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Joy Smith

An important cause is where her heart belongs; she is a joy to work with.

Joy has notched up forty years as a Health Information Manager, although this qualification has taken her from public, private and DVA hospitals to state health departments, from lecturing and tutoring in several universities to HIMAA’s first foray into providing training courses, and opportunities to work around Australia, South-East Asia and New Zealand but predominantly in Queensland where she and her family have made their home.

Joy is a participant. She is willing to volunteer her time, skills and energy for an important cause, whether that is for her professional organisation – HIMAA, or HISA, or the School P&C or one of the charitable organisations she supports. But what more important cause could there be than to participate in enterprises for the care, management and improvement of the health of our fellow citizens?

Becoming one of the inaugural CHIA practitioners is a highlight career achievement and Joy is keen to encourage more colleagues to pursue this recognition of their skills and experience in this broad field of health informatics.

Currently employed by Mater Health in Brisbane, Joy finds plenty of opportunities to contribute to the dynamic and innovative information and technology management environment at this large and diverse not-for-profit healthcare organisation.

While sharing in the thrill of applying new information and communication technology to benefit clinicians and patients – and our healthcare system – alike, Joy is always cognisant of the underlying principles of sound information management principles such as patient privacy and tempering the zeal of what can be done with an understanding of what should or may be done; that can make her and her associates the “fun police” at times but that’s all part of the team approach to ultimately achieving our goals.


Manager Health Informatics Service


Mater Health Brisbane

Favourite things

Coffee – aromatic and shared with friends; R&B, jazz, rock, Sweet Baby James, portraiture art, gorgeous and stylish millinery hats

I’m passionate about

Simplifying life to enhance its enjoyment; the importance of having an open heart and an open mind; living up to my name; and NSW winning the State of Origin Rugby League series at least half the time

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has merged with the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) to form the Australasian Institute of Digital Health on Monday 24 February 2020. This site will no longer be updated and will be preserved for archive. Visit us at the Institute! www.digitalhealth.org.au.