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Welcome to HL7 Australia

Welcome to HL7 Australia. We are a membership-based not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee that exists to facilitate adoption of e-health in Australia by promoting effective use of standards and products developed by HL7 International and supporting their enhancement to meet local needs.

Health Level Seven® International (HL7®) is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health technology with members in over 40 countries.

About HL7 Australia

Australia has been an early driver for the internationalisation of HL7.

HL7 Australia began in Australia in 1998 under the auspices of Standards Australia IT-14 Health Informatics Committee.

In May 2002, it was first incorporated independently as the HL7 Australasia User Group.

In March 2010 the name changed to HL7 Australia;  and in December 2019 HL7 restructured, becoming a limited company.

HL7 Australia Ltd remains the local affiliate of HL7 International. Our members are representative of those using and benefiting from HL7 Standards in Australia. 

HL7 Australia Ltd continues to make an important and significant contribution to the work of HL7 International and global health informatics standards development more generally.


Mission

HL7 Australia’s objects are to:

  • Promote effective use of HL7 International standards and products
  • Support and promote interoperability of health information systems
  • Promote the widespread, consistent use of standards developed by HL7 International and by HL7 Australia across the Australian health sector
  • Be recognised as the principal body in Australia promoting the development, understanding and adoption of standards developed by HL7 International and HL7 Australia
  • Be a respected and influential body in Australia and internationally in the health information industry

Vision

Create a collaborative and open community, developing interoperability standards and promoting their adoption to support and enhance world leading healthcare in Australia


Strategy

Since the late 2020 the Board of HL7 Australia convened a series of workshops with members and stakeholders to input into a strategy for the company for the coming three years (2023-2025).

Four strategic objectives emerged:

  1. Position HL7 in national framework for interoperability standards
  2. Support development of localised standards
  3. Grow our community
  4. Promote adoption and conformance to HL7 AU standards

For each of these strategic objectives, a series of actions and deliverables have been identified and indicative prioritisation given to these. To view the 2023-25 strategic plan please click below.

HL7 Australia Strategic Priorities 2023-2025.

View our submission for the national interoperability plan for Australia here.

HL7 Australia Limited Constitution

In December 2019, HL7 Australia restructured, becoming a limited company.

To view the Constitution of HL7 Australia Limited click here.

To view the latest version of the By-laws of HL7 Australia click here.

 
ABN/ACN

Australian Company Number 629 010 297

Australian Business Number 37 629 010 297

HL7 Australia Board

The HL7 Australia Board is a volunteer board responsible for supporting a collaborative and open community in Australia to develop interoperability standards.

The members of the HL7 Australia Board for 2022/23 are:

Isobel Frean

HL7 Australia Chair

Senior Consultant Digital Health CRC
Term expires: AGM 2024

Reuben Daniels

Ordinary Director

Principal Consultant, Saludax
Term expires: AGM 2025

Kate-Ebrill

Kate Ebrill

Ordinary Director

Interoperability Lead CSIRO and Lead Sparked
Term expires: AGM 2025

David Pare

Director of Membership

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & VP of products
Olinqua
Term expires: AGM 2024

Clinton Hart

Clinton Hart

Ordinary Director & HL7 Australia Secretary

Director Enterprise Architecture at eHealth NSW
Term expires: AGM 2024

Brett Esler

Brett Esler

Ordinary Director Consultant

Term expires: AGM 2024

Rupert Lee

Ordinary Director

General Manager of Enterprise Solutions and Growth at Telstra Health Term expires: AGM 2025

Robi Karp

Ordinary Director & Treasurer

CEO, Fluffy Spider Technologies
Term expires: AGM 2025

FHIR Management Framework for the governance of FHIR standards development in Australia

HL7 Australia and CSIRO have partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Department of Health and Aged Care to establish an Australian FHIR Management Framework (AFMF) for the governance of FHIR standards development in Australia. 

The AFMF is pivotal to enabling the free flow of data, information, and knowledge across the Australian health system and beyond.  Its goal is to provide a process by which FHIR resources can be assimilated to form national data sharing standards and governance and to consolidate, expand and enhance the Australian FHIR community whose capabilities will be key to supporting interoperability targets in the coming months and years. 

