In 2017 an Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) was established in partnership between the Australasian College of Health Informatics and the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. The AHIFP is designed to support a health informatics pathway, preparing individuals for leadership roles in the health informatics workforce.
About the Program
The Fellowship Program is four years in duration and will provide doctoral students with significant and unique paid work experience, as well as leadership skill development opportunities.
The program includes:
- A health informatics research doctoral program at an accredited Australasian University (three years full-time or equivalent)
- Health informatics industry work experience (one year full-time or equivalent)
- Supplementary learning such as virtual masterclasses, journal clubs, and an annual workshop
On completion of the Fellowship Program candidates will hold a PhD academic qualification, have a portfolio of work and established industry contacts, and will be awarded a Fellowship by the Australasian College of Health Informatics.
Industry work experience
Students will be required to complete two industry work placements with a government department, global or local business, non-government organisation, and or University. Work placements are six months full time (or part time equivalent) and can be completed at any time during the Fellowship Program. Students will be matched with a suitable host organisation based on their interests, skill set and experience.
Benefits for students
Students participating in the Fellowship Program will:
- Receive a stipend for each work placement (paid by the host organisation)
- Obtain industry work experience allowing them to build a portfolio of work
- Have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills
- Create a future job network
Benefits for organisations
Organisations that provide student work placement opportunities:
- Will have an opportunity to expand existing project teams working on health informatics initiatives
- Can create and deliver new health informatics projects based on the expertise of students
- Can develop future talent management strategies based on student performance and capability
- Will actively contribute to the development of leaders in the health informatics industry
Fellowship Program Governance Board
The Fellowship Program will be steered by a Governance Board which is made up of the ACHI Council plus representatives from the Health Informatics academic community and industry.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of their application, which will include:
- A research topic relevant to the field of Health Informatics, focussing on using health information technology to improve health care. It is recommended that candidates consult on their topics before engaging with a PhD, but the College will consider pre-existing research where relevant.
- A commitment to advancing the profession of health informatics through relevant work or academic activity
- A background in health care or information technology/management relevant to the field
Preference will be given to projects and placements involving fellows of the college.
Applications will be open at the end of 2017 and the Fellowship Program will commence in 2018.
For more information
If you are interested in receiving more information about the Fellowship Program, or would like to discuss in more detail please email the Fellowship Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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