On this page you will find a list of questions the AHIC Secretariat regularly receives. If you require further information, please contact the AHIC Secretariat.

AHIC

What is AHIC?

AHIC stands for the Australian Health Information Council.

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What does AHIC do?

The Australian Health Information Council provides advice to Australian Health Ministers on long term directions and national strategic reform issues for information management and information and communications technology in health. For more information on AHIC, go to the About AHIC page.

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Who is the Chair of AHIC?

The Chair of AHIC is Professor Andrew Coats. Professor Coats is the Dean of Medicine at the University of Sydney. More information about Professor Coats can be found on the AHIC Membership page.

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Who are the members of AHIC?

Members of AHIC were nominated for their specific expertise in the area of health IM&ICT. Membership is broad and includes clinicians, researchers, epidemiologists, health informatics experts and IT sector members. A full membership list, including member profiles, can be found on the AHIC Membership page.

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Who does AHIC report to?

Both AHIC and NHIG report to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council who, in turn, report to the Australian Health Ministers' Conference.

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When does AHIC meet?

AHIC meets approximately four times a year. Please go to the Meeting Dates page for the full schedule of AHIC and related meetings.

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How can I contact AHIC?

The Council and its members can be contacted via the AHIC Secretariat. Visit the Contact Us page for details.

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Can my organisation include a link to the AHIC website?

AHIC is happy for organisations to provide a link to the AHIC website. Please advise the AHIC Secretariat in writing to allow us to investigate the possibility of reciprocal links.

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Why am I receiving information from AHIC?

The Australian Health Information Council maintains a mailing list of people interested in the area of health IM&ICT. You would have been contacted in recent months to confirm your inclusion on the mailing list.

The Council will send out an e-bulletin after each meeting, several times a year. Other relevant information will be emailed to you intermittently.

If you do not wish to receive information from AHIC, please contact the AHIC Secretariat.

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Subgroups

What subgroups work to AHIC?

Three subgroups work to AHIC to progress work in the area of electronic decision support, health workforce IM&ICT capacity building and consent policy. More information each group can be found via the Subgroups page.

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Who are the members of the AHIC subgroups?

Full membership lists of the AHIC subgroups can be found via the Subgroups page.

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NHIG

Who is NHIG?

The National Health Information Group (NHIG) has been established by Australian Health Ministers to provide advice on national health information requirements and related technology planning and management requirements. More information can be found on the NHIG page.

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What committees work to NHIG?

A number of committees provide specialist advice to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council through NHIG. A list of these groups can be found on the NHIG Committees page.

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How can I contact NHIG?

Contact information for NHIG can be found on the NHIG Contact Details page.

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NATIONAL HEALTH IM&ICT STRATEGY

What is the purpose of the National Health IM&ICT Strategy?

The National Strategy aims to enhance the health and well-being of Australians by making improvements to Australia's health care system and providing quality health services through the more effective and innovative used of health information and information technology. For more information, go to the National Strategy page.

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NHIMAC

What happened to the National Health Information Management Advisory Council (NHIMAC)?

An external review of the National Health Information Management Advisory Council (NHIMAC) was completed in May 2002. Recommendations arising from this process were further reviewed by the Australian Health Care Agreement (AHCA) Reference Group on information technology, e-health and research.

The AHCA Reference Group report recommended changes to national governance arrangements to achieve increased effectiveness of the information management and technology (IM&T) spend; achieve more coherent, efficient and integrated decision making; and ensure IM&T provides a key change catalyst.

In order to streamline the new national governance arrangements for health IM&T, Health Ministers agreed to discontinue the National Health Information Management Advisory Council and absorb its functions into the new arrangements (the establishment of AHIC and NHIG).

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PUBLICATIONS

Can I still access NHIMAC publications?

Yes. Please visit the NHIMAC Publications page.

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Can my organisation include links to AHIC/NHIMAC publications on our website?

The AHIC Secretariat is happy for organisations to include links to AHIC/NHIMAC documents.

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Can I please have a copy of an AHIC/NHIMAC publication?

All AHIC and NHIMAC publications can be found in electronic format on the AHIC Publications or NHIMAC Publications pages.

The AHIC Secretariat has a limited number of hard copies of some of these publications. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy, please contact the AHIC Secretariat.

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