Former GDP participants – Brodene Straw

Degree and graduate year

  • 2011 Graduate Development Program
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Human Resource Management)
  • Master of Health Services Management

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

I was attracted by the potential to immerse myself in three different projects and working environments, the opportunity to gain experience in the metropolitan area (after previously working for WA Country Health Service) and to challenge myself to try something new. The personal and professional development workshops offered were also a big drawcard.

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

My first placement was with the Institute for Health Leadership, collating information about the many service improvement initiatives underway across WA Health. I then moved to the Four Hour Rule Program Office at Royal Perth Hospital for my second placement, investigating potential improvements that could be made to the process of organising Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) funded travel for rural patients. My final placement was with the Organisational Development Branch at Health Corporate Network, working on a review of their recruitment and selection processes.

What did you enjoy most about your graduate year?

My Graduate year was a fantastic experience. Each project required me to develop new skills and engage with a variety of people. In addition to the experience and the new skills I developed, the Program also gave me a better understanding of some of the complexities of WA Health and the breadth of services required to enable the provision of quality health care to patients, from direct clinical care to corporate services.

What is your current position?

Senior Project Officer, Institute for Health Leadership

What does your current job involve?

I coordinate a range of leadership development programs for staff from across the health system (including junior doctors, senior doctors and the Graduate Development Program – Finance & Business Stream). This involves designing programs, engaging guest speakers, and working closely with participants to ensure that they are getting the most out of the development opportunities on offer.

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

During my Graduate year, I coordinated a forum for staff from across the state to come together and discuss potential improvements to Patient Assisted Travel Scheme. The forum itself was fantastic, and I was able to present my final report and recommendations to members of the WA Country Health Service Executive Team. This was a memorable experience, and a great opportunity for me to have a positive impact on the health system.

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

I was lucky enough to get some advice from a few people before I started in the Graduate Development Program. My advice to others is to be confident and enthusiastic, immerse yourself in as much as you can, work hard and enjoy yourself.

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