Letter from the Editor


Welcome to Issue 2 of 2021 and to a special COVID-19 edition. The HIM-Interchange Subcommittee had planned to release this special edition in 2020, but with the focus on developing the new online platform for HIM-Interchange that didn’t happen. I was concerned that publishing in 2021 may mean we had missed peak relevance. How naïve I was. At the time of publication, many states and territories have recently experienced another lockdown or are currently living in lockdown after the most recent COVID-19 outbreak. The articles in this issue covering topics such as the impacts on personal lives, working arrangements, education and professional experience placements are as relevant as ever

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Letter from the Editor


I hope you agree with me that it was worth the wait for the first issue for 2021. It has been in the planning and development stages for some time, and we are now ready to launch the new online platform for HIM-Interchange. Our aim is to upgrade the format of the journal to make it more accessible and functional for members, making it easier to share articles and search past issues and to modernise HIM-Interchange so that it keeps pace with the digital world we live in.

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Letter from the Editor


Welcome to the third issue for 2020. What a year 2020 has been! Speaking for myself, I would be quite happy to never have to use the phrase ‘unprecedented times’ ever again. I look forward to the days when my standard email sign off does not need to be ‘stay safe’.I hope during the year HIM-Interchange has supported you to keep connected with your health information management colleagues and the profession.

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Dear HIM-Interchange readers Welcome to the second issue for 2020. This is a special issue focusing on health information management education, in particular, student and supervisor experiences of professional practice placements. Merilyn Riley (2020) from La Trobe University provides a guest editorial on the topic of ‘work integrated learning’, which is what clinical placements or professional experience placements are. Following this, you can read articles from former health information management students, most of whom are now employed as Health Information Managers (HIMs), on what they gained from their professional practice placements. While the workplaces and the projects students work on during their placements may have changed since I did my training (it does not look like preparing a medical record procedure manual is on the agenda these days), the value of these placements, the skills they help to build and the confidence they give to students remains the same.

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Dear HIM-Interchange readersWelcome to the first issue for 2020 and a brand new decade!In this issue, Sadiya Askar (2020) shares her journey as a health information management student at La Trobe University over the past three years. Most of us can still remember that sense of trepidation and feeling out of our depth as students on our professional practice placements. It is not always easy to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but it sounds like Sadiya embraced the challenges, including travelling overseas and taking on a leadership role in the health information management student body. Another emerging health information management professional, Alexandra Van Gemert (2020), also shares her story of starting out in her health information management career, with a role in a regional New South Wales health service.

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Dear HIM-Interchange readersWelcome to the final issue for 2019. This issue will be published around the time of the 2019 Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)/National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) National Conference and I hope to see many of you at the conference in Sydney from 23 to 25 October 2019.

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Dear HIM-Interchange readers Welcome to issue two for 2019. I hope you all celebrated National Health Information Management Awareness Month in May. Perhaps you used some of the ideas in Gilder and Loggie's (2019) article on celebrating Health Information Management Awareness Week in your workplace. With 2019 being the 70th birthday of the professional association it is a good opportunity to get out there in our workplaces and promote ourselves and our skills.

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Letter from the Editor


Welcome to the first issue of 2019. This issue was put together soon after the 2018 Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA)/ National Centre for Classification in Health (NCCH) Conference, which was held in Hobart from 31 October to 2 November 2018. The conference theme was ‘Health Information Management: Engaging the Next Generation’ and the presentations and conversations certainly inspired us for this issue of HIM-Interchange.

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Welcome to the third issue of 2018. I have been reading with interest the articles and commentary following the commencement of the ‘opt out’ period for the My Health Record. Much of the commentary, in the major media outlets at least, has been very quiet on the benefits of the My Health Record, of which there are many. The Consumer Health Forum (2018) is one of a number of organisations and peak bodies that are trying to bring attention to the potential benefits, urging consumers to recognise the substantial value electronic medical record systems can bring to the Australian healthcare system. Our professional association, the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is another. HIMAA has released a joint statement along with the Health Informatics Society of Australia and the Australian College of Health Informatics (2018), endorsing the Australian and state and territory governments’ decision to implement an ‘opt out’ approach to the My Health Record.

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