In October 2015, a few months before my graduation from La Trobe University, I became the successful applicant for the Health Information Manager (HIM) position at South West Healthcare (SWH) Warrnambool in regional south-west Victoria. The primary focus of the role was as Freedom of Information (FOI) Manager and HIM-Clinical Coder (HIM-CC). The eight HIMs and one CC who service the network are primarily based at the Warrnambool Base Hospital, the largest of SWH’s four campuses. One of the HIMs is contracted to the other three SWH campuses, with the guidance of the two senior HIMs. I will now take you on my personal journey and share my perspective as a new graduate, from the job application process to the end of my health information management graduate year. I hope my experiences will inform future graduates and their employers.
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