Dr Heather Leslie


aka @omowizard

I am a clinician by training with 15 years experience as a General Practitioner; working in health informatics since 2000.

1985 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Melbourne University)
1989 Diploma of Obstetrics, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
1992 Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
2006 Fellow of Australian College of Health Informatics (FACHI)

My background in informatics started in 1995 with the co-development of a General Practice clinical desktop application focused on electronic prescribing. This kick-started a journey into health informatics that included some gigs on national eHealth strategy committees and development of a Personal Health Record during those heady days of the dot-com era.

By day, I am Director of Clinical Modeling for Ocean Informatics and in my ‘spare time’ I am Editor for the openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager.  In both roles I work with clinicians and national eHealth programs to create computable models for use in electronic health records using openEHR archetypes and templates.  The openEHR approach has become something of a passion for me – I like the way it has been designed to support and encourage grassroots clinicians to actively lead development of the clinical content for our EHRs.

I have consulted on openEHR clinical knowledge modelling and clinical domain expert engagement to national eHealth programs including the United Kingdom, Sweden and Singapore and presented training courses and workshops in Australia, USA, Europe and Africa.

I am a co-chair of Standards Australia IT-14-09 committee (EHR interoperability) and have been a nominated Australian delegate to ISO TC 215 Health Informatics meetings since 2008.

In addition I’m also pretty fussy about my coffee, and like travel, reading, music, blues harp, social media, cryptic crosswords and option trading.  And I seem to carry with me a reputation as a Rixatrix – in old English, a quarrelsome woman – now you can judge for yourself.