Second round applications for 2023 are now open and close Sunday 4 September 2022 at 11.59pm AEST

Lucy Bertino

Lucy is a final year ACHSM intern. She started the program in 2021, spending her first placement with the Quality, Safety and Improvement Division at Barwon Health. This was followed by a placement at Western Health where she supported go live for a new home-based program and contributed to an organisation wide cancer service plan. Lucy’s first placement for 2022 is at Mercy Health in Operations.

Prior to joining the internship Lucy worked clinically in public hospitals in Victoria and Queensland as a Speech Pathologist. She has also worked in digital health as a change coordinator for the roll out of the Electronic Medical Record.

Joining the internship for the opportunity to broaden her understanding of the healthcare system at a strategic and operational level; Lucy aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to be an effective leader in the exciting healthcare sector. Her favourite part of the internship has been engaging collaboratively to implement initiatives which have a tangible impact on patient experience and outcomes.

Annie Makar

Annie commenced the Health Management Internship Program in 2021. She is currently in her second year of the internship, completing a placement at the Victorian Department of Health within the System Reform and Planning Division.

 She completed her first placement with West Gippsland Healthcare Group, working closely with the Quality & Safety Unit. Annie also completed a placement with Barwon Health across the Strategy & Planning Division and the Public Health Unit. Here, she contributed to the public health response during Victoria’s third wave of COVID-19 and led two major change management projects to improve service delivery and efficiency.

Annie is currently studying a Master of Health Service Management at Griffith University and holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Deakin University. Before joining the program, Annie worked as a Respiratory Scientist at multiple tertiary hospitals in Melbourne, most recently at The Alfred Hospital. She has co-authored three published scientific papers and has participated in multiple volunteer programs in developing countries and within Australia.

Throughout the program, Annie endeavours to enhance her leadership and management skills and become an influential, passionate, and innovative leader. She has a specific interest in understanding and immersing herself in the complexities of strategic planning, policy, project management and change management across the healthcare field. She hopes to use these skills to improve health outcomes for all Victorians and increase accessibility to appropriate healthcare through sustainable and effective measures.

Michelle Middleton

Michelle joined the internship program in 2021. Her current placement is at Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), and previously at West Gippsland Healthcare Group, and the Department of Health.

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’ experience as a dentist in the UK and Australia. She has worked in the National Health Service (NHS), hospital, private practice and community practice settings.

Michelle is also certified in the disciplines of business analytics and economics, and is working towards her Masters of Health Management with Griffith University, and certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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

Harry Thorn

Harrison joined the program in 2021 and his current placement is at Alfred Health, working as part of the Digital Health team. He has completed previous placements at Barwon Health in Strategy and Planning, and in the North East Metro team of the Department of Health.

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 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, influencing systems and solving problems.  He is particularly interested in how the improvements made from a policy and strategic perspective can have impacts on the care people receive on a daily basis.