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For he’s a jolly good (ACHI) Fellow

Published 28 August 2018

The Australian Digital Health Agency is helping to build the digital health workforce of tomorrow. Toby Hodgson shares his experiences of working with us.

The Agency has been pleased to host its first Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) Fellowship by Training candidate, Toby Hodgson. His six-month placement ends in August.

Toby Hodgson

Toby Hodgson

Toby’s placement with the Agency represents a significant milestone in the development of the Fellowship by Training Program and solidifies the Agency’s commitment to creating training opportunities for future health informatics leaders, in alignment with the National Digital Health Strategy’s call for digital health workforce development.

Toby is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University, under the supervision of Professor Enrico Coiera (FACHI). His thesis specialises in the evaluation of speech recognition use for electronic health record based clinical documentation.

Here’s what he told us about his time at the Agency:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Agency as part of the Fellowship by Training (FbT) program in order to experience a wide range of health informatics related activities and projects.

The highlight for me has been getting to know the people involved with the organisation. These are all healthcare experts with skills and expertise second to none.

I have valued the opportunity to work closely with a variety of Agency staff and senior advisors within the Clinical Reference Leads program. My thanks to the clinical engagement team under Angela Ryan for making me feel so welcome.

It has been a privilege to not only observe, but be a part of the My Heath Record expansion program (transition to opt out), a healthcare policy reform that touches every person in Australia, and an undertaking on a scale that is unlikely to happen again any time soon.

I highly recommend the Agency as a host organisation for the FbT program and a potential place of employment”.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Toby. We thank him for all his great work over the past six months, and wish him all the best in his future career.

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