One of the biggest challenges facing the health information management workforce in the healthcare system in Australia is the tyranny of distance. The National Rural Health Alliance (2016) lists workforce shortages as one of the key issues in rural and regional health. Shepheard (2015) identified the issues facing regional and rural Health Information Managers (HIMs), including isolation, communication, workforce retention, and technological opportunities and challenges. Over the last few years Australian regional and rural HIMs have been working with their state branches and the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)on ways to support the rural and regional health information management workforce, including the dissemination of information, implementing ways to provide professional development, and support of each other in overcoming the obstacle of distance.
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