Today, the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) are announcing that we are consulting our Members, Fellows and stakeholders with a proposal to combine our two organisations, to form a new peak body for digital health and health informatics.

We believe a new peak body will provide significant benefits to members both as individuals and organisationally that will flow onto many thousands of stakeholders across our health and care sector.

As a valued member, we are requesting your input, feedback and suggestions on this important proposal.

The consultation period launches today and will run for eight weeks until Tuesday 25 June.

This question has been discussed and evaluated by the ACHI Council and the Board of HISA for over a year. Our organisations have worked together collaboratively since ACHI was formed 20 years ago and today that relationship is as strong and strategic as ever. We believe that combining our forces and building a new organisation will strengthen our ability to deliver on the core outcomes you’ve grown to expect and to deliver better and more strategic programs that best serve all stakeholders as health progresses into the digital age.

We will take on board your suggestions before we proceed to a formal vote of members later in 2019. The proposal for consultation is available here (PDF) and the feedback survey here.

You can also find a consultation calendar of events and more channels for discussion and feedback on the ACHI and HISA websites.  

On behalf of the ACHI Council and the HISA Board, thank you for taking the time to consider this proposal. We look forward to hearing from you.

Angela Ryan
Australasian College of Health Informatics
Dr David Hansen
Health Informatics Society of Australia