Country specific competencies for New Zealand

In 2006, a report on the health informatics capability in New Zealand (NZ) noted a need for a significant increase in people trained in health informatics (Kerr et al., 2006). The same report identified the need for greater co-operation between institutions and for increased awareness of the domain in the health and IT communities. Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ), as the independent national health informatics organisation, established an education working group, comprising academics from all interested NZ universities. Based on the 2006 report and International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) guidelines (Mantas et al., 2010), a list of required competencies was developed (Figure 1). The competencies also considered the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) equivalents (Parry, Hunter, Honey, Holt, Day, Kirk, Cullen, et al., 2013).