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Health informatics and e-health curriculum for clinical health profession degrees


Gray, K and Choo, D and Butler-Henderson, K and Whetton, S and Maeder, A, Health informatics and e-health curriculum for clinical health profession degrees, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 214 pp. 68-73. ISSN 0926-9630 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2015 The authors and IOS Press. This article is published online with Open Access by IOS Press and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-558-6-68


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical informatics, clinical workforce, competencies, design-based research, e-health education, health informatics education, interprofessional education, online learning, quality assurance Introduction
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
UTAS Author:Whetton, S (Dr Sue Whetton)
ID Code:102603
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-08-31
Last Modified:2018-03-28
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