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Mrs Sue Walker

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work

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Name
Mrs Sue Walker
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5873
Fax
+61 7 3138 3369
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
LinkedIn
Qualifications

Master of Health Science (Queensland University of Technology), GradDip(PubHlth) (Queensland University of Technology), BAppSc (Cumberland Coll. of Health Sci)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

ICD, coding, health information, international classification of diseases, morbidity, mortality, surveillance

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Sue Walker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology.

Sue is a qualified Health Information Management professional, with postgraduate qualifications in public health and health services management.

Prior to joining QUT in 1994, Sue worked in public and private hospitals in Sydney and Brisbane, was a data manager at the Queensland Cancer Registry and a policy officer in the Statistical Services Branch of Queensland Health. Sue was recently a member of the Global Health Workforce Council, which developed core international curricula for the education of Health Information Managers, Health Informaticians and Health ICT professionals.

Sue is a full graduate member of the Health Information Management Association of Australia and a Chair of the Association’s Editorial Board, Editorial Review panel, as well as being a member of its Research Advisory Committee and International Special Interest Group.

Research interests

  • Development and use of clinical classifications and coded data, casemix, electronic health records
  • Morbidity and Mortality data Quality
  • Health Information Systems in Developing Countries
  • Health Information Management
This information has been contributed by Mrs Sue Walker.

Teaching

Teaching highlights At QUT, Sue is responsible for coordinating and teaching the following units of study:

1st year units:                   

  • PUB100                                Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology
  • PUB101                                Introduction to Clinical Classification

 2nd year units:

  • PUB202                                Advanced Clinical Classification

3rd year units:

  • PUB359                                Health Information Management (50%)
  • PUB364                                Transition to HIM Practice
  • PUB370                                Practical Clinical classification
  • PUB368                                Integrated HIM Practice

In addition, Sue conducts regular short courses for international participants, both in Australia and in other countries. The focus of these courses is to provide skills and knowledge to working practitioners in areas such as health information management, clinical coding, medical terminology, morbidity and mortality data quality and related subjects.

This information has been contributed by Mrs Sue Walker.

Experience

Professional Practice

2017 - Chair, Editorial Board, Health Information Management Journal

2014 – Elected member, Global Health workforce Council (representing the Western Pacific region)

2010 – Associate Editor, Health Information Management:Journal of the Health Information Management Association of Australia

2003 – Member, Editorial Board, Health Information Management Journal:Journal of the Health Information Management Association of Australia

2004 - 2014 Co-Chair, WHO-FIC Education Committee and International Federation of Health Records Organizations Collaboration on standardised training and certification for coders

1999 - Member, World Health Organization Family of International Classifications Network ICD-10 Implementation Committee

1999 - Member, World Health Organization Family of International Classifications Network Education Committee

1997 - Member, World Health Organization Family of International Classifications Network Mortality Reference Group  

International consultancy experience 22-28 November 2015 Consultant to Australian Bureau of Statistics to support mortality coding processes at Ministry of Health; Suva, Fiji

6-16 August 2015 Consultant to Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Brunei to conduct ICD-10 morbidity workshop for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and medical record personnel and to undertake morbidity coding quality audit; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

2-10 December 2014 Consultant to Caribbean Public Health Agency to facilitate workshop for trainers on ICD-10 morbidity coding and advise on regional morbidity coding activities; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

3-7 November 2015 Consultant to Australian Bureau of Statistics to support mortality coding processes at Ministry of Health; Suva, Fiji

3-10 March 2012 Health Information Management consultant to Ministry of Health, Kuwait to advise on establishment of National Centre for Health Information; Kuwait city, Kuwait

June-November 2011 WHO Short term consultant to World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific to support development and endorsement of Health Information systems strategic and operational plans for Fiji Ministry of Health; Suva, Fiji

22-28 May 2011 WHO Short term consultant to World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific to support development and endorsement of Health Information Policy for Fiji Ministry of Health; Suva, Fiji

11-22 April 2010: WHO Short term consultant to World Health Organisation Regional Office for the Western Pacific to provide expertise and support to Fiji Cancer Registry; Suva, Fiji.

