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Clinical Informatics Education

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Welcome to the website supporting


Coordinated Interprofessional Curriculum Renewal for


eHealth Capability in Clinical Health Professional Degrees  




Development of a Competency-based Shareable Online Health Informatics Subject

Project Extension 2014-2015


Dr Kathleen Gray & Ms Dawn Choo, The University of Melbourne; Professor Anthony Maeder, University of Western Sydney; Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson & Dr Sue Whetton; University of Tasmania. 


Now available:


Clinical Informatics and eHealth OLT Final Report 2015


Clinical Informatics and eHealth Open Curriculum 2015


Health Informatics and eHealth Curriculum for Clinical Health Profession Degrees conference paper 2015      Conference presentation slides


Student Testimonials from trial subject participants 2015



Please contact Dr Kathleen Gray for further information about this project:  Email  kgray@unimelb.edu.au  Phone +61 3 8344 8936+61 3 8344 8936 





About the project extension


The present project aims to develop and evaluate the curriculum for a postgraduate level, health informatics subject specifically catered to students enrolled in allied health and medical degree courses. The original project identified that the lack of expert knowledge and lack of access were key barriers to effective knowledge transfer of clinical informatics and ehealth capabilities among student health professionals in the higher education sector.


The project extension offers an opportunity to remediate this by bringing together expert teaching staff based in multiple universities to fill the gap in educational offerings. A viable, competency-based online health informatics and ehealth subject would enhance the level of learning and assessment currently available to postgraduate health professional degree students enrolled in Australian universities.


Given the inter-professional approach to this unit of study, a broad range of knowledge would be necessary to equip students entering the health workforce with a valuable and integrated skill set in clinical informatics. Additionally, the design of this foundation subject would be informed by the nationally recognised Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) competency framework and equivalent certification programs in countries which are graduate destinations for Australian students. This online unit of study would consist of 6 integrated curriculum modules mapped to the CHIA competencies and aligned with Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 assessment requirements. The curriculum would be supplemented with a set of relevant, accessible learning material to foster group-based asynchronous online learning.


The 6 proposed areas to be covered in the curriculum include:

1. Information and Communications Technology

2. Health and Biomedical Sciences

3. Information Sciences

4. Management Sciences

5. Core Principles and Methods of Health Informatics

6. The Human and Social context related to Healthcare


In Semester 1 of 2015, a free trial was implemented through The University of Melbourne's online Learning Management System for a 12 week study period for recruited student volunteers. The learning outcomes, student learning experiences and student satisfaction with the subject would be evaluated after the trial and in preparation for the launch of a shareable, credit-bearing online university subject in 2016.


Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government  Office for Learning and TeachingThe views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.



Final Report for Advancing Ehealth Education for the Clinical Health Professions 2014



Advancing Ehealth Education for the Clinical Health Professions. Final Report 2014.

Authors: Dr Kathleen Gray & Dr Ambica Dattakumar, The University of Melbourne; Professor Anthony Maeder, University of Western Sydney; Ms Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Curtin University; Professor Helen Chenery, The University of Queensland.

Published by the Australian Government Department of Education Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney, NSW.

ISBN 978-1-74361-340-5 [PDF], ISBN 978-1-74361-341-2 [DOCX], ISBN 978-1-74361-342-9 [PRINT]


Download the full report here


Executive summary


This is the final report of a project that aimed to encourage and support program coordinators and directors of Australian undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs in all allied health, nursing and medical professions to address the need for ehealth education for entry-level clinical health professionals.


The rationale for this project was that new initiatives in professional education, training, learning and development are required to build the capabilities that the Australian health workforce needs to work in a national ehealth system. In Australia, very few educational providers in the health professions had developed a systematic approach to teach, assess, evaluate or audit this aspect of professional education, and relevant curriculum initiatives were not widely known.


Between 2010 and 2013, this project took a nationally coordinated approach to researching, workshopping and resourcing curriculum renewal, to facilitate theoretical and practical understanding of the rapidly developing field of ehealth and its implications for the education of future clinicians. It promoted the sharing of core principles and pedagogies and internationally recognised knowledge and skill domains in order to build ehealth capability across the health professions.


This report begins with an introduction to ehealth and ehealth education for clinicians and an outline of the project methodology, followed by a review of the international literature on university learning, teaching, assessment and evaluation of ehealth education for clinicians.


The report presents project investigations and contributions of three types:

  • support for academic development, through exploration of current practices and perspectives and through workshop discussions;
  • materials for teaching and learning, including an inventory of resource documents and a set of clinical scenarios;
  • influences on curriculum renewal, including accreditation requirements and employer expectations. 


The report ends with five recommendations for further work to develop ehealth education for the health professions in Australia:


1. New learning, teaching and assessment resources are needed to explain and explore ehealth and clinical informatics in current and future healthcare contexts.


2. Up-to- date professional development in ehealth and clinical informatics needs to be made accessible to teachers, tutors and student supervisors in the health professions.


3. Revised accreditation and certification frameworks for the clinical health professions need to include clear specifications of ehealth and clinical informatics competencies.


4. Human resources management of professional staff in healthcare organisations needs to recognise and reward ehealth and clinical informatics competencies.


5. Systematic planning and development of professional practice in the health professions needs to integrate long-term ehealth and clinical informatics goals.


The report includes an extensive list of references and an appendix with findings of an independent evaluation of the project.


Copies of the report also may be downloaded from:



Additional materials related to project activities and outcomes :


Project Team   Reference Group    Workshops      Newsletters    Resources 


Contact for further information: health-informatics@unimelb.edu.au         



Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government  Office for Learning and TeachingThe views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.



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