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In Australia, Health Informatics has been defined as "the body of knowledge that concerns the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in, about and for human health, and the design and management of related information systems to advance the understanding and practice of healthcare"

Informatics is the science of information. The general goal of informatics is to develop methods and systems to collect, store, access, retrieve, integrate, analyse, visualise and use data, information, and knowledge.

Biomedical informatics is the application of informatics in the biomedical realm, concerned with "the optimal use of information, often aided by the use of technology, to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research" 2. While the field of biomedical informatics shares the general scope of these interests with some other health care specialties and disciplines, it has developed its own areas of emphasis and approaches that have set it apart from other disciplines and specialties.

As a research and education centre based in Australia, it is essential that we use terminology that is understood in the Australian context, hence the use of the phrase "health informatics".  As our reputation and impact on the international scene has grown, we have adopted terminology suited to the international context, hence the use of the term "biomedical informatics."  These terms form the name of the newly formed "Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre", a branding which encompasses both national and international usage and understanding of health informatics and biomedical informatics.