In 2017 an Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) was established in partnership between the Australasian College of Health Informatics and the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. The AHIFP is designed to support a health informatics pathway, preparing individuals for leadership roles in the health informatics workforce.


About the Program


The Fellowship Program is four years in duration and will provide doctoral students with significant and unique paid work experience, as well as leadership skill development opportunities. The program includes:


  • A health informatics research doctoral program at an accredited Australasian University (three years full-time or equivalent)
  • Health informatics industry work experience (one year full-time or equivalent)
  • Supplementary learning such as virtual masterclasses, journal clubs, and an annual workshop


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 a Fellowship by the Australasian College of Health Informatics.


Industry work experience


Students will be required to complete two industry work placements with a government department, global or local business, non-government organisation, and or University. Work placements are six months full time (or part time equivalent) and can be completed at any time during the Fellowship Program. Students will be matched with a suitable host organisation based on their interests, skill set and experience.


Benefits for students


Students participating in the Fellowship Program will:


  • Receive a stipend for each work placement (paid by the host organisation)
  • Obtain industry work experience allowing them to build a portfolio of work
  • Have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills
  • Create a future job network


Benefits for organisations


Organisations that provide student work placement opportunities:


  • Will have an opportunity to expand existing project teams working on health informatics initiatives
  • Can create and deliver new health informatics projects based on the expertise of students
  • Can develop future talent management strategies based on student performance and capability
  • Will actively contribute to the development of leaders in the health informatics industry


Fellowship Program Governance Board


The Fellowship Program will be steered by a Governance Board which is made up of the ACHI Council plus representatives from the Health Informatics academic community and industry.


Selection Criteria


Applicants will be selected on the basis of their application, which will include:


  • A research topic relevant to the field of Health Informatics
  • A commitment to, and interest in, advancing the profession of health informatics through relevant work and or academic activity
  • A willingness to adhere to the ACHI Professional Code of Conduct
  • Where competition for Fellowship by Training positions exist, preference will be given to projects and placements involving Fellows of the College


For more information


If you are interested in receiving more information about the Fellowship Program, or would like to discuss in more detail please email the Fellowship Program Manager leanne.bamfordbarnes@mq.edu.au




Applications will be open at the end of 2017 and the Fellowship Program will commence in 2018.


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“Our industry partners are crucial to the success of the Fellowship Program. Providing opportunities for students to utilise their health informatics skills and work on real, valuable and challenging projects will in turn develop their leadership skills as well as create tangible health informatic outcomes for our partners”. 

Dr Chris Pearce – President

Australasian College of Health Informatics

“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 – Director

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