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Vic Management Interns' blog

Blog posts by Management Interns of the ACHSM based in the State of Victoria.

The role of a health manager during a health crisis – Responding to COVID-19 and leading through uncertainty

The role of a health manager during a health crisis – Responding to COVID-19 and leading through uncertainty

When I commenced the health management internship in 2020, I would never have expected to be involved in one of the largest public health crises to affect the Australian health system. COVID-19 has infected over 2 million people and resulted in 161,000 deaths globally.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and the new Health Manager

Ensuring the delivery of safe and high-quality patient care is the responsibility of everyone that work within the health service – including the patient themselves. Introduced in 2013, the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards stipulate the level of care consumers can expect to receive during their episode of care.

Settling into a new professional environment

A steep learning curve of the internship is settling into new and unfamiliar environments. We start 4 jobs in 2 years, each placement is vastly different and generally involves a role that we have had limited prior experience in. Integrating quickly into new working environments is always challenging and is a skill that needs to be developed like any other. But some simple methods can be utilised to make the transition easier and more effective.
Aviation accidents and patient safety

Aviation accidents and patient safety

Aviation is by no doubt a high risk industry, but it is a relatively safe one. The National Safety Council in the US estimated in 2017 that the lifetime odds of death for being a passenger on a plane is 1 in 188,364.2 This shows that it is highly unlikely for someone to die due to a plane accident. On the other hand, healthcare, the high risk industry that is often not perceived as one by the public, has a much lower safety profile.

The role health managers can play in creating culturally safe environments for Aboriginal people

The colonisation and historical events that have occurred in Australia have had and continue to have devastating impacts on Aboriginal people. Accessing healthcare can be particularly difficult for our First Nations people due to a deep mistrust and the institutional racism present in most hospitals.

Personal Leadership

As a requirement of the Health Management Internship Program (HMIP) various competencies must be achieved. Here are tips and tricks on how to achieve the personal leadership competencies. Competency - Determination and perseverance in achieving org