HMIP NSW 2nd year interns

Ashleigh Kunze

Ashleigh Kunze

Ashleigh is a 2nd year Management Intern at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. During her first year, Ashleigh completed rotations in District Workforce Services, District Finance and general operations at St George Hospital. Currently Ashleigh is working in the Office of the Chief Executive.

Ashleigh completed a Bachelor of Public Health and post graduate studies at the University of Wollongong before beginning the Program. During her university life she has worked in community pharmacy, as well as various administrative roles.

She applied to the Program for an opportunity to gain exposure to the diversity and scope of the health system and hopes to be a part of making a positive change to the health care system, especially from a preventative perspective.

In her spare time, Ashleigh enjoys playing and watching soccer/football, supporting Liverpool FC in the EPL.

Audrey Lazaris

Audrey is a 2nd year intern at Royal North Shore Hospital, working in the directorates of Operations and Medical Services. She completed her first year of the program at Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in 2015, where she completed rotations within Strategic Development and Performance, Custodial Health, Drug & Alcohol and Research & Evaluation.

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Neuroscience and has previously worked in the disability sector. She applied for the HMIP for the opportunity to gain an insight into the healthcare sector and the possible career paths within health management. Audrey is passionate about innovation within the mental health system and is motivated by a desire to improve access to mental health treatment across Australia.

In her spare time, Audrey is involved in Future Health Leaders Inc., where she sits on the National Council as a General Member, hoping to encourage collaboration between young health professionals.

Briege Eva

Briege Eva

Briege Eva is a 2nd Year Management Intern at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, currently working on the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition.

A critical care nurse by background with an interest in global public health, Briege joined the ACHSM Program to further develop her project management skills and to gain experience in health systems management. The program led to an international placement with the World Health Organization in the Division of Health Systems and various developmental opportunities within the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Briege looks forward to her second year on the program and continuing her career progression in health service management.

Caitlin Hazell

Caitlin is a 2nd Year Management Intern who commenced the program in 2015. Her current placement is in Human Resources at Cumberland Hospital at joined Western Sydney Health District.

Caitlin has completed her Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Canberra and is currently working towards completing her Masters in Health Administration. Her aim over the next two years to develop expertise within the health care industry and prepare herself to become a successful health manager.

Prior to the Program she was working at Westmead Hospital in the Pathology Department (ICPMR) where she applied for the Health Management Internship program after realising she wanted to make a difference to the health system on a larger scale.

Christopher Matthey

Christopher Matthey

Christopher is a 2nd Year Management Intern who commenced the Program in 2015. His current placement is with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District at the Royal Hospital for Women.

Christopher has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and recently commenced a Master of Public Policy before joining the Program. Prior to the Program, Christopher was employed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Christopher saw the Program as the perfect way to apply and develop his economics training within the health system, with his ultimate goal to work in health policy development.

Crystal Burgess

Crystal is a 2nd Year Management Intern placed at the Bureau of Health Information, developing operational skills in the health system through acting in a business management role. This placement complements the strategic and analytical experience gained in her first year placement with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Crystal holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management and Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science, having previously worked as a nuclear medicine technologist at Prince of Wales Hospital. She is also an Intern representative on the ACHSM NSW Branch Council, enabling the HMIP cohort to connect with, and learn from, Branch Council members.

Crystal applied to the program to gain broader experience and understanding of the health system, and has subsequently developed an interest in the use of technology to support effective health systems. In future, Crystal would like to continue working in this area with a view to furthering the integration of health care through improved information systems.

Outside of work, Crystal is enjoys trying out new baking recipes and is an avid spectator of the Sydney Roller Derby League.

Jessica Drysdale

Jessica Drysdale

Jessica is a 2nd Year Management Intern who commenced the Program in 2015. Her current placement is within the change management team at Health Infrastructure. This has been a great transition from her first year within the NSW Health Pillar, The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

Jessica completed her Bachelor in Occupational Therapy, and her Masters in Physiotherapy and Health Policy, previously working as a physiotherapist at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.

Initially applying to the HMIP to increase her understanding of the processes and systems driving the health care system, she saw it as a challenging opportunity to transition from clinician to health manager. The program has, thus far, enabled her to develop a broader set of skills and capabilities as a manager and has provided various opportunities to be exposed to current leaders in the system. 

