Over the past three years, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health (CEIH) have supported staff from across the state to complete the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) certification. Last week on 30 November, CEIH facilitated a graduation and networking event at the Flinders University at Victoria Square campus for all of the CHIA graduates. This meant that graduates could finally and officially be recognised for the work they had done, even the 2020 group sponsored study group who were not able to celebrate their achievements due to pandemic restrictions.

Out of the over 150 CEIH and SA Health sponsored CHIA graduates, almost one-third were able to attend the event.

Formal proceedings were opened by Tina Hardin (Executive Director, Clinical Informatics and Innovation, CEIH), who discussed how CEIH is investing in CHIAs as future thought leaders in the health excellence and innovation space. Dr Angie Abdel Shafei (Director of Healthcare Management at Flinders University) welcomed CEIH and the CHIA graduates to the Flinders University Victoria Square campus and gave an overview of study opportunities in 2023. Mark Brommeyer (Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management, Flinders University and CHIA examination board member) wrapped up formal proceedings with an inspiring speech on how as informaticians, CHIAs can reduce the gaps between existing healthcare practices and set collective goals for improved healthcare quality.

Following these inspirational words from our speakers, the graduates were presented with their certificate and membership pin by Tina Hardin and Mark Brommeyer. This moment was memorialised for with individual and group photo opportunities.

With the formalities over, the evening ended with graduates networking with CEIH and planning how to use their new skills in practice.

The CEIH would like to congratulate all CHIA graduates. The CEIH will advise when future CEIH funded CHIA opportunities will be available.