Former GDP participants – James Maddock

Degree and graduate year

  • 2014 Graduate Development Program – Finance and Business Stream.
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Economics, University of Western Australia.

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

I had heard great things about the program and I thought working for a large organisation would mean there was always interesting and varied work (which there is).

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

My first placement was at Royal Street with the Budget Strategy Directorate. From there I moved out to Health Service land with the North Metropolitan Mental Health Service. Finally for my third placement, I returned to Royal Street to join the Health Reform Directorate.

What is your current position?

Finance and Business Analyst at North Metropolitan Mental Health Service (NMHS-MH).

What does your current job involve?

I provide financial and business support and advice to programme personnel and cost centre managers within NMHS-MH. I update and maintain the performance analysis tools that I developed while on my graduate placement last year and use the data sources to produce the required monthly reports. As well as the operational duties, I will be working on a few projects, namely re-designing the suite of monthly reporting and analysing the allocation of costs at Graylands Hospital.

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

Rolling out the performance analysis tools I developed to clinical program managers.

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

Get involved as much as you can and never underestimate the importance of networking and building productive working relationships.

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