Jessica, whilst uncertain of exactly where she sees herself within management, has developed a keen interest in innovation and change management and would like to be involved in the ongoing change of health care systems and their delivery to achieve better patient outcomes.

Jith Perera

Jith is a 2nd Year Intern who commenced the program in 2015 within the Clinical Governance Unit at Western Sydney LHD. He is subsequently serving a twelve month placement working to implement a new target operating model for Information Technology Services.

Jith completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Auckland, graduating in 2012. Jith also spent a year in Medical College and as such has a profound appreciation for both the clinical and research aspects of Medicine. Previous to the Health Management Internship Program, Jith worked for the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand followed by AMP Ltd in Sydney.

The Program appealed to him as it’s a structured pathway for committed, high-potential individuals to develop their leadership and management skills. Jith sees himself as a natural leader and wishes to build a career in operations. Working within the public health sector allows Jith to shape his career while positively contributing to the community.

When not at work, Jith is an avid alpinist and pursues it as a professional hobby. An Old Boy of Auckland Grammar School, he grew up in the shadow of great explorers such as Sir Edmund Hillary. Jith lived in Nepal for a year and has experience as a guide back in New Zealand; he was the Chief Guide for the Massey University Alpine Club. Jith’s aspiration is to become a superlative alpinist and to climb the most daunting of mountains. The great Himalayan peaks are definitely on his bucket list.

Nina Klug

Nina is a 1st Year Management Intern who commenced the HMIP in 2015 at the ABF Taskforce. She is currently placed within the Workstreams Team and will be working closely with Local Health Districts (LHDs) and the Non-Admitted Mental Health Workstream to help LHDs transition to aspects of Activity Based Management (ABM).

Nina has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Business from the APM College of Business and Communication. She has had a varied work history in specialised recruitment, organisational development and medical administration both in Sydney and in Nepal.

She applied for the HMIP because she felt that it combined her passion for healthcare with her skills in organisation and management and she hoped to be a part of making positive changes in the healthcare system.

After the HMIP, Nina hopes to continue into a health management position in a dynamic organisation which challenges her to continually develop her skills but also where she would be able to affect constructive changes to the many facets of health service delivery. 

In her spare time Nina likes to travel, read, swim and try out new places to eat.

Sue Chan

Sue is a 2nd Year Management Intern who commenced the Program in 2015 at Western Sydney Local Health District. She is currently placed in Mental Health and has had previous placements within Human Resources, Finance - LHD Revenue, and also at the Executive Unit on project in Cancer Services.

Sue is a registered Solicitor with a Graduate Dip in Legal Practice, a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts. She has experience in Civil Litigation, Family and Immigration Law and previously worked for NSW Health Care Interpreter Service.

Sue applied for the Program as it offers professional development, networking opportunities and a broad experience in Health Management. With her legal and business background, she aspires to apply legal and management principles to make a difference in the delivery of healthcare.

Sue has a love for travelling, performing arts and sharing a good laugh with friends.

William Hackworth

Wil is a 2nd Year Management Intern who commenced the Program in 2015. His current placement is with St Vincent’s Health Network where he is based at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre managing the coordination and implementation of the 2015 – 2020 Sydney Campus Cancer Plan. Wil spent last year with NSW Ambulance which included placements with L&D, Service Delivery and the Chief Executive office. His main role over the year was a project manager position working towards a new management model for the metropolitan area of the service.

Wil has a Bachelor of Physics with Medical Applications (Hons) which was completed at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Following completion of this degree Wil spent over five years working as a Dosimetrist (Radiotherapy Treatment Planning) in various hospitals in England. In 2011 Wil moved to Melbourne to work in a more senior position as a Medical Physicist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and from there joined the program in NSW.

Having worked in a number of different hospitals Wil became increasingly interested in hospital operations management and see’s the HMIP as a fast track to moving in to this space. Passionate about health management within Oncology, Wil hopes to continue on this path following the program in 2017.

Wil is an Intern representative on the ACHSM NSW Branch Council, enabling the HMIP cohort to connect with, and learn from, Branch Council members.