In 2017 the Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) was established as a training pathway to ACHI Fellowship. It is the first program of its kind in Australasia.

The AHIFP is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the Health Informatics workforce and to address the current demands for experienced and qualified Health Informatics specialists from various disciplines.

About the Program

The Fellowship by Training Program is four years full-time in duration and includes:

  • A Health Informatics research doctoral program at an Australasian University (typically three years)
  • Two paid Health Informatics 6-month work placements
  • Supplementary learning

On completion of the Fellowship Program candidates will hold a PhD academic qualification, have a portfolio of work and established industry contacts, and will be awarded Fellowship by the Australasian College of Health Informatics.

Note: the above is based on full-time, there is also a part time equivalent.

Candidate Profile

Fellowship by Training Program candidates may come from a variety of clinical and technical fields, and will take different career paths following the completion of their fellowship. Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD when they submit their application to join the program. Candidates can apply up to 12 months after submitting their PhD.

Candidate disciplines could include

Software programming
Networks and Cloud Computing
Artificial intelligence

Health services management
Health administration
Clinical leadership and management
Reform and development of healthcare services
Health economics
Indigenous health services
Patient safety and quality

Nursing and midwifery
Psychology and Psychiatry

Pathology informatics
Public health education and promotion
Biomedical science
Paramedic and emergency
Clinical medicine and science
Translational medicine

Candidate areas of interest could include

Consumer informatics
Clinical decision support
Evidence based medicine
Personalised medicine
Patient safety
Health analytics
Public health surveillance
Software standards
Electronic records

For more information about applying to the Fellowship by Training Program click here.

For more information about becoming a host organisation and offering paid work placements for candidates click here.

Governance Board

The Fellowship by Training Program is steered by a Governance Board. The board consists of an ACHI Council representative plus representatives from the wider Health Informatics academic community and industry.

Members of the Governance Board include Professor Enrico Coiera, Monica Truijillo (Australian Digital Health Agency), Dr Louise Schaper (HISA), and a representative from HINZ.

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“There is a very real opportunity to create a Health Informatics training program that will meet the industry demands for highly trained individuals, capable of taking leadership roles in health informatics.” 

Professor Enrico Coiera (FACHI) – Director

Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University