The Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) program is managed by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health and was developed to address the lack of formal recognition of health informatics knowledge and skills in Australia.
CHIA is bestowed on those individuals who successfully complete the CHIA exam. The examination covers a wide range of topics, across six domains of Health Informatics, comprising 53 competencies, considered essential to a health informatician in Australasia.
The program is aimed at workers across health informatics and information technology roles, and once certified, participants can demonstrate expertise in health informatics principles, concepts, methods and skills, with the ability to apply these in the workplace.
As a CHIA Champion organisation, the CEIH were overwhelmed with the number of applications received for the 2022 round of sponsorship. Applicants span the healthcare sector, including 10 from country health, 4 from SA Ambulance and 4 from the private sector. Allied Health and Nursing represent more than a quarter of the total applications, indicating that health informatics can play an important role in direct patient care.
We spoke to a number of the shortlisted applicants on why they applied:
- “CHIA will assist me to keep my use of data and information in line with best practice and thus have an influence on patient care through improved decision making.
- Having clinicians who are skilled in informatics is important in developing our health system’s capability in utilisation of our clinical and health data in order to improve patient experience and outcomes.”
- “My participation to the program is expected to benefit SA health system by improving the care coordination for cancer patients, it adds to ensuring ongoing high quality care provision by SA Health for patients and other stake holders involved.”
- “I believe that the strategic use of health informatics is key to improving service delivery and patient safety in the pre-hospital (ambulance) setting. Broader certification will also allow for improved information sharing and collaboration between LHNs.
- I hope to complement my existing knowledge and experience with CHIA certification in order to help drive innovation. While I am not currently involved in a project requiring data and systems analysis, I have done so in the past and hope to again in the future.”
We’re excited to be able to invest in the future of Health Informatics leadership in South Australia and wish all applicants the best of luck as they enter the 90 day study period.