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HIMAAQ Branch held its annual End of Year Celebration on Friday 19 November, which was earlier than usual, but why not kick off the festive season early! The event was proudly sponsored by TIMG and hosted at the Treasury Brisbane, providing the event with heritage old-world charm. It was a sell-out event with 60 guests registered to attend. Our end of year event celebrates 3 things in addition to the festive season – the HIMAAQ Mentoring Program closure, the new QUT Bachelor of Health Information Management graduates and recognises our HIMAA Qld Branch Award winners.
Mentoring Program participants were presented with their certificates of participation for the mentees and certificates of appreciation for the mentors, and were also provided with their program badges. Mentors were also provided with a small gift as a token of thanks for volunteering their time to providing advice and guidance to our student HIMs. While this is the official closure of the 2023 Mentoring Program, we do encourage mentoring relationships to continue long into the future. This is the 3rd year running of the Mentoring Program and we have every intention of continuing this into the future given its success, so look out for those EOIs to become a mentor in the new year. We have had interest from other state branches looking to also set up their own mentoring programs and it would be wonderful to have a national approach eventually.
Nine QUT HIM students who either graduated mid-year or are about to graduate at the end of the year were in attendance on the night. HIMAAQ was proud to warmly welcome the new HIM graduates into the profession and celebrate their success among colleagues. In the spirit of mentoring, I did put them on the spot by giving them a chance to introduce themselves to the room and they handled it brilliantly! As a HIM, you never know when you’ll be asked to give an impromptu presentation to a large audience!
Finally, we recognised the HIMAAQ Branch Award winners who were celebrated at the Joint 20th IFHIMA Congress and 40th HIMAA Conference. Our Qld Student of the Year was Ainsley Johnson and our Qld Branch Practitioner of the Year was Maryann Wood. Congratulations to both winners who were so deserving of the award that the HIMAA Board concurred and awarded both Ainsley and Maryann with the National awards as well!
Of course, we also held the raffle which had some wonderful prizes on offer including an iPad Mini and a bottle of champagne (both courtesy of TIMG), a $100 movie gift card, a bottle of red wine and a HIMAA prize pack which included The Australian Dictionary of Clinical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols, a HIMAA branded water bottle and reusable coffee cup. TIMG also very kindly sponsored the winners of the iPad Mini and champagne with a full year HIMAA membership.
All in all, it was a fabulous night and a perfect way to close out 2023. A big thank you to Wisdom Luu for capturing photos of the event. HIMAA Qld has had a busy but successful year hosting multiple networking opportunities and a professional development day, as well as working in the background strategically towards strengthening of the profession more broadly. We are already working on our goals, priorities and events for 2024, so there is a lot to look forward to in the new year!
On behalf of the entire HIMAA Qld Branch Committee, I wish to thank all our sponsors this year as without their support, events would just not be possible. I’d also like to thank all our members for supporting the HIMAAQ Branch and attending our events. Finally, on a personal note, a huge thank you to the HIMAAQ Branch – Gemma van Fleet, Rachel Thursfield, Tammy Kang, Janelle Christou, Emma Parras, Alisha Lucas, Hiep Luu, Kathleen Rogers, Anita Forrester, Stephanie Olin, Munique Seidel and Aidan Lawson – for volunteering their time to better the profession. Wishing you all a safe and festive season ahead!