"I started working at the Health Centre as a trainee. When I finished school I got my Certificate III in Administration through TAFE, and then after that there was a job that popped up at the hospital for Medical Records Officer.
My name is Elsie Seriat and I’m currently acting as a supervisor in the Medical Records Department at Thursday Island Hospital.
Our job is to look after all the records for our patients in the whole of Torres Strait. All of the patients' clinical notes, their admissions, medication, if they’re allergic to anything, their treatment with the doctors; it’s their history, their history of life.
It involves us working a lot with patients, the nursing staff and the doctors. To work in my job you’d need to have good personal skills, good communication skills and you’d need to be good at the computer, knowing your programs and stuff.
Last year, I had the opportunity to travel and visit all the outer islands to assist the administration staff on how to file the medical records, how to do culling and archiving and keep the records up to date. That was good for me because I’ve never been to some of the outer islands, even though I’ve been born and bred here.
I think our area is the backbone of the hospital because the doctors and nurses wouldn’t be able to do their jobs without the information that we put together for them."
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