Former GDP participants – Ashleigh Clifton

Degree and graduate year

  • 2011 Graduate Development Program.
  • Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, with majors in Public Health, Pathology, Marketing and Management.

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

Being able to work in three different parts of an organisation, significant professional development opportunities, and being part of a group program.

What areas did you work in while in the graduate program?

Placement 1: Fiona Stanley Hospital Project – Communications and Operational Planning.
Placement 2: Princess Margaret Hospital – Outpatient Redesign Program.
Placement 3: Environmental Health – Science and Policy Unit.

What did you enjoy most about your graduate year?

Working in three diverse areas of WA Health; there was a huge variety and difference in work between all areas. I also enjoyed catching up with the other graduates and hearing and learning about the areas they were working in.

What is your current position?

Senior Project Officer, Inpatient Unit Project for the Perth Children’s Hospital Project.

What does your current job involve?

Working closely with PMH staff to plan and prepare for the transition of the inpatient services at PMH to the Perth Children’s Hospital. This is a diverse role which includes aspects of business improvement, policy writing, project management, issue and risk management and change management.

What has been your most memorable experience while working in WA Health?

Getting hands on experience testing water quality at the Kings Park Naturescape playground and swimming pool at Next Generation gym in Kings Park. This was a public health measure when I was working in Environmental Health.

What advice do you wish someone had given you prior to starting your graduate year?

Even within a placement there will be a variety of work going on around you, try to get involved in different aspects of your area or unit, not just your assigned project.

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