Kristie Burge

Kristie is a first-year intern at Uniting. Her first rotation will be with the Children, Youth and Family Services Directorate for the Western Region. She has been working for the organisation for 18 months as a Co-Ordinator for a Child Protection Program.

Having spent 15 years in the mining industry in WA prior to making the change to Social Services in 2016, Kristie has a strong focus and desire on First Nations People’s Health and Wellbeing. She has recognised the need for further Health Support services, advocacy, and change and as such she has applied for the HMIP.

Kristie is currently completing a Bachelor of Social work while undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Health Management in 2022.

Lucy Roberts

Lucy is a 1st year Health Management Intern with Systems Performance Support. Her first rotation is with COVID-19 Care in the Community. Lucy has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Business (Management).

Lucy has had experience working as a Registered Nurse in both public and private settings. Along with her nursing experience Lucy has developed a range of skills from working in administrative positions.

A desire to return to work in health in a management role saw Lucy apply to be a part of the HMIP.  She hopes to learn the skills to be able to contribute to improving engagement across health systems.

Maleeha Altaf

Maleeha is a first-year intern placed at Odyssey House NSW, where her first rotation will be with the Executive Support Unit.

Maleeha is an overseas trained medical doctor with her main area of training and practice in general surgery. She has over five years’ experience working in diverse areas of clinical medicine ranging from academia, not for profit healthcare settings, as well as tertiary and primary care hospitals in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Her time in scrubs has strengthened her desire to drive change and improvement in the health sector. 

Outside of work she invests her time in her three kids and husband. She has a flare for dramatics and cooking as well and hopes to compete in MasterChef someday.  

Melissa Sinclair

Melissa is a 1st year intern placed with Mid North Coast Local Health District, her first rotation is with the Internal Audit Risk and Compliance Directorate.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing. With a passion for empowering and advocating for others through building knowledge and skill, Melissa has worked in roles supporting education and training over the past 7 years. Previous roles have included district positions focusing on Transformational Practice Development, clinical education & simulation and well as providing clinical care in rural, remote and regional healthcare settings. 

Melissa appreciates the immense opportunity the Health Management program offers and is looking forward to the practical application of knowledge acquired, experiencing the diverse directorates that support a Healthcare organisation to flourish as well as the mentorship of excelling senior leaders.

Melissa believes that elevating the human experience across all areas of the healthcare setting is essential in sustaining enhanced clinical and performance outcomes and hopes to contribute meaningfully in this space.

Outside of work, Melissa practices self-care on her hobby farm with her beloved horses and dogs.

Roya Kavoossi

Roya commenced her 1st-year Health Management Internship at Mid North Coast Local Health District, and her first rotation is at Research and Knowledge Translation (R&KTD) Directorate in Port Macquarie Health Campus. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran before migrating to Australia and is currently completing her Masters in Health Management.

Roya has worked clinically as a Senior Dental Assistant Manager at Sydney Dental Hospital for over a decade, where she was actively involved in human and animal research projects and teaching programs with the Head of Periodontic Discipline and Post Graduate Dental Students of Sydney University. In April 2021, Roya relocated to Port Macquarie to join MNCLHD Oral Health as a Senior Dental Assistant to supervise the Dental Assistant Teams in Hasting Macleay Network. 

Roya's passion for continuous learning and expanding her knowledge in leadership led her to apply for the HMIP, which will guide her to exceptional opportunities to enhance her management and leadership skills and work alongside highly professional health leaders in the district.

Outside work, Roya enjoys snorkelling, baking and having the company of Missy, her cat.

Sophie Conrade 

Sophie is a 1st year health management intern with the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. She is very excited to be working with the Aged Care Policy and Communications team in her first rotation.

Sophie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) and Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) and with Honours in the History and Philosophy of Science. After graduating she worked as an academic where her research focused particularly on public health. She has also spent time working as a Respiratory Technician.

Through her work and research, it became increasingly clear to her that she wanted a career in which she could tangibly see the impact of her actions. Sophie is grateful for the opportunity to take part in the HMIP as she believes this program will help nurture her managerial and leadership skills and to help her achieve her goal in having a positive impact on Australia’s health care system. Outside of work Sophie enjoys hiking, trail running and making sourdough bread.

Stephanie Kelly

Steph is a 1st year intern placed with eHealth NSW. Her first rotation is with the Office of the Chief Executive. Steph graduated with a double degree in Arts and Science (Monash), followed by a Master of Physiotherapy (USYD).

Steph has worked clinically as a physiotherapist across the both public and private hospital sector, and was driven to apply for the HMIP to improve patient outcomes and clinical efficiencies, particularly in the acute hospital setting. She hopes to develop a broader understanding of the healthcare landscape and learn from experienced health managers.

Outside of work, Steph enjoys spending time with family and friends (and her dog!) playing netball and reading.

Hannah Kenyon

Hannah is a 1st year intern at the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. Her first rotation will be with the office of the Chief Executive. Hannah has a Bachelor of Medical and Health Science from the University of Wollongong. For two years she worked as a Scientific Officer in Histology, primarily which focuses on cancer diagnosis.

During her time as a Scientific Officer, she became more passionate about health equity, particularly for those in rural and remote regions. Hannah hopes to observe all aspects of health systems and learn from all types of health leaders. She aspires to develop health management skills which will in the future, allow her to effect changes which will result in increased patient equity.

Hannah is an advocate for collaboration, empathy and integrity. She believes that she can learn something valuable from every person she interacts with and that empathy is a valuable tool which aids in collaboration. Outside of work she enjoys spending time in nature, mostly at the beach or bushwalking, and spending time with her family and friends.


Tegan Hinchey-Gerard

Tegan is a Malyangaapa/Ngyaampa woman who grew up and still lives in Far West NSW.  Tegan is a first year Intern working with Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation with her first rotation being in the  Corporate Services area of Maari Ma.  

Tegan has completed a Bachelor of Business, Masters of Management in Community Management and a  Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.  Tegan has worked for Aboriginal Affairs NSW,  Department of Premier and Cabinet for 12 years prior to coming across to Maari Ma in July last year.  

Tegan believes in the self determination of her people and believes Aboriginal people know best the needs of our communities therefore she wants to learn as much as she can about her new career in health and learn from other experienced health leaders.  Outside of work and study Tegan enjoys spending time with her family, friends and going to the gym.
 

Wen Tan Hong

Wen is a first-year intern placed with eHealth NSW, a government agency focused on delivering a digitally enabled healthcare system. His first rotation is in the Office of the Chief Executive. Wen holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Newcastle UK.

He has worked as a medical doctor in the UK in both the Emergency and Gastrointestinal departments. Since moving to Australia, he worked in a telehealth start-up and a primary health network. It is through these experiences that Wen developed a desire to improve patient outcomes on a larger scale, by improving health systems as a whole. He hopes that through this internship, he can learn the skills necessary to be an effective health leader.

Outside of work, Wen enjoys spending time in nature either bouldering or taking photos.