My interest in medical record administration began with a conversation with my school librarian, whose niece was at that time a medical records officer at Canberra Hospital. This initial introduction to the profession lead to a tour of the Medical Record Department at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, followed by an interview in 1976 before a panel which included Betty James, Phyllis Watson, Joyce Wilson and Rosemary Roberts. These early beginnings have culminated in a challenging and interesting career path in Sydney, London, Cardiff and the Hunter Area in NSW. In 1977 I graduated in the Associate Diploma in Medical Record Administration at Cumberland College of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. The course included lectures at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and involved many clinical placements where we gained practical experience in hospitals, community health centres, the Glebe Coroner's Court, the Department of Health, rural hospital medical record departments, psychiatric hospitals, Magistrate hearings and commercial organisations.