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Patient Safety

Poor clinical documentation culture remains a pain point in many Australian hospitals.

Despite hospital leaders' best efforts, this culture remains entrenched and consistently undermines patients safety.

In fact, in a CDIA survey, up to 70% of nurses stated they were unable to find an indication in the medical record for a treatment they were administering to the patient. If you can relate to this, rest assured, you're not alone.

The CDIA 2021 conference will bring together the pioneering Australian hospitals who have successfully tackled this issue head on, and embarked on their journey towards sustained cultural change.

Be inspired by their stories and empowered by their strategies to transform your own facilities' clinical documentation culture.

Financial Sustainability

The squeeze on hospital finances is tighter than ever in both public and private facilities.

Hospital finance leaders are looking to improve their funding to reflect their patient complexity, but often struggle to turn this into reality.

The complexity of many patients is often lost as clinicians omit or only infer important information, resulting in incomplete coding and inaccurate DRG assignment, leading to stressed and under-resourced hospitals.

Attendees at the conference will have a unique window into pioneering hospitals who have broken away from the pack and achieved what many facilities long for.

In a competitive hospital environment, this is a great opportunity to listen and network with the best.

Data Integrity

The need for data-driven decision making has never been greater in health care.

Many hospitals are torn between their excitement about AI and the frustration of the quality of their clinical documentation.

The quality of these decisions is entirely dependent on the quality of clinical documentation, which forms the basis of the data through clinical coding.

Join us at the conference to listen to and meet hospital leaders who have seen a significant increase in the frequency of documentation of common diseases, empowering them to make more informed decisions about their patient cohort.

Royal Randwick Racecourse Sydney, 17 - 18 May 2021 

Who is registering?

EMpowering Leadership

CEOs & Hospital Leadership

Network with other CEOs and hospital leaders whose hospitals may be further along their CDI journey.

Make lasting connections and learn key lessons about what works and what doesn’t.
Cheif financial officers

Chief Financial Officers

Be inspired by other CFOs who have been able to do the seemingly impossible and effectively engage clinicians to reflect their patient's clinical complexity and drive accurate funding.

Enjoy a mind opening experience and learn from other hospitals who preferred to ‘fill from the top’ rather than solely focusing on cost cutting.
Quality Managers Tight margins

Quality Managers

Immerse yourself in a group of health professionals passionate about clinical documentation integrity.

Learn the most effective way to engage with clinicians from your peers as they share their struggles and successes.

Identify new and creative ways to achieve your organisation's strategic quality targets.

Clinical Documentation Specialists

Be part of history by attending the first ever Australian conference for the Clinical Documentation Specialist profession.

This will be the single most empowering event for any CDS in 2021.

Deepen your knowledge, share your journey, prepare for what is ahead, and make lasting professional connections.

HIMs & Clinical Coders

The conference will celebrate the vital role that HIM professionals and Clinical Coders play in improving the quality of clinical documentation.

Be inspired by other hospital's CDI programs and initiatives.

Participate and have a voice in this landmark CDI conference.

Doctors & Nurses

The conference is open to all clinical staff, whether they be doctors, nurses, or allied health professionals who are passionate about clinical documentation improvement.

Learn from others who are effectively driving change in this area on the clinical coalface.

Be invigorated by meeting peers from all over the country who share the same passion.

Speakers include

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Dr Ali Walker

Human Connection Scientist with a PhD in group dynamics from ANU

Ali is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at the University of NSW Sydney, and the founder of Ality – an organisation dedicated to helping people connect their personality to their purpose. At Ality, Ali uses her PhD research to develop personality assessments that identify connection types and motivational drivers in relationships, teams and leadership.

Ali is a keynote speaker and consultant focusing on leadership, group dynamics and human connection. She has spoken for Suncorp, Australia Post, the Downer Group, Lendlease, the Australian Department of Health, Ambulance NSW, QBE, and the Australian Department of Education among others. She presented at TEDx UNSW and is the author of the bestselling Get Conscious: How to stop overthinking and come alive.

James Downie

James Downie

Chief Executive Officer, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

James Downie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA).

Prior to this James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities.

He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.


Dr Abdulelah Alhawsawi

Patient Safety Advisor at Saudi CBAHI

Dr. Abdulelah Alhawsawi is the founding Director-General of the Saudi Patient
Safety Center (SPSC) and MOH Advisor on Patient Safety. He led the efforts to
establish SPSC as a WHO Collaborating Center for patient safety policies and
strategies (1 of only 5 WHOcc worldwide in this field).

He holds Dual Certified
Boards (American - Canadian) of general surgery with sub-specialty in
Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

He is a consultant to several national and international quality and safety
organizations and recently became an executive committee member of the Global
Sepsis Alliance (GSA). He was part of the Expert Panel on the 3rd Global Patient
Safety Challenge of the WHO. He chaired the Organizing Committee for the 4th
Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2019.

