Kristie is a 2nd year intern at Uniting NSW/ACT based in Dubbo. Kristie has undertaken several rotations over the past year including Talent Acquisition, Customer, People & Systems and Strategy, Risk & Governance. One of the biggest highlights and challenges in the first year was that Kristie was placed in the Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement Unit who developed and designed the First Nation 10-year Strategy for Uniting. She will be involved with the implantation of the Strategy that has that has recently been endorsed by Executives and the Board.
During the first year of her internship, she has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management and has been an integral member of First Nations Strategy and Outcome Unit. Kristie is currently placed in the Social Impact and Advocacy Directorate working with the Research and Policy Team.
The past year has seen Kristie’s knowledge and development grow and her desire to support First Nation Peoples has never wavered. She continues her journey with a strong focus on research, advocacy and innovation.
Lucy is a 2nd year Health Management Intern with NSW Ambulance with a first rotation within Staff Health. Her first year was spent with the Ministry of Health in Systems Performance Support. 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 is a 2nd-year intern placed at Agency for Clinical Innovation where her first rotation is with PRISM (Preserving and Restoring Interventions in Surgery and Medicine).
By background, Maleeha is an overseas-trained medical doctor with her main area of training and practice in general surgery. She has over five years of experience working in diverse areas of clinical medicine including academia, not-for-profit healthcare settings, as well as Surgical floors of tertiary and primary care hospitals in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery M.B.B.S, a bachelor in English linguistics, and is currently completing Masters of Health Services Management from Griffith University.
She has always been dedicated to striving for better health outcomes and patient satisfaction. Her time in Scrubs has further strengthened her desire to drive change and improvement in the health sector.
Her first-year HMIP placement was at Odyssey House NSW where she rotated through the Executive Support Unit, Risk, Quality, and Programs Department. The highlights of her first year of training were speaking at the panel for the International Women’s Day webinar, contributing to the key policy documents, and co-leading projects like the Consumer Advisory Council and student placements project mapping.
Outside of work, Maleeha enjoys the adventures of being a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and occasionally a volunteer doctor.
Melissa is a 2nd year intern placed with Mid North Coast Local Health District.
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 is a 2nd year intern at the Mid North Coast Local Health District.
Roya has completed rotations within the directorates: Research and Knowledge Translation, Integrated Care, Allied Health and Community Services, Nursing and Midwifery, People and Culture, and Community Mental Health.
Roya completed a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from University of Shahid Beheshti in Iran. After graduating, she migrated to Australia, passionate about transitioning into a career in healthcare, she joined Sydney LHD where she worked for 13 years as a Senior Dental Nurse whilst leading various teams in a multidisciplinary environment. Roya joined the Oral Health Team at Mid North Coast LHD in 2021, and soon after, Roya’s passion for continuous learning and education led her to apply for the HMIP program to further enhance her knowledge and understanding in leadership by learning from the industry leaders within the public healthcare organisation. Roya completed her Masters in Health Management and Leadership in Oct 2022.
Roya strongly believes in the NSW Health's CORE values of collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment that are fundamental for maintaining a positive workplace culture.
Sophie is a 2nd year health management intern with the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA). During her first year, Sophie leant from an incredible and experienced management team, and has had the opportunity to work across the Aged Care Policy and Communications, and the Aged Care Costing Teams. She has assisted the agency in its expansion and transition towards providing advice to the Commonwealth on the new funding model for aged care and looks forward to learning from the Hospital Policy team in her second year.
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.
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 build her confidence in dealing with complex health and aged care issues. Outside of work Sophie enjoys hiking, trail running and spending time with her family and friends.
Steph is in her 2nd year of the HMIP program. She was driven to apply to the program to improve patient and staff experience, along with optimizing health outcomes. She has completed a rotation in the Office of the Chief Executive/Chief Information Officer where she worked in a range of areas including consumer engagement, partnering with schools, policy and communications. She has since rotated to the Strategy team, working on developing NSW health wide digital strategy.
Prior to the HMIP, Steph completed double degree in Arts and Science (Monash), followed by a Master of Physiotherapy (USYD). Following her studies, she worked clinically as a physiotherapist across the both public and private hospital sector.
Steph has valued her experience and exposure to different areas of eHealth so far, particularly developing her knowledge in the field of digital health, and is looking forward to her second year of the program. Outside of work, Steph enjoys spending time with family and friends (and her dog!), running & reading.
Hannah is a 2nd year intern working in the Family and Carer Consultant role within the Mental Health Directorate at the Central Coast Local Health District. During Hannah’s first year at Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Hannah contributed to the pathology review project, Organisational Model of Care and was involved in developing the Reconciliation Plan for 2023.
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.
Wen is a second-year intern currently placed with eHealth NSW, a government agency dedicated to advancing healthcare through digital innovation. His first rotation was in the Office of the Chief Executive, and he is currently working in the Clinical Engagement Patient Safety directorate. Wen holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Newcastle UK, as well as a Masters in Health Leadership and Management and a Masters in Global Health from UNSW.
Prior to joining eHealth NSW, Wen worked as a medical doctor in the UK, gaining valuable experience in both the Emergency and Gastrointestinal departments. After moving to Australia, he worked in a telehealth start-up and a primary health network, which sparked his interest in improving patient outcomes on a larger scale by enhancing health systems. Wen hopes that this internship will provide him with the skills necessary to become an effective health leader.
Outside of work, Wen enjoys immersing himself in nature through bouldering and photography.
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