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communicated to members, reminded me that I have lived through, and experienced many of these changes over the past 60 years! During this time, I have been kept informed, not only on how health information is collected, recorded, processed and managed, but also on other developments in health information management, as well as many other topical issues. Although I have been able to attend national conferences, Branch meetings, and professional development activities, the major continuous and reliable means of communication for me, however has been via our journals. Communicating with our members in this form, started with a very simple newsletter in 1971, which was upgraded to the Australian Medical Record Journal in 1975. A major step forward occurred in 1987 with the establishment of the first editorial board. From this beginning we now have two renowned refereed journals, the Health Information Management Journal (HIMJ) the research arm of the profession, and Health Information Management Interchange (HIM-I) the professional practice journal. Both have had, and continue to have, an important role in communicating with members. Both are important in their own right.

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