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.


Philida Chew - Director Finance & Operations CPA

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


Liz Millo - Executive Support Officer

Liz brings to HIMAA a wealth of experience from the many directions her career has taken. Liz primarily worked in roles across the Media industry, starting in radio and in later years, roles in media related industries including Adstream and Foxtel. More recently she undertook a contract position as EA to the CEO for The Centre for Social Impact, at UNSW. Liz’s many different roles over the years including Office Management, Project Management, Team Manager, Customer Service and PA and EA roles have all culminated in her ability to manage the many and varied tasks that are required of the Executive Support Officer at HIMAA.

Milla Krivozhnya - Marketing and Events Manager

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 Manager

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 - Director 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 Sarlas - 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.


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.


Anderson Hu - Accounts & Membership Coordinator

Anderson commenced his career as an Accounts Officer with HIMAA in 2013 after graduating from Macquarie University in Professional Accounting. Anderson is currently doing his CPA program and is a member of CPA Australia. Anderson’s role has changed since 2017, providing support to the Finance Director in the delivery of membership services, managing accounting ledgers and assisting in the preparation of financial reports. With his strong analytical and technical skills, Anderson is a strong team member to have when completing projects or meeting the deadlines.