Dr. Evelyn Hovenga


Dr. Evelyn Hovenga


Dr. Evelyn’s Industry background includes academia, (incl. school and research centre management, research and distance (on-line) tertiary (CQU) and vocational education (eHe), independent health service management consultant for private and public hospitals (PhD in Health Administration, & formal work study qualifications), public service (State Government), including research direction for a Ministerial enquiry and industrial relations, nursing unit manager, operating room nursing, organ imaging nursing, ward clerk, and prior to undertaking nursing she worked as an office junior in the manufacturing industry.

More than 30 years experience has covered many facets of health informatics, especially standards development, health terminology and electronic health records incl. knowledge management and ontology. She is known nationally and internationally as a distinguished Australian health informatician who has made major contributions to the discipline since 1984 with several honorary positions, many speaking invitations and publications. Her work is guided by Her vision for a sustainable national health system via the adoption of e-Health technologies.

Throughout her career she has been interested in and contributed to the promotion of health informatics education by participating in the establishment of the Nursing Computer Group in Victoria (1985), the Health Informatics Society of Australia (1993) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics(2003) and the facilitation and delivery of many professional development workshops hosted by these organisations including Chairing two International conferences (NI91 and Medinfo2007).

She was responsible for facilitating and managing all HL7 Australia educational activities for several years; was an invited expert to IMIA’s Nursing Informatics group competency development workshop in 1987, the European Nightingale Nursing Informatics competency development project during the early 1990s, an invited member of the International Medical Informatics Association’s education taskforce given the responsibility to develop and publish the medical (health) informatics education recommendations followed by the 2010 review and update of these curriculum guidelines. She chaired IMIA’s education workgroup for several years during which time they published a text edited by myself and Prof John Mantas on Global Health Informatics Education (2004 IOS Press). She been involved in the Vocational Education Sector since mid 2010 as RTO manager and trainer.