Healthcare networks driving digital health


Wednesday, 19 June, 2019


As digital health becomes ubiquitous in health care, more health and hospital professionals are looking for connections and new networks in specialised health informatics fields.

Over recent years, the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has responded by forming Communities of Practice for rapidly growing fields of interest: cybersecurity, precision medicine, clinical informatics, user experience (UX), nursing informatics and most recently, a student network for emerging digital health leaders.

Membership is open to all HISA members.

The communities of practice will be represented at the upcoming national digital health and health informatics conference HIC 2019 in Melbourne, 12–14 August.

HIC always offers at least 10 workshops and masterclasses to ensure attendees take real learnings back to their healthcare organisations.

Anyone can join in a dedicated workshop, which are all held onsite at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

HISA’s largest special interest group: Nursing Informatics

One of HISA’s most popular special interest groups is Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA), which holds an annual conference every year as part of HIC. This year the NIA conference is Sunday, 11 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, visit

Nurses from all over Australia connect with leading nurse informaticians at this targeted event.

NIA attendees Judy Hitchcock (left) and Jo Reid at NIA 2018 in Sydney.

A session for everyone: UX Network

Everyone is talking about UX in health care. At HIC, clinicians and healthcare professionals are invited to a special workshop, “UX for Impact”, designed by HISA’s UX Network and featuring special guest Chris McCarthy, from, a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of teens and young adults.

Workshop attendees will:

  • explore the range of impacts a UX design process can deliver to different people;
  • consider consumer healthcare design;
  • take away practical steps for how you can apply this at your workplace or your next project.

Cybersecurity class

“Hack me if you can” presented by the Cybersecurity Community of Practice

You don’t need to be a technical whizz to join this workshop. It is aimed at everyone who works within the healthcare system — clinical staff across primary care, hospital care, aged care and community care — anyone who uses a device to communicate information. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.

At this workshop, you will experience some of the factors that play out during a serious breach or incident and you will learn what actions are considered best practice. We will use a model called the C.I.A., which stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability to navigate through a scenario.

Attendees will:

  • develop a template/cheat sheets for what to include in communications and other awareness-raising activities related to cyber incidents;
  • obtain knowledge and appreciation for the risks of cyber attack in an increasing digital world;
  • provide guidance and practical takeaways to implement in the event of a breach/cyber attack at their workplace.

Personalising Precision Medicine workshop

Bringing the consumer perspective to precision medicine

HISA’s Precision Medicine Community of Practice invites HIC delegates to a workshop session on how the rapidly changing field of precision medicine will impact consumers.

Consumers are the ultimate beneficiaries of advances in health care and information underpins every technological advancement.

This workshop covers how we, as part of the healthcare system, can help ensure that their needs are truly met in realising the potential of this emerging field.

Cathy Campbell, Chair Precision Medicine Community of Practice.

Attendees will:

  • improve their understanding of precision medicine;
  • learn why the involvement of health informatics is essential;
  • hear the consumer perspective;
  • engage in a discussion of benefits, issues and challenges with a focus on consumers and the impact on them.

Workshop session for emerging clinical digital health leaders

HISA launched a special interest group for student members in 2019 to support the student community across Australia, share information and knowledge, network and shape the health informatics field for the future.

Join new student co-chair David Wang at this workshop to connect with future digital health leaders and develop ideas for career development and professional training pathways.

You will hear from established health informatics and digital health experts on their own careers paths as well as look at skills an emerging clinical digital health professional needs to be a future leader.

About HIC 2019

HIC is Australia’s largest and longest established health informatics and digital health event, attracting more then 1200 delegates from across the country every year. It is an ideal conference to introduce clinicians and health professionals to digital health developments and medical technologies, innovations, trends and industry change.

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