Career kick-start for future leaders

Welcome to our new health management trainees (L-R) Kayla Blanksby, John Dillon, Emily Meharg, Grace Navin, Joana Andre Garrido and Christopher Reece

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has welcomed seven management trainees who are set to learn the ropes of health management over the next two years.

The program will develop and train the aspiring health leaders who are employed on a temporary full-time basis whilst undertaking a Master’s Degree through the University of New England.

New intern John Dillon said he was looking forward to learning as much as he can about the health system in Western Sydney.

“Our first year is about observing and understanding the organisation on a strategic level and learning the business of health,” John said.

“We will learn how to write briefs and business cases, minute-taking and working with senior management.

“I grew up in Western Sydney so the health of community in this region is a great passion of mine.

“I saw gaps from a consumer point of view, and as a health service manager I wish to deliver broad-scale health and clinical operational leadership to health outcomes through managing projects, operations and teams of which will achieve this”.

At the end of the program, graduates will be given the opportunity to express their interest in available 12-month placements.

Luke Felicetti, who joined the program in 2011, is proof that the program is a successful career launching pad.

Luke Felicetti has climbed the ranks in his career since joining the management program in 2011.

Luke is currently the acting executive director of WSLHD Integrated and Community Health.

“This program gave me an opportunity to fast track my career in health management,” Luke said.

“Through exposure to a number of senior leaders, I shaped my management skills and approach based on what I observed to be the most effective and aspirational.  

“The invaluable networks and relationships you develop through this program are lifelong.”

WSLHD executive director of operations Robynne Cooke welcomed the new wave of trainees.

“We’ve seen trainees from this program go on to build a rewarding career,” Robynne said.

“The program is designed to empower and help our enthusiastic trainees succeed as a leader in our complex and diverse health system.

“I wish the trainees all the very best, I look forward to showing them everything they need to know about our health district.”

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