Health informaticians deal with the resources, devices and methods required in optimising the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in health and biomedicine.
Health informaticians require skills in information science, computer science, social science, behavioural science, management science and health science.
This is a multidisciplinary profession involving information in health that leads to informed and assisted healthcare.
In this context Informed means that information about the subject (consumer, patient or population), together with relevant health knowledge, is available at the right time and in a form that allows it to be used. Assisted means that the job of the healthcare worker is made safer and easier and that the health consumer is supported in their decisions and actions.
The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is the peak body for the digital health community in Australia. HISA is the national affiliate of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA).
The Australasian College of Health Informatics is the professional body for health informatics leaders in the Asia-Pacific region. It consists of credentialled fellows and members as well as associate and student members. The college is an academic institutional member of the IMIA and a full member of the Australian Council of Professions.
Health informatics training pathways
Pathways into this work vary, with professionals coming from a range of backgrounds including clinical, business, science and information management. Those wishing to take this career pathway often build on their base qualifications through additional training, usually at a postgraduate or master’s level. Some of the relevant courses available include:
- Graduate Certificate in eHealth (Health Informatics) – University of Tasmania
- Graduate Diploma in eHealth (Health Informatics) – University of Tasmania
- Bachelor of eHealth (Health Informatics) – University of Tasmania
- Master of eHealth (Health Informatics) – University of Tasmania
- Bachelor of Biomedicine (Health Informatics) – The University of Melbourne
- Master of Information Technology (Health) – The University of Melbourne
- Master of Science in Medical Informatics – Northwestern University Sydney
- Graduate Certificate of e-Healthcare – The University of Queensland
- Graduate Diploma of e-Healthcare – The University of Queensland
- Master of e-Healthcare – The University of Queensland.