Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students undertake theoretical studies at the University, and a three-week (equivalent) supervised, professional practice placement in the Health Information Service of an allocated, regional healthcare facility. Students achieve practice competencies and reinforce professional discipline knowledge. Students undertake key functions on placement to gain understanding of the management, informatics, data analysis and clinical classificatory roles of hospital health information managers. Prior to placement, students are introduced to health information management, health information science, and health informatics via classroom teaching and extensive readings. Regular contact between students and La Trobe University Academic Supervisors is maintained during the placement via the University's Learning Management System, telephone, on-site visits, and email communications.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerin Robinson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites If student is enrolled in HZHHIM - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Health Information Management must pass HIM3PPA and HIM3HMB. If student is enrolled in HBHIMI - Bachelor of Health Information Management (International) must pass HIM3PPA and HIM3HMB. If students enrolled in Master of Health Information Management (HMHIM) no rules apply.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth information: management of a strategic resourcePrescribedAbdelhak, M., et al Eds. 20124TH EDN, ELSEVIER SAUNDERS PA USA, PHILADELPHIA
ReadingsHealth informatics: transforming healthcare with technologyRecommendedConrick, M 2006THOMPSON/SOCIAL SCIENCE PRESS, AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE,SOUTH MELBOURNE
ReadingsHealth information management: concepts, principles and practiceRecommendedLaTour, K M and Eichenwald, S 2006AMERICAN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, USA, CHICAGO
ReadingsInternational Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA). Education Modules for Basic Health Records Practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerin Robinson

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 15.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students complete additional three (3) weeks full-time (i.e. 15 days) of supervised placement during semester."

One 2.0 hours workshop per study period during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3 Week Placement (incl. satisfactory report from placement and Pre-placement briefing attendance)Hurdle: including Post-placement de-briefing interview; reflective comment submission; completion of placement journal & placement coding log; weekly contact with LTU supervisor.0
One 2,000-word individual placement portfolio40
One 25-min team pres & 1500 word team assignment(equiv to 1000 words per individual)20
One 25-minute individual online Quiz 1 (equivalent to 300-words)20
One 25-minute individual online Quiz 2 (equivalent to 375-words)20