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eHealth Queensland is supporting the certification of up to 100 health professionals this year which will substantially add to digital health workforce capacity building in the State.

Thanks for your interest. There has been such strong interest from Queensland Health employees in CHIA that we have already reached the 100 nominee capacity. If you would like to be informed on future opportunities please email certfication@hisa.org.au

Welcome to the Queensland Health-endorsed CHIA program

Nominations are invited from all Queensland Health employees to be part of the Certified Health Informatician of Australasia (CHIA) program which acknowledges the expertise and skills of health informatics, e-health and digital health professionals working in clinical settings, in health ICT or in information management roles across the organisation.

eHealth Queensland is supporting the certification of up to 100 health professionals this year which will substantially add to digital health workforce capacity building in the State.

CHIA is delivered by HISA, the Health Informatics Society of Australia, in partnership with the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA).

Steps towards certification

If you are accepted into the CHIA program, you will take part in special Queensland Health orientation sessions, receive the textbook Practitioners Guide to Health Informatics in Australia and other course material and resources and have three months of self-directed study to prepare for an online exam which provides you with national certification as a health informatician and the CHIA credentials.

How to get started

There has been such strong interest from Queensland Health employees in CHIA that we have already reached the 100 nominee capacity. Please contact infoshare@health.qld.gov.au if you have any questions.

* Please allow 7 to 14 days for processing your application.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is CHIA?

CHIA (Certified Health Informatician Australasia) is a unique credentialing program in health informatics, developed in partnership with ACHI, HIMAA and HISA.

CHIA formally recognises the knowledge and skills for those working in health informatics and e-health. Once certified, a CHIA can demonstrate they have broad expertise in health informatics principles, concepts, methods and skills, and the ability to apply these in the workplace.

CHIA is bestowed on those individuals who successfully complete the CHIA exam. The examination covers a wide range of topics, within six major areas of competence considered essential to a health informatician in Australasia.

Why is eHealth Queensland supporting my certification as a CHIA?

Investing in the workforce builds knowledge, expertise and long term capacity for Queensland Health and therefore provides benefits for patients and consumers.

CHIA is the credentialing program for digital health and health informatics in Australia.

What happens after I take the exam and become certified?

Certified employees have the option to maintain their competencies in digital health and health informatics as part of an ongoing CHIA professional development program.

How do I start the process?

There has been such strong interest from Queensland Health employees in CHIA that we have already reached the 100 nominee capacity. If you would like to be informed on future opportunities please email certfication@hisa.org.au

Am I eligible?

Eligibility criteria

In order to register and sit for CHIA you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• A degree+ plus three (3) years of associated experience*
OR
• Five (5) years of associated experience (no degree required).*

+ Degree can be any degree and does not have to be in health informatics.
* Associated experience includes the following functional areas: health informatics, health administration/management, clinical information systems, e-health, health information systems, health information management. Associated experience is generally considered paid work outside of any vocational course requirements, such as internships and study placements. Volunteer experience may be relevant, but will be assessed on an individual basis with supporting evidence to be submitted.

The eligibility of individuals who don’t meet the above criteria will be reviewed by the CHIA Examination Committee on a case by case basis.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to you. Once you are assessed, and if you are accepted into the CHIA program by the organising partners, eHealth Queensland covers all of the certification costs including text books and resources.

When can I take the exam?

The exam is an online exam, so you can take it at your will. You may sit the exam at any time within 90 days of being registered.

Meet certified health informaticians in Queensland

With 10 years in Hospital Pharmacy, I have come to appreciate the complexity of Australian Healthcare and believe strongly in the benefits it will gain by migrating records and practice into an electronic environment. In July 2013 I joined the eHealth Unite project at UnitingCare Health (UCH) to open Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital, St Stephen’s Hervey Bay. As a Clinical Business Analyst, I had extensive involvement in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADC) and Unit Dose Packaging (UDP) implementations and now work to maintain and continually improve these and other UCH med management systems as a Clinical Informatics Pharmacist.”

What will be your next challenge in this space?
I wanted to overcome the barrier I perceived in promoting technology within healthcare: a non-clinician promoting improvements to clinician’s work. I have become a Registered Nurse to have greater appreciation for the clinical perspective and issues which could be addressed by technology. Now as a clinician in a remote community, I am in a position where I can influence and lead change, test new ideas and contribute to the growing body of knowledge. The ageing nursing workforce will pose a significant challenge over the next 20 years. The resistance to change and resistance learning new technologies will be challenging, but I feel with a large percentage of nurses set to retire in the coming decade, technology may offer some assistance in overcoming the resulting worsening workforce shortage.

