Annie Makar

Annie commenced the Health Management Internship Program in 2021. She is currently completing her first placement at West Gippsland Hospital within the Learning and Development Division.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Deakin University. She is currently studying a Master of Health Service Management at Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Public Health at The University of Sydney.

Prior to joining the program, Annie worked as a Certified Respiratory Function Scientist at multiple tertiary hospitals in Melbourne, most recently at Alfred Health. She held a research assistant position on a large-scale rural project, examining respiratory health outcomes following a mine-fire. Subsequently, co-authoring an article published in the Journal of Asthma in 2020. After participating in multiple volunteer programs, Annie has further experienced healthcare systems in developing countries and Australia.

Throughout the program, Annie endeavours to enhance her leadership and management skills and become an influential, passionate, and innovative healthcare leader. She has a specific interest in understanding and immersing herself in the complexities of health service delivery. She hopes to use these skills to improve health outcomes, accessibility to healthcare and patient care for all.

Harrison Thorn

Harrison joined the program in 2021 and his first placement is at Barwon Health, working as part of the Strategy and Planning team.

Harrison holds a Master of Physiotherapy Practice from LaTrobe University and a Bachelor of Science (Human Structure and Function) from Melbourne University. Prior to joining the program, Harrison has spent the past three years working as a Physiotherapist in aged care helping residents stay safe, keep moving and putting smiles on their faces.

Harrison joined the program to build upon his clinical experiences as a student and healthcare professional, and gain the non-clinical skills and experiences necessary to work in affect the health care system on a big picture level. He enjoys looking at how things work and why they work, and has a passion for being able to influence systems to make not only the roles of healthcare professionals simpler and easier but simultaneously improving outcomes for those receiving care. He is particularly interested in the influence that business has in the application of healthcare, and how the improvements made from a policy and strategic perspective can have impacts on the care people receive on a daily basis. He also loves working with people, especially motivating and helping them to provide excellent care and work as part of a team. 

Harrison is married to his lovely wife, Heather, and when he isn’t working they love eating French fries and watching crime shows.

Lucy Bertino

Lucy joined the Health Management Internship Program (HMIP) in 2021. Her first placement is at Barwon Health, Quality and Safety Division.

Lucy has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University. She is currently completing a Master of Health Management via the University of New England.

Prior to joining the program, Lucy worked as a Speech Pathologist in public health in tertiary hospitals within Victoria and Queensland. Lucy has also worked in digital health as a change coordinator for the implementation of the Integrated electronic medical record (IeMR) within Queensland Health.

Lucy joined the internship program for the opportunity to broaden her understanding of the healthcare system at a strategic and an operational level. She is motivated to gain practical experience in policy development, strategic planning and project management. She aims to develop desired management skills and leadership qualities to be an effective leader within the exciting health sector, particularly through times of change.  

Lucy is passionate about the provision and accessibility of high quality health care for all individuals and communities, particularly older adults and people living in regional Australia. She also wants to positively contribute to the workplace experience of healthcare professionals.

Michelle Middleton

Michelle joined the internship program in 2021. Her current placement is at the Department of Health, Rural and Regional Health, Commissioning and System Improvement Division.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) with honours and distinction in clinical dentistry from the University of Birmingham (UK) and has over eight years’ demonstrated experience as a dentist across multiple sectors, in both the UK and Australia. 

Michelle is also certified in the disciplines of business analytics and is currently working towards a BSc in Economics with The London School of Economics and Political Science, in addition to her Masters of Health Management with Griffith University as part of the program.

With experience in policy writing, research, business process improvement, change, and project management, Michelle is excited to join a program that will enable her to accelerate her career path into this arena and the broader healthcare management sector. 

Michelle hopes to apply her passion for data science, analytics, economics, change management, and process improvement, to the healthcare sector to deliver an enhanced lifecycle customer experience.  

Siobhan Moore

Siobhan joined the Health Management Internship Program in 2021, and her first placement has been at Western Health in the Division of Perioperative & Critical Care.

Siobhan has a bachelor of Nursing from the Australian Catholic University, a Postgraduate Certificate of Critical Care, a Diploma of Tropical Nursing and a Master of Public Health form the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Siobhan has worked clinically as an emergency nurse in a tertiary hospital in Melbourne, and as a coordinator of care at a global medical assistance company, International SOS.

Throughout the program, Siobhan hopes to gain practical experience in public health, operations, project management, policy and strategy. She has seen the challenges of frontline work, helping individual patients in her role as a clinician, and looks forward to the opportunity to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the wider community.