As the pandemic has progressed over the last year, information has been pivotal in the public health interventions we have all seen and experienced across the country. The QR codes in shops and cafes, vaccination information, positive cases and all manner of information that is being collected, analysed and distributed in managing this pandemic has required a workforce to ensure the veracity of information. Truth in what is being communicated is important to enable confidence in our communities, particularly during a pandemic where collective action is required to prevent the spread.
In an age where traditional media is no longer the primary source of information where standards of “fact checking” before distribution are applied, people consume information that may or may not be true; for example the internet and social media. This has allowed conspiracy theorists to propagate and their followers to work against the public health message from governments.
As health information management professionals we have a duty to ensure the health data and information that we work with are documented and handled to the appropriate standards and best practices. Although we’re may not be on the frontline, many of us work with health information that ends up informing public health interventions. We can take pride that the work we do affects the lives of people in our communities.
Finally, I received the resignation from Kathleen Rogers as Queensland Branch Convenor. Initially, I was disappointed but understand that her work commitments have increased recently. HIMAA relies on our volunteers to support our collective efforts, which we greatly appreciate. At times other commitments take priority, which is fine. Kathleen has been a fantastic leader for the Queensland Branch during her tenure which has included spearheading Brisbane as the host location for the next IFHIMA Congress. She will continue to contribute to the Conference and Events Committee.
Onwards and upwards!