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Caroline Irle RN, BN, BSC, GCeHC, CHIA | Dirranbandi Hospital | South West Hospital and Health Service

“Becoming one of the inaugural CHIA practitioners is a highlight career achievement for me and I am keen to encourage more colleagues to pursue this recognition of their skills and experience in this broad field of health informatics. Currently employed by Mater Health in Brisbane, I find there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the dynamic and innovative information and technology management environment.”

Joy Smith

Manager Health Informatics Service, Mater Health Brisbane

David works with clinicians, government and the software industry to ensure national digital health solutions are interoperable. He has had the opportunity to work with organisations ranging from small software development houses to some of Australia’s largest construction and mixed resource companies, as well as state and federal government departments. While their size has been diverse, all these organisations had one common need: IT systems that integrated with their business processes to provide meaningful business outcomes.

David O’Driscoll

Australian Digital Health Agency

Louise Hayes is a health informatics expert working for EY who worked in the e-health space at Queensland Health, implementing an electronic medical record solution into public hospitals across Queensland, Australia. She says qualifying as a CHIA in 2014 as one of Australia’s inaugural certified practitioners has confirmed her passion and growth into the informatics profession and this is demonstrated through her many commitments of mentoring, lecturing, presenting at conferences and workshops writing articles.

Louise Hayes

Hayes, Ernst & Young

“With 10 years in Hospital Pharmacy, I have come to appreciate the complexity of Australian Healthcare and believe strongly in the benefits it will gain by migrating records and practice into an electronic environment. In July 2013 I joined the eHealth Unite project at UnitingCare Health (UCH) to open Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital, St Stephen’s Hervey Bay. As a Clinical Business Analyst, I had extensive involvement in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADC) and Unit Dose Packaging (UDP) implementations and now work to maintain and continually improve these and other UCH med management systems as a Clinical Informatics Pharmacist.”

Samantha Nothling Clinical Informatics Pharmacist, UnitingCare Health

“It is good to have a CHIA certification in e-health to authenticate my knowledge and experience. Integration and use of data in the field of health is critically important and prior to the introduction of CHIA there was no method for health information architects, informaticians and BA’s to prove their competence. Everyone involved in health, whether vendors or their customers, public or private, should be using certification in their recruitment, marketing, tenders and responses. The CHIA exam covers everything from clinical, IT and networking to research so it requires broad knowledge and depth of health experience.”

Joe Griffiths National Engagement Manager, Ocean Informatics.

“My background is in mental health, and one of the things that we know in mental health that can help us reduce the burden of disease is if we are delivering the best evidence-based care to patients, and if we are maximizing the time we’re spending each day doing that. So what I’m really interested in is how the technology that we use can facilitate us doing that in real time and giving feedback to clinicians so they can tailor the interventions they’re giving to patients to ensure they’re getting the best possible outcomes.” Grant is a psychologist with certifications in governance, finance and health informatics. His passion is to use data to improve workforce productivity in the health and social services sectors and to take an evidence-informed approach to demonstrating client outcomes. Grant founded Social Outcomes Australia to provide consulting services to the private and not-for-profit health and social services sectors. Grant has been a member of the Queensland Branch Executive of HISA since 2015.

Grant Hawgood General Manager – Service Design and Improvement, Relationships Australia

“I have been immensely proud of HISA, its growth in the early days and its hard-earned and professional achievements since then, especially in leading, with excellence, the development of health informatics in Australia. I will do my utmost to continue to promote the CHIA program and HISA throughout Australia and elsewhere.”

David Evans Deputy Director Medical Services, Metrosouth Hospital Health Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital

David is part of the #wearehealthinformatics campaign: you can read his full profile HERE.

“Having an industry recognised certification in Health Informatics is important to me as I both consult and lecture in Health Informatics in Australia and in China. This certification demonstrates a further professional commitment to our industry and recognises those competencies across the discipline. It takes demonstrated experience, hard work and a breadth of understanding across Health Informatics which is pragmatic, purposeful and both challenging to attain and maintain. So CHIA certification not only recognises an industry-based achievement against an internationally aligned set of competencies, but further demonstrates that ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills across Health Informatics.””

Mark Brommeyer FACHI, AFAIM, MAICD, CHIA
Managing Director, Brommeyer Consulting Pty Ltd
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Australia
Chair, HISA Queensland Branch

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