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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.

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.

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.