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

Lucy Bertino

Lucy commenced the Health Management Internship Program in 2021. She is currently completing her final placement at the Victorian Department of Health within the System Reform and Planning Branch. Prior to this, Lucy completed a placement in operations with Mercy Health Services, working closely with the executive team during the Victorian code brown. Here she co-led a transformational change project, standing up a centralised recruitment unit at pace.

Lucy has also previously completed a placement with Barwon Health in the Strategy & Planning Division, supporting enterprise risk management and corporate governance activities. Following this, she completed a placement with Western Health in the Aged, Cancer and Continuing Care Division where she supported service development and implementation for a new home-based model of care, and collaboratively led initial phases of development for a data driven and consumer focused cancer service plan. 

Lucy is currently studying a Master of Health Service Management at Griffith University. She holds a Masters of Speech Pathology and has worked clinically in tertiary hospitals across Melbourne and Queensland for ten years. She has also worked in digital health as a change coordinator for implementation of an Electronic Medical Record. 

Joining the internship for the opportunity to broaden her understanding of healthcare at system, strategic and operational levels; Lucy is excited to implement the knowledge, skills and experience she has gained throughout the internship. She has a passion for engaging collaboratively to implement initiatives which have a tangible impact on patient experience and outcomes. Her interests include risk management, strategic planning, policy, project and change management.

Annie Makar

Annie commenced the Health Management Internship Program in 2021. She is in her second year of the program, completing her final placement at PwC in the Health and Wellbeing team.

Most recently, Annie completed a placement at the Victorian Department of Health in the System Reform unit, where she contributed to evaluating and the continued implementation of the Better at Home initiative. She has also completed placements at Barwon Health in the Strategy & Planning Division, the Public Health Unit, and the Quality and Safety Unit at West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

Annie holds a Master of Health Service Management from Griffith University and 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 participated in multiple volunteer programs in developing countries and Australia.

Throughout the program, Annie endeavours to enhance her leadership and management skills and become an influential, passionate, and innovative leader. She is interested in understanding 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.

Harry Thorn

Harrison joined the program in 2021 and he is currently working as an Analyst for Emerson Health. He has completed previous placements at Barwon Health in Strategy and Planning, in the North East Metro team of the Department of Health (Vic), and at Alfred Health as the Executive Officer to the Board and in Digital 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 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 and 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 policy, strategy, and business lenses impact on the care people receive on a daily basis.