I am writing in response to the proposed members resolution that was tabled at Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 October 2022. The resolution proposed the flattening of the membership to combine the current membership categories of full member, senior associate, and associate member to have a single category of member. The fellow, life and student membership categories would remain. The proposal also included adopting a credentialling model like our peers in the American Health Information Management Association and the Canadian Health Information Management Association. The credentialling scheme would provide the recognition of formal qualifications and certifications. From memory, the resolution votes were 27 for and 21 against. The resolution did not pass due to not having a 75% majority of vote (though I am unable to find this caveat within the HIMAA Constitution).
Members of the health information management profession will be deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of our colleague, Jesse Gould. Jesse passed away in September 2019, aged 38 years, owing to complications of chronic illness.
I enjoyed reading the articles in the recent HIM-I (Volume 10 Number 2 2020), focused on education of our future Health Information Managers. The enthusiasm of the students, supervisors and educators shone through the readings, whilst at the same time the importance of ‘work integrated learning’ was emphasised.
Congratulations to my colleagues who reported in HIM-Interchange Vol. 8 No. 1 2018 on the success of their Health Insurance Special Interest Group (SIG). I was very interested to read about the initiative and development of this professional SIG.