Nursing Informatics Australia Conference

Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA), a special interest group of HISA, is pleased to invite you to participate in NIA 2019, Australia’s Nursing Informatics Conference, to be held in Melbourne on Sunday 11 August 2019. This year’s theme is Nursing career paths in digital health.

NIA 2019 is Australia’s only dedicated event featuring nursing informatics presentations – AND it has an impressive 25+ year history!

NIA conference theme

Nursing Informatics: Nursing career paths in digital health

As the pre-eminent national professional organisation for nurse informaticians, NIA is inviting nurses and midwives from all health care settings to submit an abstract addressing this year’s conference theme.

Nursing informaticians have a unique leadership role to ensure a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health outcomes for Australians. Nursing is the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce and provides continuous care to patients during inpatient stays and to consumers within community and primary healthcare settings. The role of nurses in the digital health environment has the potential to not only deliver improvements in efficiency and patient outcomes, but also in facilitating improved consumer and clinician experience.

Digital Health can be an enabler of improved safety and quality of health care and there is a clear need to identify areas where establishing nursing informatics roles will contribute to and enhance the digital health experience across the continuum for patients, nurses and all clinicians.

You are invited and encouraged to submit abstracts where the following can be incorporated, but is not limited to:

  • Tips and experiences for getting involved in digital health
  • The future workforce – what will it look like?
  • What’s in digital health for me?
  • Experiences of digital health education and did it change your work?
  • What do organisations and nursing colleagues expect from their digital health experts?
  • How to convince your organisation that they need nurse informaticians

Sharing your story and how you got there, will help inform other nurses and midwives.
This is your opportunity to present at the only dedicated nursing informatics conference in Australia.

There is also the option to submit a poster presentation as a means of sharing your story if you would prefer not to present.



   HISA Member* (i) $345

   Non-member $395

   Presenter $295

   Student Member* (i) $150

   Student Non-member^ (i) $200


Register for HIC & NIA for a $100 discount on your NIA registration

Call for abstracts and registrations open Friday 22 February 2019.
Submissions close Friday 12 April 2019.

When and where

When Sunday 11 August 2019

Where Clarendon Room
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
(Enter from Clarendon Street for closer access to the Clarendon Room)
a: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
t: +61 3 9235 8000

Parking Click here for more details on the parking options available at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Accommodation Please view the HIC accommodation page for details on how to book HIC’s preferred hotels.

Keynote speakers

A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson

A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Associate Professor of Digital Health

University of Tasmania

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Associate Professor of Digital Health at the University of Tasmania. She has nearly 20 years’ experience as a teaching and research academic in health information and informatics. Her research specialisation is in workforce analysis, and the use of technologies in health.
A/Prof Kathleen Gray

A/Prof Kathleen Gray



Associate Professor Kathleen Gray is the Director of the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) at the University of Melbourne. She has coordinated postgraduate teaching programs and published extensively, for over a decade, on a range of health informatics and digital health topics.
Angela Ryan

Angela Ryan

Chief Clinical Information Officer

Australian Digital Health Agency

Angela Ryan is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer. Angela is a clinical leadership and health informatics professional with 30 years’ experience in hospitals and public sector organisations, with more than two decade’s experience as a paediatric and adult intensive care Nurse.

Angela is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and serves as President of the ACHI Council. In 2017 Angela was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods to prevent patient harm through national digital health safety governance and has recently completed travel to the UK, USA and Canada as part of the Churchill Fellowship research. The report will be published later this year.

Dr Margaret Kennedy

Dr Margaret Kennedy Canadian Flag

Chief Nursing Informatics Officer and Managing Partner

Gevity Consulting Inc

Dr Kennedy is Managing Partner for Gevity’s Clinical Informatics Practice, a Canadian informatics and management consulting company based in Vancouver. Leveraging 30 years’ experience in leadership roles across the healthcare continuum, Margie enables systems transformation to support optimal health outcomes and quality clinical practice.

An industry leader, Margie contributes to peer reviewed journals, is co-editor of Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4th ed), serves on multiple Canadian and international informatics committees, as well as various editorial boards. She continues to teach at the post graduate level and in a variety of industry certification programs.

Margie holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of South Australia, a Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University (Canada), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University (Canada), and a Post Graduate Certificate in Standards for Health Informatics from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada).


Bryan Macdonald

Bryan Macdonald

Senior account director & subject matter expert

Damien McCaul

Damien McCaul

Project Manager

Karen Blake

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Regional Manager Health Informatics


Leanna Woods

Leanna Woods

PhD Candidate

Jenny Hurley

Jenny Hurley

Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer

Michelle Winning

Michelle Winning

Co-Director, Digital Healthcare Delivery

Emma Collins

Emma Collins New Zealand Flag

Principle Lecturer

Otago Polytechnic

Moya Conrick Prize

This award is presented in recognition of the valuable work by the late Dr Moya Conrick via the best submitted paper and presentation at NIA. The prize is based specifically on nursing informatics, including the quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness of the submission. The Moya Conrick Prize is shared amongst all authors of the submission and shall be announced by a member of the NIA executive.


CPD Points

NIA 2019 has been approved for up to 6 contact hours of continuing education credit toward renewal of the CHIA credential. CHIA is a unique credentialing program for health informatics. The CHIA credential demonstrates that candidates meet the Health Informatics core competencies to perform effectively as a health informatics professional in a broad range of practice settings.



With the rapidly changing pace of digital health affecting the day-to-day activities of all nurses, it’s important to make sure the right information is in the right hands, when it comes to nursing informatics. NIA 2019 is the perfect opportunity to reach the nursing decision makers, the movers and shakers, and really make an impact in the nursing world. By sponsoring at NIA, your company will be in the spotlight at the most significant conference in the Australian nursing calendar.


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