations on both State and National committees.


Cheryl Smith


Administration Officer - Education Services

Cheryl manages the day to day administration of Education Services.


Joanne Williams


Team Leader - Comprehensive Medical Terminology
AssDipMRA, Cert IV TAE40110, JP

Joanne is a Health Information Manager with several years of experience in the development and delivery of HIMAA education services in medical terminology. Prior to working at HIMAA she held management positions in small to medium sized hospitals with a special interest in clinical coding. Joanne is Editor for HIMAA’s The Australian Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols. She has also been a reviewer for medical terminology related publications for Elsevier Australia.


Ragni Lal


Team Leader - Clinical Coding

Prior to joining HIMAA Education Services, Ragni was Clinical Coding Manager at Liverpool Hospital from 2003-2007. In this role she provided clinical coding education training to new clinical coders as well as ongoing training & development of staff. Ragni has many years of clinical coding experience with complex casemix at tertiary hospital level. She has worked in both the public and the private health sector including a number of management positions within the public sector. Ragni keeps abreast with coding rules by coding at tertiary hospitals on a part-time basis.


Angela Morgan


Education Officer - Medical Terminology and Clinical Coding
MA, Dip Ed, Dip Nursing, Dip App Sc (HIM)

Angela has worked in a variety of positions in education, health and information management in the public and private sectors. These include lecturing in classification at tertiary level, working as a research nurse, and holding management positions in medical records departments. Angela has a Certificate IV in Training and assessment, and teaches the Accelerated Program at HIMAA.


Ann Puchner


Education Officer - Introductory Clinical Coding and Comprehensive Medical Terminology

Ann graduated from the University of Sydney with a BAppSc(HIM) in 1994. Ann also has a Certificate IV - Assessment & Workplace Training Workforce Management Consulting (BSZ98) and a Prince 2 Course Certificate. Since graduation Ann has held a range of hospital based HIM appointments and a number of project appointments with various area health services in the Sydney region.


Philida Chew


Financial Controller

Philida manages the HIMAA Accounts Department, financial reporting and consolidation of Branch accounts, budgeting and preparing statutory returns and other legislative requirements.


Anderson Hu


Accounts Clerk

Anderson provides support to the Accountant in the day to day functions of the Accounts Department.


Ralph La Tella


Manager, IMIT and Professional Development
B.App.Sc(Hons) FACHI CHIA MACS AFCHSM

Ralph is responsible for HIMAA IT services, in-house support and network administration, database administration, eCommerce systems, all online services, HIMAA National and state branch websites, SIG Web sites, WorkWeb and development of web-based applications for HIMAA as well as producing the e-Newsletter and the online editions of the HIM-I as well as Professional Development services at HIMAA.

Ralph has an Honours degree in HIM and has lectured at the School of HIM at the University of Sydney. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and has been involved in the ITC industry since 1979. He holds editorial board positions on a number of Internet-based health informatics Journals and lectures extensively on the uses of PDA/Mobile technologies in medicine and is a recognised expert in PDA technologies in health care.

He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, is a CHIA, a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Australian Computer Society (Certified Professional), HISA and the Health Information Management Systems Society.