How to become a Health Information Manager

Health information managers combine knowledge of healthcare processes, health records and administration, information management and human resource management to provide services that meet the medical, legal, ethical and administrative requirements of the healthcare system.

Personal requirements of a Health Information Manager

  • Organisational ability
  • Potential to manage staff
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Education & Training for a Health Information Manager

To become a health information manager you usually have to complete a degree in science or health science with a major in health information management. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a related field followed by a postgraduate qualification in health information management. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics are normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,440

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 8.2%

NSW 23.4%

NT 2.8%

QLD 16.7%

SA 8.3%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 31.9%

WA 6.6%

Hours worked:

35.7

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 22.7%

Female 77.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 22%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 30.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 32.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.4%

Above 35 years: 76.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Before undertaking professional placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Students and graduates of accredited courses can apply for membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA).
Related careers