Face-to-face in a remote world: a different perspective


Completing a final year professional practice placement in 2020 was an experience that was out of the ordinary. Due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, most students were introduced to the idea of remote placements. Essentially, remote placements involved a ‘working from home’ approach, which was different from face-to-face placement in previous years. This was made possible as agencies were able to provide internal data, support and information access to health information management students using health information technology (HIT) and communication tools. I was one of the few students who were fortunate enough to complete their fourth year professional placement face-to-face, over a course of eleven weeks at Bass Coast Health (BCH), Wonthaggi Hospital, Victoria.

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