Dr. Alhawsawi has helped introduce Patient Safety as a G20 priority in the 2020
G20 of Saudi Arabia.

Currently, Dr. Alhawsawi is part of the WHO’s Global Patient Safety Action Plan


Dr David Tralaggan

Co-founder of Clinical Documentation Improvement Australia

Dr David Tralaggan is the most influential medical doctor in Australia when it comes to clinical documentation improvement.

Drawing from experience of being involved in the education of over 8,000 health care professionals, David is well acquainted with the challenges hospital face when they try to engage with clinicians.

David is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators, and continues to practice clinically in an Intensive Care Unit in NSW.

David is a dynamic and effective communicator who has an infectious passion for clinical documentation.


Sally Hart

Midwest CDI Director - Mayo Clinic

Sally is Mayo Clinic’s Midwest Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Director, bringing 25 years of nursing experience, over 10 years of CDI leadership, and a focus on healthcare quality to her role.

Her credentials include Registered Nurse, Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and Certified Revenue Cycle Representative.

Sally serves as a committee member for the National Association of Healthcare Quality. She has worked with healthcare systems across the United States implementing new CDI programs and leading established programs toward best practices and peak performance. With a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Quality, Sally guides teams in continuous process improvement and the never-ending pursuit of accurate healthcare quality reporting and reimbursement. Her passion for engaging and educating providers, interdisciplinary stakeholders, and staff is evident in her dedication to never settling for good enough and always striving to inspire achievement of shared goals.


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Richard Dore

Co-CEO of Proteus Leadership

Richard Dore is the Co-CEO of Proteus Leadership and is recognised as one of the most effective Leadership, People and Workplace Culture Change facilitators in Australia.  

People love his engaging facilitation style – he's fun, irreverent, a great storyteller and more importantly he cuts through the hype. His ability to take complex issues and give them simple and practical solutions for effective change makes him a real draw card.

Arabic welcome for our Saudi Arabian attendees

There has been huge amount of interest in this event from Saudi Arabia who is in the process of implementing ICD-10-AM.
Given the time difference between Australia and KSA, the Saudi audience will receive a delayed same day broadcast of the event commencing at 9am Saudi time. Please note the actual conference is in English. 


The details

Round venue

Venue & dates

17 - 18 May 2021 

Royal Randwick Racecourse Ballroom
Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand

Situated in the city’s Eastern Suburbs close to the CBD, the venue offers prime position in one of Sydney’s most sought-after locations.

Located a short 15 minute drive from Sydney airport and under 10 minutes from Coogee, one of Sydney’s most stunning beach locations.

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Round networking event

Networking event

The conference will provide invaluable networking opportunities with industry experts and like-minded individuals.

Join us for our Welcome Reception at the Royal Randwick Racecourse Malt Shovel Taphouse.

Monday 17 May 2021

5:00pm - 7:00pm

This is a great opportunity to share your conference experiences and learnings from the day whilst enjoying canapes and beverages.
Rego round


BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE! TICKETS FULLY CONVERTIBLE TO A VIRTUAL TICKET: In the event that border restrictions are in place due to COVID, tickets can be converted to virtual attendance, and you will be refunded the difference.  

Standard Registration: $750.00* inc GST

Group bookings pricing:

3-5 people 10% discount
6-20 people 20% discount
+20 people 25% discount

Virtual Registration $450.00* inc GST

Networking Event: $120.00* inc GST - One ticket included with standard registration.

*All prices are in Australian Dollars.

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Saudi circle

Saudi Arabians

There has been huge amount of interest in this event from Saudi Arabia who is in the process of implementing ICD-10-AM.

Given the time difference between Australia and KSA, the Saudi audience will receive a delayed broadcast of the event commencing at 9am Saudi time.

Saudis Register Now


Be a part of this not to miss event by partnering with CDIA.

We have a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities available.

To find out more, download the Sponsorship Prospectus or get in contact with BCC Management: brianna@bccm.com.au
(03) 8679 5460


Airport: Only 15 mins from Sydney Airport Domestic Terminal.

Light Rail: Catch a light rail service to Royal Randwick. The Royal Randwick stop is on Alison Road along Centennial Park near Darley Road. The Kensington stop is located on Anzac Parade, a short walk from the entry on Ascot Street.

Bus Route: All services return back to Central Station: 338, 339, 372, 374, 376.

Parking: Limited complimentary car parking ia available. Access via Ascot Street and Alison Road. Multi deck car park managed by Wilsons Parking is charged at $10.00 per vehicle per day.

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Royal Randwick
Sydney NSW
Royal Randwick
Sydney NSW