Health Informatics and E-health Curriculum for Clinical Health Profession Degrees

Kathleen Gray, Dawn Choo, Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Sue Whetton, Anthony Maeder

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    The project reported in this paper models a new approach to making health informatics and e-health education widely available to students in a range of Australian clinical health profession degrees. The development of a Masters level subject uses design-based research to apply educational quality assurance practices which are consistent with university qualification frameworks, and with clinical health profession education standards; at the same time it gives recognition to health informatics as a specialised profession in its own right. The paper presents details of (a) design with reference to the Australian Qualifications Framework and CHIA competencies, (b) peer review within a three-university teaching team, (c) external review by experts from the professions, (d) cross-institutional interprofessional online learning, (e) methods for evaluating student learning experiences and outcomes, and (f) mechanisms for making the curriculum openly available to interested parties. The project has sought and found demand among clinical health professionals for formal health informatics and e-health education that is designed for them. It has helped the educators and organisations involved to understand the need for nuanced and complementary health informatics educational offerings in Australian universities. These insights may aid in further efforts to address substantive and systemic challenges that clinical informatics faces in Australia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
    Event23rd Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2015) -
    Duration: 3 Aug 2015 → …


    Conference23rd Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2015)
    Period3/08/15 → …


    • Clinical informatics
    • clinical workforce
    • competencies
    • design-based research
    • e-health education
    • health informatics education
    • interprofessional education
    • online learning
    • quality assurance


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