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Indigenous Informatics
Conference 2013

15 July 2013 Adelaide Convention Centre


Indigenous Informatics (II), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in IIC 2013, Australia's Indigenous Informatics Conference, to be held on 15 July 2013 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The primary theme of II 2013 is Linking Social Determinants of Health: The Indigenous Informatics Challenges and Opportunities.

Australia's ONLY Indigenous Informatics Conference builds on the continual success of this event, held every year since 2011.

Join us this year to listen to and network with our esteemed national and international keynotes, leaders and interested individuals. The conference will address the need to use informatics knowledge and approaches to link social determinants of health and improve indigenous outcomes in terms of health, housing, education and welfare. You will contribute to developing a national strategy, which will be explored in interactive roundtables with all delegates.


Silver Sponsor

AIH The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative web resource that informs practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. The new Australian Indigenous ClinicalInfoNet web resource, produced by the HealthInfoNet, assists in the prevention and management of chronic disease in Indigenous people.


Professor Alex Brown is the Director, Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, based in Adelaide. He is an Aboriginal doctor and researcher with extensive skills in Indigenous health research in rural and remote communities. He received his PhD in 2010, and in addition to his medical training has an MPH, FCSANZ and is an honorary fellow of the RACP. He has established a unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities, with a particular focus on outlining and overcoming health disparities, including projects encompassing epidemiology, psychosocial determinants of chronic disease, mixed methods health services research in Aboriginal primary care and hospital settings, and randomised controlled trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic disease interventions. He has significant connections across the health system, policy environment and key government and NGO sector, particularly in relation to chronic disease burden and prevention.

Dr Trevor Lord is currently a Remote General Practitioner working for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council. He has been involved in Medical Computing from the onset of the first trial of electronic medical records in 1986 – the Federally Funded Computer Assisted Practice Project. Working both with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and then the AMA he has been on most of the major committees driving the introduction of Electronic Medical records in Australia. In 1999 he was a member of the National Electronic Health Record Taskforce that set out the Building Blocks for Electronic Medical Records. This essentially set out the road map for the National Electronic Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to establish the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record. He is a Clinical Lead on NEHTA.
His most exciting and hardest time has been associated with the implementation of one of the first internet electronic health information systems in Australia – in the Kimberley.

Robyn McDermott is a public health doctor with many years experience as a clinician in remote Indigenous communities in Australia and Asia. She is currently Professor of Public Health Medicine at UniSA and James Cook University. Prior to that she was inaugural Director of SA/NT DataLink, and Pro Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences at UniSA. Her research interests include the epidemiology of chronic disease, community-level interventions to prevent ill health along the life course, and quality improvement in primary health care for chronic disease management.

Michelle McGuirk Working in Central Australia for 12 years, it is easy to become passionate about improving communication in the health sector. Remote populations and services suffer many logistical disadvantages that can be amended by video technologies. Building two-way knowledge transfer is a critical component for successful health interventions. Telehealth creates an opportunity to enhance client centred relationships in remote areas.

Don Newsham is the CEO of COACH, Canada's Health Informatics Association. His leadership of the 1800+ member association that is taking HI mainstream, is focused on advancing COACH as the voice of HI and building the professionalism, practices and adoption of HI across health care. Don is a healthcare executive, consultant, respected leader, the Canadian Head of Delegation for ISO/TC215 and a former CIO and CFO with over 34 years' experience in Canadian and global healthcare.

Teresa Wall is Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri from Te Tai Tokerau. She is Deputy Director-General of the Maori Health Business Unit. Teresa has a nursing background specialising in renal nursing. She also has a post-graduate diploma in public health.

Teresa has been responsible for the development and dissemination of the inequalities tools across the Ministry and DHBs, and provided input into the Ministry's response to the Ministerial review of ethnically targeted policies and programmes. She also led the review of the National Kaitiaki Group following the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry, and has represented the Ministry on a number of inter-agency officials groups.

Tiara Wilkinson is a Data Quality/Customer Service Officer at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Council in the Information Communication Technologies unit. Tiara lives in Broome, Western Australia with her family. In the past 14 months, she left school in January 2012 and commenced work as an Indigenous Trainee with the KAMSC MMEx (Medical Messaging Exchange) team. Tiara recently completed her traineeship Informational Technologies and Business which has opened up an greater opportunity for her to continue studies and a career in the area of health informatics. Tiara has worked on projects since commencing in the area of health information which include software testing, training development and customer service. Tiara has now been assigned with training the teams second Indigenous trainee in preparation for her own continued career progression in the area of health informatics.


Registration is now open for IIC 2013.

You can register to attend the day or purchase a full conference registration to HIC 2013 and your attendance at one of the associated events on Monday 15 July is included.


Indigenous Informatics Conference
HISA Member* $310
HISA Non-member $360
Student § $155

* HISA Member rate applies to current HISA members (excludes Affiliate members. Please contact hic2013@hisa.org.au if you are an Affiliate member).

§ Student registration must be accompanied by proof of valid full time University student ID. Please email to hic2013@hisa.org.au or fax to +61 3 8610 0006. Student registration does not include the Gala Dinner.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Strategic Advisory Committee

Tam Shepherd IIC 2013 Conference Chair, Division Head - Future Service Design, Department of Human Services
Bernadette Gibbons Managing Director APAC, Slainte Healthcare
Lucy Falcocchio Project Manager - Information Systems Improvement, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Dr Louise Schaper CEO, HISA
Luke Shannon Regional Planner, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)
Vikki Tierney Manager - Primary Health Care Information Systems, Queensland Health
Julia Wilkins Manager Health Informatics, Royal Flying Doctors Service - QLD Section

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