About us

The Digital Health Workforce Academy is an online training academy specialising in health and biomedical informatics. We provide courses that build the competencies essential to health’s digital futures. We have courses:

  • For targeted health workforce groups such as clinicians, IT professionals and managers.
  • On specific topics such as data quality and e-safety.






Who we are

The Academy’s Founder and lead author is David Rowlands, B.Ec.(Hons), G.D.B.A., C.H.I.A., F.A.C.H.I.

David is a leading informatician with over 30 years’ experience in the health industry. He is currently based in Sydney, but has worked extensively in health informatics in Australia and Asia, in particular on the development of national information infrastructures. He has chaired international working groups based in Europe and the USA on electronic health records. He draws upon an extensive network of global leaders in health care, health services and informatics.

David’s experience in health extends well beyond informatics. He has held executive roles in health service management, planning and performance management, strategic development and corporate services in large and diverse health service delivery agencies. David is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Health Informatics in Australia, available here and lead author of Australian eSafety Professional Practice Guidelines, available here.

Benefits of DHWA Courses

All of the Academy’s courses are:

  • Competency-based and pragmatic. We impart knowledge that can be applied immediately in health workplaces to create new opportunities and overcome challenges.
  • Targeted. We address specific audiences and issues, based on experience and ongoing feedback about the things that today’s health workforce needs to know.
  • Cost-effective. We deliver extensive and contemporary knowledge and supporting resources at low cost, through targeting and online service delivery.
  • Self-paced. We understand that many people in health do not work routine hours. You can fit our courses into your schedules, rather than having to fit ours.
  • Available through a variety of channels – computers, tablets and smart phones. Access tem anywhere you have a broadband connection.
  • Globally relevant.

Our value to:

  • The health workforce is ease of acquisition of digital skills and knowledge – pre-requisites for the future, starting now.
  • People new to or wishing to enter the health workforce is rapid upskilling – eliminating an important barrier to entry.
  • Employers is staff and agents appropriately skilled, quickly. Our courses are focused on real workplace needs, including rapid deployment, not an academic platform.

No matter where you work in the health sector, you will soon be working digitally if you are not already. It’s not enough to know how to use systems and apps.

Being part of the digital health workforce means knowing how to take advantage of digital opportunities and overcome digital challenges in some of the most complex organisations on the planet. In a life and death industry.

It means being able to solve problems creatively in a digital world. It means using digital technologies to keep patients and the public safe and healthy in a world awash with data, information and knowledge.

The Digital Health Workforce Academy is your lifelong partner in the future of health care.

Mode of Delivery

Our courses are delivered using Moodle, a learning platform that is proven and trusted by more than 85 million users worldwide*. They are hosted on the Cloud, and available through computers, tablets and smart phones. All you need to do is register for a course and receive your logon details, then you can access the course at your own convenience.

* Moodle Statistics, from Moodle.net.

Ongoing Membership

Once you have completed a course, you are a part of our alumni – a member of the Academy.

This gives you:

  • Access to a range of useful resources, including webinars.
  • A registry of your course certifications.
  • A learning partner for life.

Corporate Responsibility

We take our corporate and social responsibilities seriously.


  • Enjoy and support diversity, which also helps our members – diversity fosters more creative and innovative workforces.
  • Use and support environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Are accessible to everybody with a broadband connection, not just those with high bandwidth.
  • Give back to the health and informatics communities.