17 November What interns think of the health management internship program November 17, 2015By Tais Lildaree General 0 Jane Dinh 17 Nov 2015 The VIC HMIP is quite different to the HMIP program in other states as interns rotate through four placements in different organisations. Having been in the program for almost a year, we would like to give you a summary of what the program is all about, things we found useful and what to look forward to. Before the program my knowledge of health was limited. Since starting the program I have been exposed to high level discussions in health. At the Department of Health & Human Services I was the secretariat for the Public Health Services CEO and Department of Health & Human Services forum. I often think back to what positions I would need to give me this high level exposure. How many people in an organisation are able to see and speak to their CEO? I feel very fortunate to have been given these opportunities in my internship. The College also provides a mentor which is a great way to share your experiences and reflect on your learnings. My mentor has been my pillar of support, my voice of reason and has been able to impart her wealth of wisdom. She has helped me understand and overcome the challenges faced not only professionally but personally as well. She has also helped me to network with other high level professionals in the industry. The breakfast forums, EHM forums and Congress are all really good networking opportunities. I was able to meet and speak with my idol Dale Fisher from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She has been an inspiration to many of us particularly women in leadership positions. The best advice that Dale gave me was that “instead of thinking how lucky you are to have worked in this capacity, think about how lucky these people are to have you working for them!” Above: Jane Dinh with Dale Fisher Through this program I have also made very great friendships with the other Victorian interns. We have shared our experiences and learnings with one another and have provided immense support during difficult times. Above from left to right: Hannah Kennedy, Laura Creaton, Rubin Ng, Jane Dinh, Nuri Besimovski, Maria Cazar and Yilin Zhang In my current placement at Cabrini Health, I have been given so much support and the range of projects they have included me on has varied from transitioning patients to nursing home, inpatient communication strategies, updating an orthopaedic joint replacement brochure and reducing printing costs for the organisation. The ACHSM Management Competencies Assessment Tool is very useful to guide me in competencies that I need to address. In my third rotation I will be based at SouthWest Healthcare in Warrnambool in Human Resources. This will give me exposure to human resources and financial management. This program has been a great learning opportunity to experiment and experience different departments within health and the various health settings. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a health management career. Related Posts What is value-based healthcare? Have you ever heard of value-based healthcare? When I was first introduced to the term during my initial days at Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) in January 2019 on my very first placement, I thought it was another one of those ‘word salads’ - I understood each of the individual words, but the whole term made no sense! The challenges in providing rural healthcare According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 75% of the population does not get enough exercise and 69% of the population are considered overweight or obese in rural communities. Transitioning - A move from the world of supply chain management to health policy administration The intricacies in governance and change management that precedes implementation of new policies or organisational change was quite fascinating. This has been quite helpful in bridging the gap between my experiences as a healthcare staff working at the coalface and policy administration. Networking, a health management intern’s holy grail To a new Health Management Intern, what exactly does ‘networking’ mean? Mpilwenhle ‘MP’ Mthunzi has attempted to demystify the term by soliciting the views and experiences of his fellow interns and sharing tips on how to network effectively Introducing the Vic 1st Year HMIP Interns An introduction to the 2016 1st year Victorian health management interns 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. Comments are closed.