As Australia’s health informatics organisation, HISA receives regular
enquiries from a wide range of people and organisations. Hardly a week
goes by where we don’t get an enquiry from someone who has recently
discovered health informatics and they contact us looking for advice and
guidance as to what their next steps should be. How do they know if
health informatics is for them? Is there somewhere they can go and
study? How should they choose what and where to study? Can they train on
the job? What career options are available? Are there jobs available?
These ‘emerging health informatics professionals’ are far from a
homogenous group — some are post-graduate students, some are practicing
clinicians, while others are from health information management or IT
backgrounds. What they do have in common is an interest in health
informatics and are unsure about how and what they should do next.