Paving the way of an untraditional Health Information Manager during COVID-19


I have always thought of myself as an untraditional Health Information Manager (HIM). At the beginning of my career, straight out of placement, I worked in private health insurance. Working as a claims analyst and auditor, my role consisted of using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification and Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) codes to substantiate and verify the claims based on the admission.

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Getting to know the new Health Information Management Association of Australia Chief Executive Officer


In November 2020 the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jae Redden. Jae comes to HIMAA with a strong background in publishing and with membership organisations. In her first month in the new role she made time to get to know and understand the HIMAA committees and interest groups, providing members of those committees and groups with an opportunity to get to know Jae. The HIM-Interchange (HIM-I) Sub-committee posed some questions for Jae so that members could get to know Jae further as well as provide an opportunity to understand what attracted her to the HIMAA CEO role.

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Farewell Stella Rowlands


Stella Rowlands has been a member of the HIM-Interchange (HIM-I) Sub-committee since its inception in July 2015 and we are sad to report that she has recently retired from the role of secretary and from the sub-committee.  Before she got away, I managed to get some parting words of wisdom. Read on to hear from Stella herself about her journey with the journal and her thoughts about the future of the journal and the profession.

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Where on earth is Tuvalu? My year as a Health Information Manager in a developing country


What does an experienced Health Information Manager (HIM) do when they leave the Victorian public health sector after thirty years? I packed up my knowledge and suitcase and relocated to Tuvalu, one of the smallest and least visited countries in the world, to work for 12 months as a volunteer HIM with Australian Volunteers International, an aid program funded by the Australian Government.

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The many roles of a remote Health Information Manager


Twenty-five years ago I moved to Alice Springs. Like many who have moved to‘The Alice’ I thought I would be in town for one or two years at most, then move on to bigger and better things. Instead I find myself working in an environment that continues to offer a wide range of professional experiences and challenges for a Health Information Manager (HIM).

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Health Information Manager opportunities in the digital transformation of the aged care sector


Back in the late 1980s I began my health information management career in the public aged care sector. After several years working in various health information management, information technology and project management roles in acute health, I have recently returned to the not-for-profit aged care sector at an exciting time, where the skills of a Health Information Manager (HIM) can contribute to supporting safe and effective care as technology develops into a key component of clinical practice.

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Health information management student placements: the supervisor perspective


Student practical placements, or work integrated learning experiences, are an important component of any degree as it is an opportunity for the student to assimilate the theory and knowledge they have gained during the degree in a workplace setting. It is also an opportunity for the student to practice and further develop their skills and knowledge in a safe environment, with the aim to ultimately produce work ready health information management graduates. Students have an opportunity to engage with Health Information Managers (HIMs) through placement activities including health information management tasks, work shadowing, projects and clinical classification, allowing the student to begin to develop their own HIM network.

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Reflection on health information management postgraduate studies


I am a postgraduate student in the Master of Advanced Health Service Management (majoring in health information management) at the University of Technology Sydney. I am also a mother with two school-aged children. Returning to university 15 years after graduating is a significant challenge for me. It is an extraordinary journey with difficulties and achievements.

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Final year placement in a traditional Health Information Manager role – what I have learnt


Final year placement is an opportunity to build upon interpersonal and industry-specific skills, develop networks and advance your professional profile to the health information management world. You are required to develop your professional maturity, practice effective communication skills, and present unique thinking to achieve desirable outcomes. Final year placement is the culmination of your student life, where everything you have learnt in lectures and workshops comes to fruition in the workplace environment.

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Experience of a Health Information Managers professional work placement


My name is Dusty Ellen and I am a Health Information Manager (HIM) from Perth, Western Australia (WA). As a HIM, I have been educated in a broad range of topics throughout my university and career experiences. The variety of skills and knowledge I have attained enable my flexibility and ability to efficiently apply myself to complete a myriad of projects and has facilitated my capability to action changes within the workplace. My confidence in my abilities allows me to accept unfamiliar tasks, as I understand that I can apply my research and problem-solving skills, in order to accomplish organisational tasks.

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