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President's Message

President's Message h i s is a very exciting time for the The Executive Officer will also be an Health Information Management official 'voice' for the HIMAA. This means Association of Australia - a time that I that not only will he or she be the consider marks the real 'coming of age' of Association's initial contact point, but also the Association. I feel privileged to be will be responsible for developing leading the HIMAA through the next twelve submissions, responses and comments on months and I am certainly looking forward topical issues for the approval of Council. to meeting and working with as many of our Coordination of the HIMAA's publications members as possible. I like to think that I am program will also be a task for the Executive an approachable person so if anyone has any Officer. An advertisement for the position of Executive Officer appears elsewhere in this comments or gripes they would like to publication and I urge those interested to discuss with a member of Council, I am Sue Walker contact the Honorary Secretary for further more than willing to take some time out to President information. talk things over. Also heralded during the Conference was Firstly I would like to congratulate Cheryl Cohan and another very significant milestone for the HIMAA. This her Committee for the organisation of the 15th Conference was the announcement by Christine Erratt that the Casemix of the HIMAA held in Melbourne in late October. With Branch of the Department of Health, Housing, Local over 400 registrants, most interesting and educational Government and Community Services has invited the speakers, a range of exhibitors and an enjoyable variety of HIMAA to submit a proposal for a two year project in the social events, I am sure that everyone who was able to area of coder accreditation. The draft proposal that is attend benefited significantly. I was especially pleased by currently being developed in response to this offer has fOUI the number of students who were able to attend and also the main objectives: sizeable contingent of overseas delegates who were able to get to Melbourne to share the occasion with us. • review of the current coder workforce in Australia At the AGM and in the September AMRJ, Angela Cook • identification of issues surrounding the assessment informed members of the recent decision made by the and recognition of coder competence HIMAA Council to appoint a part-time salaried Executive • specification of workforce and industrial issues Officer for the Association. This move recognises that the • definition of the need for education and training for HIMAA has moved into a new era, in which the reliance on coders in Australia. volunteers to perform all the tasks required to run a busy, proactive and progressive Association is no longer Ultimately a recommendation regarding the need for, practical. Although Council will still appoint honorary and the most appropriate method of implementing, coder office bearers, the Executive Officer will be responsible for accreditation will be presented. It is planned that the project the coordination of these office bearers to ensure that the will be accomplished under the direction of a Project HIMAA functions smoothly and with optimal efficiency. Manager, who will be appointed by the HIMAA Council for the term of the undertaking. It is hoped that by the time It should be noted that the Executive Officer will hold this Journal goes to press that a contract will have been an appointed position, not an elected position (as do signed with the Commonwealth, with work on the project Council members). The impact of this is that Council will to begin in February 1994. Again, there is an advertisement retain the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the in this edition for the position of Project Manager and I events and climate in which the health information exhort you all to consider this opportunity. management industry operates are anticipated, recognised and translated into the needs of its members. This will Exciting times indeed: happen through policy formation, approval and evaluation of programs and activities for the Association and through the monitoring of achievements. The Executive Officer, under the guidance of Council, will implement these Ii HIMAA policies. AMR JOURNAL VOL. 23 No.4. 1993 115 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Medical Record Journal SAGE

President's Message

Australian Medical Record Journal , Volume 23 (4): 1 – Dec 1, 1993

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SAGE
Copyright
© 1993 Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited
ISSN
0817-3907
eISSN
1833-3575
DOI
10.1177/183335839302300401
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Abstract

h i s is a very exciting time for the The Executive Officer will also be an Health Information Management official 'voice' for the HIMAA. This means Association of Australia - a time that I that not only will he or she be the consider marks the real 'coming of age' of Association's initial contact point, but also the Association. I feel privileged to be will be responsible for developing leading the HIMAA through the next twelve submissions, responses and comments on months and I am certainly looking forward topical issues for the approval of Council. to meeting and working with as many of our Coordination of the HIMAA's publications members as possible. I like to think that I am program will also be a task for the Executive an approachable person so if anyone has any Officer. An advertisement for the position of Executive Officer appears elsewhere in this comments or gripes they would like to publication and I urge those interested to discuss with a member of Council, I am Sue Walker contact the Honorary Secretary for further more than willing to take some time out to President information. talk things over. Also heralded during the Conference was Firstly I would like to congratulate Cheryl Cohan and another very significant milestone for the HIMAA. This her Committee for the organisation of the 15th Conference was the announcement by Christine Erratt that the Casemix of the HIMAA held in Melbourne in late October. With Branch of the Department of Health, Housing, Local over 400 registrants, most interesting and educational Government and Community Services has invited the speakers, a range of exhibitors and an enjoyable variety of HIMAA to submit a proposal for a two year project in the social events, I am sure that everyone who was able to area of coder accreditation. The draft proposal that is attend benefited significantly. I was especially pleased by currently being developed in response to this offer has fOUI the number of students who were able to attend and also the main objectives: sizeable contingent of overseas delegates who were able to get to Melbourne to share the occasion with us. • review of the current coder workforce in Australia At the AGM and in the September AMRJ, Angela Cook • identification of issues surrounding the assessment informed members of the recent decision made by the and recognition of coder competence HIMAA Council to appoint a part-time salaried Executive • specification of workforce and industrial issues Officer for the Association. This move recognises that the • definition of the need for education and training for HIMAA has moved into a new era, in which the reliance on coders in Australia. volunteers to perform all the tasks required to run a busy, proactive and progressive Association is no longer Ultimately a recommendation regarding the need for, practical. Although Council will still appoint honorary and the most appropriate method of implementing, coder office bearers, the Executive Officer will be responsible for accreditation will be presented. It is planned that the project the coordination of these office bearers to ensure that the will be accomplished under the direction of a Project HIMAA functions smoothly and with optimal efficiency. Manager, who will be appointed by the HIMAA Council for the term of the undertaking. It is hoped that by the time It should be noted that the Executive Officer will hold this Journal goes to press that a contract will have been an appointed position, not an elected position (as do signed with the Commonwealth, with work on the project Council members). The impact of this is that Council will to begin in February 1994. Again, there is an advertisement retain the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the in this edition for the position of Project Manager and I events and climate in which the health information exhort you all to consider this opportunity. management industry operates are anticipated, recognised and translated into the needs of its members. This will Exciting times indeed: happen through policy formation, approval and evaluation of programs and activities for the Association and through the monitoring of achievements. The Executive Officer, under the guidance of Council, will implement these Ii HIMAA policies. AMR JOURNAL VOL. 23 No.4. 1993 115

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Australian Medical Record JournalSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 1993

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