Message to the digital health community

Friday 21 February 2020

The Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) has merged with the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) to form the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. – launching on Monday 24 February 2020 at

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Message from the ACHI President Angela Ryan


It’s a new decade and a new era for health informatics in Australasia. As we prepare to launch the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, the Members and Fellows of ACHI can be proud of what we have achieved to advance the field of health informatics since our inception in July 2002.

  • Professional recognition of health informatics.
  • Workforce development and initiatives to foster a new generation.
  • Accreditation for individual health informaticians.
  • Fellowship, a community of practitioners and a concentration of informatics expertise.

As ACHI Fellows, the pinnacle of professional recognition for health informatics, our voices have been instrumental in driving the research agenda to pursue improvements in health outcomes through the use of digital tools and technologies.

ACHI Members and Fellows have been highly influential, making a significant impact on the national policy agenda through our advice, advocacy and research.

We are also the trailblazers, leading the way in the development of ISO standards for EHRs and OpenEHR; the start of HL7 Australia; IHE; Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and more.

ACHI’s legacy of professionalism, integrity and ethical standards forms a foundation to underpin the fields of health informatics and digital health in Australasia for decades to come.

As the last President for the Australasian College of Health Informatics I would like to thank my colleagues, the outgoing Council:

Karolyn Kerr Vice-President
Peter Williams Treasurer
Vandana Bettens Secretary
Dr Juanita Fernando, Dr Mike Bainbridge and Dr Inga Hunter Councillors

As well as our committee leaders Corinne Grant, David Bunker, Associate Professor Kathleen Gray, Dr Mark Merolli, Dr Liz Cummings, Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Jeffrey Chen and Dr Brendan Loo Gee.

I would also like to sincerely thank and recognise all of the volunteers before them who served on the Council, for their many years of dedication and passion for health informatics.

I would particularly like to acknowledge ACHI’s founding President, Professor Enrico Coiera?whose vision started this journey. To the past College Presidents who provided their leadership, energy, time and commitment, your work provided the foundations on which the College was built, and your legacy will continue through the Institute.

2016-18: Associate Professor Chris Pearce
2014-16: Associate Professor Klaus Veil
2013-14: Associate Professor Chris Pearce
2011-13: Peter Williams
2009-11: Associate Professor Klaus Veil
2007-09: Dr Terry Hannan
2005-07: Professor Teng Liaw
2003-05: Professor Evelyn Hovenga
2002-03: Dr Branko Cesnik (†2007)
2001-02: Professor Enrico Coiera (Founding President)

Best wishes
ACHI President 2018-2020

Tributes page

Australasia’s leading organisations for health informatics and digital health ACHI and HISA were formed 25+ years ago in a different world. Imagine the challenges, the foresight and forward thinking required then to see the potential future of healthcare. As the era of ACHI and HISA draws to an end, we invite Members and Fellows past and present to share their stories:


The Australasian College of Health Informatics is the professional organisation for Digital Health and e-Health in the Asia-Pacific Region. 

The credentialed Fellows and Members of the College are national, regional and international thought leaders, experts and trusted advisers in Digital Health. 

ACHI sets standards for professional practice and education in Health Informatics, provides evidence-based guidance to jurisdictions, supports initiatives, facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and mentors the community.

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