About the program

Western Sydney Local Health District Health Management Graduate Program

About the Program

The Program

The Health Management Graduate Program (HMGP) is a two-year program focused on developing management skills and competencies for future health leaders and managers.

Health Management (HM) trainees are employed on a temporary full-time basis by WSLHD whilst undertaking their Master’s degree through the University of Tasmania.

Western Sydney Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Placements

Placement rotations are organised by the Office of the Executive Director Operations (EDO) to ensure HM trainees experience multiple aspects of the healthcare system. During these placements HM trainees work closely with an assigned supervisor and mentor who support and assist in developing the trainee’s competencies.

Year 1
The first year of the program provides trainees with three of the four month placement rotations, placed with an experienced supervisor who is a Senior Manager within the WSLHD.

Year 2
The second year of the program provides trainees with two of the six month placement rotations, which graduates are given the opportunity to express interest in available placements.

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The study

For the two-year program trainees will be enrolled in either a Master of Health Services Management or Master of Health Information Management through the University of Tasmania.

WSLHD funds all university fees and reimburses trainees for any compulsory textbooks.

As part of the academic component trainees are required to attend six Master Classes per year.

Study leave will be provided where appropriate.

For more information on the two offered Masters please click the links below:

Eligibility

WSLHD is looking for motivated and charismatic individuals who are looking for a fulfilling career within the public health system. Applicants should be innovative and enthusiastic to make a difference in a challenging and dynamic environment.

To be eligible to apply to the program applicants must:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised university. Qualifications can be checked by contacting the University of Tasmania at sue.thomson@utas.edu.au
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Meet the selection criteria outlined in the application

Western Sydney Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Salary and Benefits

The HMGP offers a full benefits package including the following:

  • Competitive Salary
    The WSLHD HMGP offers a startling salary of $61,631.04 per annum, increasing at the conclusion of the first year to $65,077.50 per annum with successful progression through the program.  
  • Leave Entitlements
    Trainees are eligible for leave entitlements such as annual leave and Allocated Days Off (ADO).
  • Salary Packaging
    Access to salary packaging and meals entertainment benefits is also available.
  • Master’s Sponsorship
    Sponsorship for the Master of Health Services Management or Master of Health Information Management through the University of Tasmania funded by WSLHD.
  • Fitness Passport
    Fitness Passport is a corporate health and fitness program that allows its members to access a wide range of their local health and fitness suppliers.

Support

The HMGP incorporates a comprehensive support network to assist graduates during and after the program. This support is offered through a number of informal and formal ways to the HM trainees, including:

  • Monthly Support Group
    Trainee meetings with support persons occur on a monthly basis. Meetings consist of a trainees and supervisors in an informal setting, providing trainees and supervisors the opportunity to share experiences and provide support.
  • Mentoring
    Mentoring throughout the program will occur with your placement supervisors, with managers providing advice and guidance throughout placements to the trainees.
  • Informal Sessions
    Informal sessions will be held with the HMGP UTAS Coordinator during each placement. The Manager will visit you at your placement to discuss your development and ensure any issues you have within your placement are dealt with.
  • Current and Alumni HM Trainees
    All past and present graduates of the WSLHD program are part of an easily accessible support network, willing to assist trainees with any questions or difficulties they may have whilst completing the program.

Education and Professional Development

HM trainees undertake a variety of in-house and external courses in their development as future leaders and managers, and gain an understanding of the health system. Education courses include:

  • Postgraduate studies in a Masters of Health Services Management OR Master of Health Information Management.
    For more information please follow the “The Study” link.
  • NSW Health and in-house education courses
  • Learning Sets
    HMGP learning sets facilitate the integration of workplace and educational components for the trainees. Learning sets are facilitated by the UTAS coordinator and are held monthly with a guest speaker invited to present a topic within their specialty area. The aims of learning sets are:
  • To encourage graduates to critically appraise various aspects of their work situations in relation to concepts and ideas from the education program
    • To provide peer support
    • To facilitate the exchange of experiences, observations and ideas
    • To encourage the development of critical reflective practice
    • To assist graduates with approaches to developing their management and personal competence and
    • To provide advice and guidance on the preparation of work for assessment.
  • Professional association and industry conferences

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