31 May-18 June 2009: Health Information Management Adviser for JTA International for the Fiji Health Sector Improvement Program with funding through AusAID. This program entailed review of progress towards HIM strategic plan and provision of advice regarding activities relating to health information management, clinical coding and patient administration system: Suva, Fiji.

3 – 7 September 2007: Temporary Adviser to World Health Organization Regional Office for South East Asia to facilitate Trainer workshop on International Classification of Diseases; Greater Noida, India.

26 May – 11 June 2005: Short term consultant to JTA International Pty Ltd for Samoa Health Project with funding from AusAID. This program included conduct of coder training, recommendations for documentation requirements for clinicians, review of hospital information system and development of coding audit protocol; Apia, Samoa.

17 August – 3 September 2002: WHO Short Term Consultant for Training Courses on the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases conducted in Pamplemousses, Mauritius on behalf of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa.

2 August – 2 September 2001: WHO Short Term Consultant for Inter-country training course on the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Review of Health Information Management Practices conducted in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on behalf of World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office.

7-24 September 2000: Consultant to conduct a two week in-country health information systems training program in the Kingdom of Tonga on behalf of Melbourne Enterprises International Limited, with funding from AusAID. This program incorporated training in medical terminology, introduction to ICD-10 coding and clinical documentation practice.

6 – 17 December 1999: WHO Short Term Consultant to lead assessment team to evaluate Inter-country training course on the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases, taught by staff of the National Institute of Health Sciences, Kalutara, Sri Lanka; consultancy conducted on behalf of the World Health Organization South East Asia Regional Office.

17 – 28 May 1999: WHO Short Term Consultant for Inter-country training course on the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases conducted in Guam, on behalf of World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office.

3 – 14 May 1999: WHO Short Term Consultant for Inter-country training course on the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases conducted in Suva, Fiji Islands on behalf of World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office.

16 November – 11 December 1998: WHO Short Term Consultant for Inter-country Training Course in Medical Record Practice and Health Information Management conducted in Yangon, Myanmar on behalf of World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office.

Awards

2010: Awarded Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for ‘significant and superior contribution to the work of the University’

2010: Nominee for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Academic staff)

2007: World Health Organization Family of International Classifications Network/International Federation of Health Records Organizations Joint Collaboration recognition as ICD Underlying Cause of Death Trainer (Honorary)

2007: International Federation of Health Records Organizations award for outstanding support and contributions 2004-2007

2001: Nominated for Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Contribution by General Staff Member Award

2000: Health Information Management Association of Australia Appreciation Award for services to the profession (Chair, Education committee)

1999: Health Information Management Association of Australia Appreciation Award for services to the profession (Chair, Conference Organising Committee)

This information has been contributed by Mrs Sue Walker.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2015
Details
Invited member of Global Health Workforce Council (GHWC) representing Western Pacific region. GHWC is developing international curricula for education of the health information workforce (Health Information Managers, Health Informaticians and Health ICT workers). Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and hosted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and its partner the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations, the Council consists of 13 internationally recognised experts from education, healthcare, governments, and associations with HIM, HIT, or HI expertise to advance the global curricula. Council members have demonstrated leadership in the field, and possess recognition and influence within their country or region and the ability to gain support for curricula standard with various stakeholder groups.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2011
Details
The Australian WHO-FIC collaborating centre manages activities relating to the development and use of the international health classifications for which WHO is the proprietor. Invited member with expertise on mortality coding.
Type
Membership of a Statutory Committee
Reference year
2011
Details
The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for the Family of International Classifications (FIC) are an international network of expert centres in health classifications, coding and terminology development. The WHO-FIC Education Committee and IFHIMA have established the Education and Implementation Committee to develop an international training and certification program to improve coding practice
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2011
Details
Peer reviewer
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2011
Details
Peer reviewer

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Improving the Measurement and Surveillance of Child Abuse in Queensland
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882093
Start year
2008
Keywords
Population Health; Health Classifications; Child Abuse and Neglect; Data Linkage; Child Protection
Title
Developing and Enhancing the Quality of National Injury-Related Hospital Morbidity Data
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0454849
Start year
2005
Keywords
Morbidity statistics; Health classifications; Injury prevention;

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