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.

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Jenny Gilder

Jenny Gilder
President

Jenny took on the role of President of HIMAA in November 2015 after serving as Senior Vice President. Jenny has a HIM profile spanning many years commencing her employment in 1969 at the Royal Hospital for Women at Paddington. Jenny has held many positions as a health information manager in the both the public and private sector. Jenny had a break in her HIM career when she worked as the Director of Community Services in local government. Jenny states that it was easy using her HIM management skills in a different discipline.

Jenny’s career has taken her into consultancy roles especially in the area of quality improvement, preparing hospitals for accreditation, clinical coding and health information contract work. Jenny retired from paid work in July 2013 and has been able to concentrate on HIMAA matters in her role as a voluntary Board member. Jenny has served on various committees and Special Interest Groups including the Clinical Coding Advisory Committee, Practice Quality and Safety Committee, National Coding Special Interest Group, VET Subcommittee, Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee and Jenny also likes to be informed on matters relating to NSW including the NSW Branch and the NSW Private Hospital Special Interest Group.

If her HIMAA role did not keep her busy enough, Jenny is also a member of the Community Board of Advice at SJOGHC Hawkesbury District Health Service where she serves as a voluntary community member on their Whole of Hospital Committee, Publishing Committee, and Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers Working Party and as alternate on the Quality Committee.


Catherine Garvey

Catherine Garvey
Senior Vice President & Treasurer

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 is currently undertaking her Masters in Business Administration. As the current President of the South Australian Branch of the Health Information Management Association of Australia, Catherine has also recently undertaken the casual directorship for HIMAA. Currently engaged on secondment to the South Australian Department of Health as the Acting Chief Health Information Manager, her substantive role is that of Manager, Patient Information and Administrative Services at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.


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!



Cassandra Jordan

Cassandra Jordan
Member

Cassandra resides in Sydney, New South Wales, and has been an active member of the profession since 1976 when she commenced studying Associate Diploma (Medical Record Administration) at Cumberland College of Health Sciences. She then studied a Certificate in Personnel Administration and commenced employment at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst in 1978.

When Cumberland College of Health Sciences was incorporated into The University of Sydney, Cassandra completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information Management) part-time and graduated in 1991.

Her professional experience includes positions at Prince of Wales, Royal Prince Alfred and St Luke’s Hospitals; Area Medical Record Administrator, Hunter Area Health Service (NSW); Health Information Manager at two Healthscope hospitals; Consultant to various day procedure centres in Sydney and experience in hospitals in London, England and Cardiff, Wales. She has worked at the Wolper Jewish Hospital, Woollahra, as the Health Information Manager, since October 2008.

Whilst Cassandra is a member of the HIMAA National Board and Chair of the Education Committee, she also sits on various sub-committees and working groups. She is the President of HIMAA (NSW).

Her professional interests include university education, professional development, journals, communication and advocacy in support of colleagues.



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.



Cheens Lee

Cheens Lee
Member

In February 2014, Cheens Lee was appointed as the Business Development Manager for Health IQ. 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.


Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Kerryn Butler-Henderson
Member

Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Course Coordinator of the Master of Health Information Management for the Australian Institute of Health Service Management at the University of Tasmania. She is known for her passion and dedication to the promotion and advocacy of the profession in Australian and internationally.

Kerryn has represented HIMAA on a number of National and International committees including currently representing the HIMAA Board on the Certified Health Informatician Australasia Board and the Examination Committee, the HIMAA Research Working Group and the HIMAA Workforce Working Group. Kerryn is also a member of the Health Informatics Society of Australia and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. Best known for her passion in the delivery of high quality Health Information Management education, Kerryn has been an academic for over ten years. Kerryn’s research specialisation is in workforce analysis, where she is involved in a number of large National studies, and it has enabled her to keep up to date with the day to day happenings in health information management.



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

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.