Mpilwenhle MP Mthunzi
Mpilwenhle, whose name means ‘good life’ in Zulu, is a 2nd Year Health Management Intern at the Department of Health and Human Services, Rural Health branch. He has a Bachelor of Nursing Studies (Mental Health) from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in England. As well as a Masters in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University, he is currently in the final stages of a doctorate degree in Public Health at La Trobe University. His area of research is on the strategies adopted by health service managers in managing multi-cultural teams.
An ardent fan of Arsenal Football Club in the English Premier League, Mpilwenhle lived in England prior to settling in Australia 4 years ago. He has a varied work experience in different mental health settings including forensic, acute admissions, child and adolescent, and learning disabilities, all amassed in England. Prior to joining the program, Mpilwenhle worked as an After Hours Manager at The Melbourne Clinic, and a casual lecturer in Health Sciences at La Trobe University.
Mpilwenhle says he applied to the program because the allure of the invaluable exposure to the broader operations of the healthcare service which the program affords could not be spurned. It is one of the few jobs that give one the opportunity to stick many fingers in different pies before settling for a particular one. Which pie will be chosen at the end of the internship remains to be seen, for now though all will be thoroughly enjoyed!