The audience for the framework is those currently or looking to become engaged in the development of FHIR specifications and those analysing or supporting digital health standardisation in Australia. 

A first priority of the AFMF is to build and maintain an Australian FHIR Core (a set of FHIR® Implementation Guides (IGs) that meet defined use cases but are reusable, scalable, extensible, and underpin the free flow of clinical and other associated information across the Australian health sector). 

The AFMF will comprise an Australian FHIR Community Process (AFCP) and will be governed by an Australian FHIR Coordination Committee (AFCC). The AFCP is the recommended standards development process for national FHIR specifications in Australia and the Australian FHIR Coordination Committee is a committee delegated by HL7 Australia to oversee the ongoing development and application of the AFMF.  Both the committee and the development process will be supported by a secretariat, hosted by HL7 Australia and infrastructure and subject matter experts from CSIRO. 

The attached Public Review Version of the AFMF v1.1 describes both these components in detail and the broader context in which it will operate. HL7 Australia invites the FHIR community to review and provide comments on this initial working draft. You can provide comments using any of the following avenues:

 

HL7 Australia Standards Work Groups

HL7 Australia has two Work Groups, broadly modelled after their HL7 International counterparts, these are:

  • FHIR Work Group
  • HL7V2 Work Group

HL7 Australia Work Groups, modelled after their HL7 International counterparts are:  

FHIR Work Group (FWG): oversees and coordinates the technical efforts related to the development of HL7 FHIR standards in Australia.  

The FWG oversees the development of AU-realm specific HL7 FHIR consensus-based standards specifications.

The FWG develops and maintains the processes HL7 AU follows to develop standards. The broad structure is based on HL7 International and the separation of governance, management, and methodology.

The FWG oversees the development of methodologies and work processes to be used by the Work Group in developing HL7 consensus-based standards specifications.

The FWG Co-chairs are:

 

Refer to HL7 Australia’s Work Group Governance for more information on Co-chair appointments. 

HL7 V2 Work Group (HL7V2WG): oversees and coordinates the technical efforts related to the development of HL7 V2 standards in Australia.

The HL7V2WG will maintain and align V2 content with national requirements.

If you are interested in nominating as a co-chair, please email us at admin@hl7.com.au

The Board of HL7 Australia expresses thanks to individuals and their supporting organisations for their participation and contribution to the development of Australian standards in healthcare.

Events

The Board is planning a program of monthly events for members and interested parties. Keep an eye on our News posts for updates.

To view the 2024 HL7 Events Calendar please click here.

To view the HL7 International calendar of events please click here.

To view our Sponsorships Packages please click here.

HL7 Australia & HL7 New Zealand Debrief on HL7 International Jan 2024 WGM

Date: Thursday 8 February 2024 1:00pm – 2:30pm AEDT | 3:00pm – 4:30pm NZDT

To view the agenda & access joining details please click here 

HL7 Australia Annual General Meeting 2023

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2023 3:00pm –  4:00pm

To view the slides presented by the Board to the 2023 AGM please click here

HL7 Australia – Building FHIR Implementations in Australia

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2023 4:00pm – 5:00pm

To view the recording of this open meeting click here.

To view the slides presented at the webinar click here.

Australian & New Zealand experiences of the September 2023 HL7 International Connectathon & Working Group Meeting (WGM) in Phoenix, USA 

Date: Friday 29 September 2023 1:00pm –  2:30pm

Register to attend online here.

Melbourne HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon 2023

Date: Monday 20 November 2023 9:00am – 5:00pm to Tuesday 21 November 2023 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where:  Melbourne Connect, 700  Swanston Street, Carlton VIC 3053 

Register to attend in person here.

HL7 AU & HL7 NZ Joint Symposium 2024

Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2024 

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (AEDT)

Where: Kimpton Margot Sydney, Room: Hammond 1, 339 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

For more information please visit HL7 Australia’s affiliate page on confluence 

Sydney HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon 2024

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024 – Friday 22 March 2024 

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (AEDT) 

Where: Kimpton Margot Sydney, Room: Hammond 3, 339 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.  

