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Clinical Informatics Fellowship

In a significant stride towards advancing digital health leadership across the nation, the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) proudly announce the release of the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Stakeholder Engagement Report. This pivotal document outlines the proposed framework for Australia’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship (CIF) Program, highlighting a collective commitment to develop a recognised clinical informatics fellowship pathway.

The report emphasises the critical need to establish a valued and accredited career path for clinicians and clinical informaticians, aiming to bolster the evolution of digital health leadership within Australia. This initiative stems from the collaborative efforts of the AIDH and DHCRC, who, with the support of DHCRC’s funding, embarked on a journey through 2022 and 2023 to conceive a Clinical Informatics Fellowship pathway. This endeavour involved research into international models and consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders, including healthcare leaders, educational institutions, and professional associations.

Feedback gathered over 18 months from a wide array of contributors has been instrumental in shaping the program.

The Report details the governance structure, analytical processes, stakeholder engagement, and consultation efforts, culminating in a summary of stakeholder feedback and adjustments made following these discussions. Additionally, it identifies critical areas requiring further exploration before the initiation of a pilot program for the new fellowship pathway.

Future Directions and Objectives

As we move into 2024 the AIDH and DHCRC are working collaboratively on planning the forthcoming stages of the fellowship program, including a pilot phase with a select group of candidates. This step is crucial for refining the program based on participant feedback, paving the way for its official launch to potential digital health community candidates.

Both organisations reiterate their commitment to continuous engagement with the digital health community, healthcare professionals, educational institutions, and other key stakeholders as they progress through this developmental phase.

About the Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The CIF Program is designed to recognise clinical informatics as a distinguished profession in Australia and internationally. It aims to cultivate a broad and diverse pool of skilled clinical informaticians, aligning with AIDH’s Australian Health Informatics Competency Framework (AHICF). The program will offer clinicians a path to achieve a nationally recognised Fellowship, highlighting their specialised knowledge, skills, and credentials in informatics.

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