Student health information manager Annabel Platt turned her clinical placement into a full-time career before she’d even completed her final uni assignments
Annabel works at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH)– but while she’d always planned for a career as a doctor or nurse, she found she wasn’t cut out for the daily medical tasks. “I discovered I have quite a weak stomach when it comes to needles and blood!” she says.
Her aunt pointed her to an alternative: health information management. As a health information manager (HIM) at the hospital, Annabel works with patient information and clinical data. “The main aspects of my job are to maintain data quality, transparently report on healthcare services and engage with clinical staff to streamline internal processes,” she says.
While studying for her Bachelor of Health Information Management at QUT, she had the opportunity to sharpen her skills and put her degree into practice during an industry placement. QUT partners with industry and the community to provide students with opportunities to learn through work, internships, professional placements and industry projects. Before she even had a chance to dust off her graduation gown, Annabel had landed a sweet gig at the hospital as a senior health information manager.
“Securing a job prior to graduating felt very surreal. I felt very proud of myself for the hard work I had put in over the past three years and grateful for QUT for allowing me to succeed in my career.”
Make your place
Placement is also a great opportunity to get to know people who work in your industry. Annabel recommends jumping on the opportunity to ask for advice or to start a conversation about possible job prospects. “Never underestimate the importance of industry connections,” she says.
Annabel says the placement really helped her to make the most of what she studied in her degree. “It felt like the culmination of all my learning over the years was solidified.”
It’s also set her on the path to achieving her career aspirations. Annabel’s 2022 career goal is to become a permanent senior health information manager at RBWH, but her ultimate dream is to one day be a director of health information services. “I would love the opportunity to work in a leadership role,” she says.
Annabel’s study and career path
- Bachelor of Health Information Management, QUT
- Senior Health Information Manager, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Author: Gemma Conroy
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