For more information please visit HL7 Australia’s affiliate page on confluence.

Brisbane HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon 2024

Date: August 2024 

Where: Venue to be confirmed.  

Melbourne HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon 2024

Date: November 2024 

Where: Venue to be confirmed.  


Training - Online Courses

Introducing our Online Courses where we will provide the latest information on registrations and details.

Honorary Life Members

In recognition of their sustained contribution and commitment to the development of HL7 standards, HL7 Australia recognises the following individuals as honorary life members:

  • Grahame Grieve
  • Heather Grain
  • Vince McCauley
  • Richard Dixon-Hughes
  • Trish Williams

 

Life Membership is conferred on an individual by the Board (by simple majority) at a General Meeting.

Upcoming Events
Sydney HL7 AU FHIR Symposium 2024

Sydney HL7 AU FHIR Symposium 2024

Join us for the in-person HL7 AU FHIR Symposium in Sydney. 8:30am for coffees, registration and networking. 9:00am kick-off.
AU FHIR Work Group 2024

AU FHIR Work Group 2024

Join us for an in-person AU FHIR Work Group in Sydney.
AU Core Technical Design Group 2024

AU Core Technical Design Group 2024

Join us for an in-person AU Core Technical Design Group in Sydney.
HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon Sydney 2024

HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon Sydney 2024

Join us for the HL7 AU FHIR Connectathon Sydney 2024, a fantastic in-person event for Developers to connect!

Legal Obligations of HL7 Australia Membership

Since 2019, HL7 Australia as an association limited by guarantee which places us under federal legislation that clearly outlines all member and director rights and responsibilities. We suggest you familiarise yourself with the rules governing our new association here.

We wish to draw your attention to the obligation that HL7 Australia now carries to make primary contact details of all members available to every member. This is to allow any member to gain enough support to call a General Meeting. By becoming a member, you agree to your contact details being shared in line with federal legislation.

Additionally HL7 Australia is required under the constitution to charge all new members a one-off fee of $10 that limits your liability as a member to $10. Once paid, this fee will not be charged on renewal of a membership. For accounting purposes please note this payment is GST exempt.

A policy decision of HL7 Australia is to charge all members that are not renewing their membership a $10 administration fee (inc GST). This will be taken from the initial $10 deposit to simplify administration, rather than refunding that $10 deposit on lapse or termination of membership.

To view our by-laws click here.

To view our Constitution click here.

Become a member with HL7 Australia here or learn more about the Membership here.

Standards

HL7 standards support clinical practice and the management, delivery, and evaluation of health services, and are recognized as the most commonly used in the world.

To view and access HL7 International Standards click here.

For more information about the HL7 standards process, please read Understanding the Standards Process

Standards Development Process

Local Standards

To access localized HL7 standards and the Australian Base FHIR Implementation Guide click here.

HL7 International Standards Work Groups

To view the list of active HL7 International work groups click here.

News

FAQs

  1. Free access to HL7 standards documentation, including those developed in Australia, the USA or by any other HL7 International Affiliate.
  2. Members-only access to the main HL7 website in the USA.
  3. Reduced membership rates for attendance at any HL7 meeting which have a charge (including those outside Australia).
  4. Free attendance at all HL7 Australia meetings (other than those which carry a surcharge).
  5. Learn more about the HL7 Australia Membership here.
  6. Become a member here.

The liability of members is limited to $10, a one-off fee we include at the time of initial joining.  

We acknowledge and thank our Benefactors

We thank our Gold Members

We thank our Silver Members

Contact Us

HL7 Australia Secretariat

Secretariat
Upper Level, 59 Smith Street, 
Kempsey NSW 2440, Australia

Email:   secretary@hl7.com.au 

HL7 International

Health Level Seven International.
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3300 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
Tel: +1 734 677 7777
Email: hq@hl7.org Web: www.hl7.org