HIMAA Board of Directors

HIMAA Board is made up of nine Directors who oversee the policy and business decisions of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

More information on Governance is available here.


Catherine Garvey

Catherine Garvey
President

Catherine came to Australia in 1988 having started her career and studies in health administration in Ireland and the United Kingdom prior to studying her Diploma in Health Administration at the University of South Australia. During her twenty-two years working in health, Catherine has been employed by both private and public sector hospitals in mental health, country and many metropolitan acute settings, and had worked for State Records, South Australia, undertaken work in corporate record management. Training and assessment certified, Catherine has provided medical terminology training and education for both HIMAA and privately. Catherine achieved her Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management) by correspondence and graduated as the first student to complete the Curtin University distance education programme in 2001.

Catherine has undertaken secondment to the South Australian Department of Health as the Acting Chief Health Information Manager, and project manager as part of the recent SA Health Transforming Health programme. Immediate past convenor for the South Australia HIMAA Branch, Catherine has been also been Treasurer and Senior Vice President on the HIMAA Board of Directors.

Catherine works as the Health Administration Advisor at Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN), incorporating Lyell McEwin and Modbury Hospitals.



Cheens Lee

Cheens Lee
Vice President

In February 2014, Cheens Lee was appointed as the Business Development Manager for Health IQ (a Telstra Health business). Cheens previously held roles of Consultant and Project Manager since joining Health IQ in 2012.

Cheens’ experience includes eHealth implementations ranging from small rural sites to statewide builds. He began his career with iSOFT (now CSC) before gaining the customer perspective which has included Western Health and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

He is a graduate of La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Information Management (Honours) and holds a Masters of Professional Accounting from Monash University. He is a PRINCE2 Practitioner.



Cassandra Rupnik

Cassandra Rupnik
Member

In 1991 Cassandra (Cassie) graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the University of Sydney. She worked as the Zone Health Information Manager, South Coast of NSW; Assistant Health Information Manager, John Hunter Hospital and was a member of the commissioning teams for the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick and the Prince of Wales Private Hospital, also in Randwick.

Cassie has worked in a variety of regional and metropolitan private and public hospitals. Since relocating with her family to the Northern NSW area in 2006, her passion for regional health information management issues has expanded. Cassie is currently the Northern NSW Local Health District Activity Based Management Officer based in Lismore.

Cassie is the Immediate past HIMAA (NSW) President and Chair for the National Regional Special Interest Group. Cassie is on a number of committees both nationally and for NSW state. With her passion for promoting the HIM profession in regional areas and educating all, Cassie wants to bring the city to the country and further relationships between city and country cousins!



Grant Duffill

Grant Duffill
Member

In 2001, Grant graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) from the Queensland University of Technology. He is currently the Manager, Clinical Information Systems at West Moreton Health and is responsible for leading approximately 60 staff within his service. His portfolio incorporates Health Information Management, Clinical Coding and Data Quality, Release of Information, Medical Transcription, Medical Records, Switchboard and Prison Health.

Grant has worked in Health Information Management positions in both Metro and Regional Queensland and also worked for eHealth Queensland implementing electronic discharge summaries to Central and South West Queensland Hospitals.

Working in a regional centre located just outside of Brisbane, Grant understands the challenges the profession has with workforce in both Health Information Management and Clinical Coding professionals. Grant enjoys mentoring students and providing them with opportunities in the profession that will assist them in their chosen careers.

Grant has been involved with the HIMAA Queensland Branch for more than 10 years and is proud to be involved with HIMAA Board and provide a contribution to the Health Information Management profession.



Megan Hayes

Amanda Hicks
Member

Megan Hayes is the Clinical Information Analyst with the Catholic Negotiating Alliance, coordinating the quality and safety benchmark reporting for eight private hospital networks nationally.

Having previously spent four years in information governance and two years in department management, she is passionate about quality data and the role HIMs can play in supporting clinical and operational decision-making.

Having graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Information Management) in 2010, over the past six years Megan has worked on various IT and strategic projects including the development of an organisation-wide Health Information Management Framework and EMR Feasibility Study. As a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the profession, Megan has been an active member of the HIM community through her involvement with QUT students, as well as positions on the DRG Technical and HCP/PHDB Workgroups.



Mark Upton

Mark Upton
Member

Mark joined the Royal Hobart Hospital in March 2000. The RHH is the largest public hospital in the State of Tasmania.
The RHH is the state’s leading Tertiary hospital

Mark became a member of HIMAA in 2006 Mark has participated in the Professional Development Credentialing Scheme and is currently a HIMAA Senior Associate Member.Mark became a HIMAA Board Director in November 2015

During his time at the RHH, Mark has undertaken multiple major projects including deployment of a digital scanned record system, state-wide PAS deployment, deployment of multiple service specific Clinical Information Systems, facilitation of community based Integrated Care Centres by way of shared electronic medical record set up and access; and is a key player in the amalgamation of clinical records on an area and state-wide basis. Mark is actively involved in the state-wide development of a Shared electronic Health Record (SeHR) through scanning and “portal” solutions and has been a key player is supporting deployment of the PCeHR in Tasmania.

Mark has an extensive background in client services and has honed these skills over 30 years whilst undertaking numerous interstate positions in many fields.

Marks current role is varied, including the overall management of the Patient Information Management Services (PIMS) Department of the RHH, Tasmanian health service- Southern Region. This includes a total of over 180 staff through; Outpatient Appointment Schedulers and Theatre Bookings (Outpatients), Clinical Classification and Information (Coding), Clinical Transcription, Medical Records (with a scanned record system holding over 26 million scanned images and one million electronic entries), Patient Administration System (PAS), Inpatient Services Unit (Wards and Admissions), Emergency Department Clerical team, Corporate Records, Patient Travel Assistance Scheme, coordination of Mental Health and Health Information (FOI/RTI) information release.

Mark is currently in the process of completing his Masters in Health and Human Services.



Vera Dimitropoulos

Vera Dimitropoulos

Member & IFHIMA Director Western Pacific Region

Vera commenced her career as a Health Information Manager (HIM) in 1986. Prior to her joining The University of Sydney in 1997, she had over ten years experience working as a HIM in both the public and private health sectors in Australia. In her lecturing capacity, within The University, she was involved in developing curriculum and teaching health information management and health informatics students in health classifications and health information systems. Vera has also educated Australian and International clinical coders as part of her role at the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). During her time at HIMAA, Vera was responsible for developing the Advanced Coding Course and the Australian National Clinical Coder Certification Process.

Joining the National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) at The University of Sydney in 2006, Vera continued her teaching role in classification and managed the update and development of two editions of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification, the Australian Classification of Health Interventions and the Australian Coding Standards (ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS). She was also instrumental in re-engineering and automating the process for capturing and processing submissions and queries about ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS. More recently, Vera managed the implementation of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Sixth Edition and Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs) Version 6.0 in Singapore.

Vera is currently the Executive Manager, Classification Development at the NCCH, leading the Australian Consortium for Classification Development in its work surrounding the refinement of the AR-DRG Classification System which incorporates both ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and the AR-DRG classification.

Vera is a member of the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Education and Implementation Committee and the ICD-11 Joint Linearization for Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. She is also the Education Officer on the NSW State Branch of HIMAA where she has been working closely with the University of Western Sydney in relation to the new Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Health Information Management) program.